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WHISKYCAST HD: THE JOHN GLASER INTERVIEW, PART ONE

Compass Box founder John Glaser has been shaking up the Scotch Whisky industry for the last 15 years. In Part 1 of our 2-part interview conducted in John’s blending lab, we’ll discuss the early years of Compass Box along with his latest whisky, Great King Street Glasgow Blend. He’ll also answer questions submitted by WhiskyCast listeners.

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week features one of the demijohns full of whisky in the Compass Box blending lab. I’ll have a WhiskyCast HD feature with John Glaser coming to a web browser near you soon…

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week features one of the demijohns full of whisky in the Compass Box blending lab. I’ll have a WhiskyCast HD feature with John Glaser coming to a web browser near you soon…

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 501: OCTOBER 11, 2014

This week, we’ll look at the growth of craft distilling through the eyes of veteran drinks writer James Rodewald and distiller Darek Bell. Rodewald studied the boom in craft distilling for his new book “American Spirit.” Bell is one of the co-founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery, and has just published his second book, “Fire Water” - a look at ways to produce uniquely smoky whiskies.

In the news, we’ll also look at a bunch of new whiskies flooding the market from around the world, including The Glenrothes, Arran, The Balvenie, Clynelish, Woodford Reserve, and more. Speaking of floods, cleanup work is underway after a flood this week at a distillery in Speyside, and Manhattan mixologist Pam Witzinger of The Dead Rabbit teaches us how to make the perfect Manhattan. The Dead Rabbit was just named the best cocktail bar in North America and ranked #2 in the world by Difford’s Guide.

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the week is fresh off the memory card! I was able to spend some time with John Glaser of Compass Box in his blending lab today before flying home from London, and shot this portrait of him while working on some video for an upcoming WhiskyCast HD story.

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the week is fresh off the memory card! I was able to spend some time with John Glaser of Compass Box in his blending lab today before flying home from London, and shot this portrait of him while working on some video for an upcoming WhiskyCast HD story.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 500: OCTOBER 6, 2014

This is a special episode of WhiskyCast - not only is it the 500th episode, but it’s the second of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London! We’re packing a lot into this episode, with news on new whiskies from Girvan, Nikka, Kilchoman, and others, a re-start of production at Sweden’s Mackmyra Distillery, and a look at some of the new whisky books just being published.

Our main focus, though, is an in-depth look at whisky collecting, following yet another mainstream media story in Sunday’s Telegraph touting the investment value of rare whiskies. We’ll talk to some of the whisky lovers who hoped to get one of the rare Karuizawa single malt bottlings produced specially for the show, but were beaten to the punch..along with some who managed to get their hands on one. Much of the demand is coming from Asia, and things have gotten so crazy that some whisky bloggers are shooting video of themselves smashing empty sample bottles of Ardbeg’s recent Supernova release just to prove they didn’t sell their coded samples. Finally, we’ll hear from one of the world’s top whisky collectors…Sukhinder Singh, who’s seen whisky investing from all sides as both a collector and retailer of rare whiskies.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 499: OCTOBER 4, 2014

This is the first of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London, and we’ll be looking at some of the new whiskies that made their debut this weekend at Vinopolis, home of The Whisky Exchange. Some of the newest whiskies are actually very old whiskies, including four special Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection single malts to celebrate the transition of the family-owned business to a new generation of Urquharts. Michael Urquhart, the last of the third generation members to retire, helped introduce the 57 to 63-year-old whiskies during a master class today in London. Another longtime family-owned firm, Berry Bros. & Rudd, unveiled the oldest single grain Scotch whisky bottling on record, a 50-year-old North British grain distilled in 1962.

We’ll also check on the new Chivas Brothers distillery in Speyside that’s ramping up operations this week, along with Edradour’s plans to expand Scotland’s smallest distillery, and check on other new releases from around the world.

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WHISKYCAST VIRTUAL TASTINGS: SEPTEMBER 2014

September is Bourbon Heritage Month, and this month’s panel is tasting what else…Bourbons. Justin Victor and John DeYoung joined us via Skype, while Dan Huntzinger was in the studio with Mark Gillespie to taste the Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask Finished Bourbon, the 2014 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch, and the 23-year-old Elijah Craig Single Barrel. We also have another whisky club to honor as this month’s Whisky Club of the Month, too!

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WHISKYCAST HD: MAKING BOURBON ON DISPLAY AT THE EVAN WILLIAMS BOURBON EXPERIENCE

After decades of Bourbon history, Whiskey Row along Main Street in downtown Louisville finally has its first distillery. Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon Experience was built around a barrel-a-day microdistillery, and veteran distiller Charlie Downs is learning how to make whiskey all over again, using custom-designed artisanal stills instead of the massive continuous stills he used for most of his career.

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WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week comes from a couple of weeks ago when I got to spend a few minutes inside one of the warehouses at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery…until that day, Diageo had never allowed the public inside the warehouses, but this one is now open as part of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. 

WHISKY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week’s Whisky Photo of the Week comes from a couple of weeks ago when I got to spend a few minutes inside one of the warehouses at Louisville’s historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery…until that day, Diageo had never allowed the public inside the warehouses, but this one is now open as part of the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 498: SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

With all of the issues being raised over whisky labeling in the US and a new lawsuit challenging claims on Templeton Rye’s labels, we’ll hear this week from an attorney who’s become an expert in the US regulatory process as both a lawyer and distillery owner. David DeFazio is one of the co-founders of Wyoming Whiskey, and has been through the TTB’s maze of red tape on several occasions. He’ll explain the process and the potential pitfalls on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we’ll have more on the class-action lawsuit targeting Templeton Rye, Brown-Forman will invest $30 million in a new downtown Louisville distillery for Old Forester, and Scotch whisky exports fell during the first half of 2014. We’ll also have the latest on new whiskies from around the world, and here’s a riddle to this week’s tasting notes: think of a deer lost in space.