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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 461: JANUARY 17, 2014

This is the first of two episodes from this weekend’s Victoria Whisky Festival in British Columbia, where Canadian whisky was featured on opening night with the presentation of the 2013 Canadian Whisky Awards. Corby’s Lot No. 40 ended Forty Creek Distillery’s three-year run as Canadian Whisky of the Year, but by the slimmest of margins. We’ll hear from the winners, as well as the equally pleased runners-up. In the news, Suntory’s $16 billion deal to acquire Beam is drawing fire from some critics, Wild Turkey will honor Jimmy Russell with a special bottling to mark his 60th anniversary at the distillery this year, and Clynelish will be the latest Diageo distillery in Scotland to get an expansion. Mark also offers a commentary on the Suntory-Beam merger and why it’s good for whisky lovers.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 455: DECEMBER 8, 2013

The Malt Maniacs announced the results of the 11th annual Malt Maniacs Whisky Awards this week, and a 1973 Karuizawa single cask from Japan ended GlenDronach’s three-year reign as the overall champion. This year’s competition was one of the toughest ever, with only four gold medals out of nearly 200 entries. Maniacs Oliver Klimek and Keith Wood join us to discuss this year’s competition on WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, there’s a $10,000 reward being offered in the Pappy Van Winkle thefts, The Macallan’s David Cox updates us on the US launch of M and the distillery’s £100 million expansion project, and Glenmorangie’s David Blackmore explains how 50 bottles of the Glenmorangie 1963 were discovered in a warehouse. This week’s tasting notes include the latest batch of Aberlour A’Bunadh and the Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select.

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WHISKYCAST VIRTUAL TASTINGS: MARCH 2013

This month, we’ve brought together a panel of novice whisky tasters with more enthusiasm than experience and turned them loose on three very different whiskies. Jim McVeigh, Carolyn Strator, and Matthew Morlock tasted the Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey from Kentucky, Suntory’s Hibiki 12-year-old blended whisky from Japan, and the Highland Park 12-year-old single malt from Scotland.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 395: OCTOBER 27, 2012

Lots to talk about this week, with new whiskies and a new version of a very old whisky. Whyte & Mackay is producing a new release of MacKinlay’s to help raise money for the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, which maintains the historic sites from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expeditions to Antarctica. In the news, Nikka whiskies are on their way to the US, Woodford Reserve unveils this year’s Masters Collection Bourbon, and we’ll get an update on Wiser’s plans to increase its profile worldwide. Dr. Nick Morgan of Diageo joins us for WhiskyCast In-Depth to discuss distillery expansions, this year’s Special Releases from the Classic Malts, and the global impact of Blended Scotches.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 390: SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

This week, we’re catching up with old friends and on new whiskies. After two full weeks on the road, there was much more to talk about than what would fit in the episodes from Paris and Bardstown — even with bonus episodes each week. We’ll “Czech” up on Hammer Head’s new 23-year-old Czech single malt, Gordon & MacPhail’s re-release of the Glenlivet 70 in Vancouver, and find out about a really old Karuizawa single malt from Japan…complete with tasting notes!

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WHISKYCAST VIRTUAL TASTINGS: JULY 2012

We’re marking the end of the first year of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings with four panelists from previous episodes. Sean Fousheé, Shelly Brisbin, Tim Davis, and Scott Rogers tasted three single malts: Suntory’s Yamazaki 18-year-old, the Bunnahabhain Toiteach, and a “mystery malt” to be revealed at the end of the tasting.

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 369: MAY 13, 2012

Japanese whiskies have won numerous awards in whisky competitions over the last decade, yet many whisky lovers have yet to try them. Until now, very few whiskies have been exported outside Japan, and even fewer to the U.S. Hakushu 12-year-old single malt has been available in Europe and other regions for a while, but it’s just now becoming available in America. Suntory’s Mike Miyamoto is a former manager at Hakushu and Yamazaki, and he’ll explain the differences between the two whiskies, Michael Jackson’s role in developing Hakushu’s style, and answer some of your questions as well. In the news, Maker’s Mark wins another round in court, the matriarch of the William Grant family has passed away, and the Larks celebrate an anniversary in Australia. 

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WHISKYCAST EPISODE 342: NOVEMBER 6, 2011

Ichiro Akuto is a maverick among Japanese whisky distillers, creating traditional whiskies with a style that’s anything but traditional. When his family sold their Hanyu Distillery, he not only bought the remaining stocks of Hanyu, but built his own Chichibu Distillery next to the family’s sake brewery. Ichiro shares his family history and his philosophy with us this week as we mark the end of WhiskyCast’s 6th year.