96: Drew Mayville, Master Blender of Buffalo Trace, Returns!

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Drew Mayville discusses Buffalo Trace’s quest for the perfect whisky, the Pappy 25 release, High River Canadian Whisky, and Sazerca’s plans for the new distillery in Quebec! And how do you pronounce BTAC? 

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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95: Black Bottled Bonded with Mal Spence

This week Mark and Jamie are joined by Mal Spence, the Global Brand Ambassador for Black Bottled Blended. We talk about Glasgow, Mal Spence’s long career as a bartender, and the history of Black Bottled Blended. 

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The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

94: Reviving The Old Taylor Distillery with Master Distiller Marianne Barnes

Photo cred: Glenford Jameson

Photo cred: Glenford Jameson

Castle & Key Distillery is located on the historic Old Taylor Distillery site. The podcast is joined by Castle & Key’s Master Distillery, Marianne Barnes. We discuss mash-bills, Colonel E.H. Taylor, history, searching for ancient yeast, and the incredibly Old Taylor property. 

Castle & Key Distillery

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93: Freddie Johnson talks ghosts, history, and the Bourbon Pompeii

Mark brings the podcast on the road to Kentucky, where he interviews Freddie Johnson in an old warehouse on the Buffalo Trace property. Freddie is the third generation of his family to work on these grounds, and he talks to his family’s history. Also, ghosts, Pappy, and the Bourbon Pompeii. You can visit Freddie when on tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery! Just be sure to book the tour in advance. 

92: Mark starts talking to himself!

A shortened podcast this week as Mark previews his trip to Kentucky, the episodes coming up, and Elijah Craig Small Batch vs the discounted 12 Year Old Age statement Elijah Craig.

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91: The Best $20/Litre Bourbon Tournament with Eric Burke

Eric Burke of bourbonguy.com comes on the podcast to discuss the results of the March Madness Bourbon Tournament, a tournament dedicated to find the best affordable bourbon. Learn which ones were elevated to the Fancy-Shelf! 

Links: 
You can follow Eric Burke on twitter @arok
The blog is bourbonguy.com
Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets: The Championship Rounds
If You've Had... the Jim Beam Edition

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90: Interview with Raj Peter Bhakta of WhistlePig

Raj Peter Bhakta’s journey included being on season 2 of The Apprentice, losing the 2006 congressional bid in the 13th congressional district of Pennsylvania, and buying a 500-acre milk farm in Vermont. It was the purchase of the farm, and his love for whisky, that started him on a path of WhistlePig Distillery. Mark and Jamie ask Raj about the distillery, his sugar shack, and WhistlePig’s newest release, FarmStock. Also, Jamie notes the importance of balloons. 

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Other show notes:
WhistlePig Distillery
WhistlePig FarmStock

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89: Whisky Origin Story

Mark and Jamie discuss their origin stories on how they got into whisky. Jamie claims to not need research, but that proves wrong. Mark keeps talking about wanting to have the mutant healing factor super power. We mention whisky. 

Mentions:
whiskey_flyer’s whisky cabinet
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88: The Making of the Brand Ambassador with Jamie Johnson

Whisky Brand Ambassadors carry the heart and passion of the distillery out to their local scene. This week Jamie Johnson, of The Balvenie Distillery, talks about her experience of going to Scotland and becoming a brand ambassador for the distillery. We also mention green beer, boy bands, and tips for St. Patrick’s Day! 

Links mentioned: 
Join the contest to pick a topic by buying Mark’s Book and posting it on Instagram with the hashtag #TheWhiskyCabinet
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The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

87: Jamie finally quotes a study!

Mark and Jamie discuss recent whisky news including Pappy Van Winkle coming back with its oldest whisky yet, the continued rise of whisky sales, and Jamie finally quotes a study! 

Mentioned on the podcast: 

Supply, Demand, and Shelf Space - The Story Between Whisky Makers and NAS Haters
Who Wants 25-Year Old Van Winkle Bourbon?
American Whisky Revenue is Up
Diageo Returns to Irish Whiskey
The Whisky Topic Episode 70 with Dr. Nick Morgan
Don't Cry for Old Grand-Dad 114 - It’s back! 

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86: Canadian Whisky Awards with Davin de Kergommeaux

It’s all about Canadian whisky. Mark and Jamie are joined by author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Export and Head Judge of the Canadian Whisky awards, Davin de Kergommeaux. We get inside whisky judging, the winners, and debate batches! 

Links:

Follow Davin on Twitter @davindek
Canadian Whisky Award 2017 Best In the World
Masterson’s Straight Rye - Best Canadian Whisky 2017 on whsky.buzz

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85: Tips and Tricks of Having a Crazy Bourbon Collection

This week we’re joined by Peter of @newbourbondrink. Peter is a whisky blogger and collector. As an example, he has 30 different Buffalo Trace Antique Collections. Peter shares his tips on finding these rare rare whiskies. Incidentally, Peter brings samples of his favourite 5 whiskies of 2016 and plus some of the surprise whiskies he disliked. 

Follow Peter on Twitter @newbourbondrink and read his whisky reviews on wordpress

Links mentioned:

Peter’s and Mark’s Gifted Horse Review
First Impressions Drinking from a Norlan Whisky Glass
No 1 Whiskey of the Year vs some lesser Rye…
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye: Worth the Hype?

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84: Sipping Jameson with Conor Timmons

We are joined this week by Conor Timmons, Brand Ambassador for Jameson! We explore the new Jameson whiskeys focused on the craft of making whisky. We also discuss St. Patrick’s Day, green beer, and shots (and how to avoid them!) 

Links mentioned: 
Conor’s Instagram Account
Jameson’s Makers Series: Cooper’s Croze, Blender’s Dog, Distillery’s Safe
Lot No 40 Cask Strength whsky.buzz review

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83: Chat with Mark Gillespie of The WhiskyCast Podcast

Mark and Jamie wouldn’t be podcasting without Mark Gillespie of the WhiskyCast. Mark Gillespie joins Mark and Jamie to talk about how he started in podcasting, how the whisky enthusiast community has changed over the years, social media, and where he sees whisky going in 2017. 

Links Mentioned:
WhiskyCast Podcast
Beam Suntory Backtracks after Booker’s Boo-Boo
Victoria Whisky Festival
Hotel Grand Pacific

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82: Celebrating St. Tibb’s Eve

In our annual holiday podcast, Mark and Jamie celebrate St. Tibb’s and air grievances in honour of Festivus! Booker’s Bourbon price increase gets “mentioned” but more importantly, Jamie shares some great whisky news! 

Mentioned on the podcast:
Festivus for the Rest of U
Tibb’s Eve
Booker’s Bourbon Price Increase
The Balvenie

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81: Bowmore & Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch with Marcio Ramos!

Marcio Ramos, Brand Ambassador for Bowmore and Laphroaig, comes to the Whisky Topic to share rare whiskies from both distilleries. We offer tricks and tips to how to get these rare whiskies at whisky trade shows and events! 

Marcio’s Instagram
Marcio’s The Whisky Topic t-shirt photo
BourbonGents
The Caledonian
Friends of Laphroaig

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80: Rum & Blended Scotch with Brand Ambassador Nicolas Villalon

Nicolas Villalon from Edrington comes over to offer Mark and Jamie some rum, special bottling of blended whisky (Black Grouse, Alpha Grouse release), and we have some Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition. 

Links mentioned: 

Cutty Sark
The Famous Grouse
Brugal Rum 1888
Nicolas Villalon on Instagram
Nicolas Fishing 
The Macallan X Lyan: Scotch whisky purists try The Macallan in cocktails

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79: The Tale of Two Micro-Distilleries

This week, Jamie and Mark interview a distillery from Kentucky and one from Ontario to compare how regulation and taxation affects the whisky they make. Andrew Buchanan is of Hearetfield & Co from Paris, Kentucky, and Michael Hook is from The Last Straw Distillery in Vaughan, Ontario. We discuss how Bill 70 being proposed in Ontario will affect Ontario distilleries.

Links:

The Whisky Cabinet is available on Amazon
The Ontario Craft Distillers Association
Ontario's Micro-Distillers Feel Betrayed by Their Government
Heartfield & Co Distillery
The Last Straw Distillery

The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

78: Interview with Jim Beam’s Matt Jones

Jamie and Mark interview Matt Jones, the Canadian brand ambassador for Beam Suntory, specifically focused on Jim Beam and Canadian Club. We look at the history of no-age statement bourbons, new products coming into the marketplace, and the whisky ambassador lifestyle. 

You can follow Matt’s adventures on Instagram and Twitter (@whisky_chef)

Mentioned on the podcast:
Jim Beam Black wins IWSC Best Bourbon
Jim Beam Bonded
Jim Beam Double Oak
Ironing Board Meetings on Instagram
NB Spirit Festival

The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

77: Interview with Marvin Allen, Author of Magic in a Shaker

Marvin Allen is the bar manager at the Carousel Bar & Lounge, the world’s only carousal where you need to be 21 to ride. Marvin talks about how the cocktail scene has changed in the last 15 years, Tales of the Cocktail, and his book: Magic in a Shaker. 

Mentioned on the show: 

Tales of the Cocktail
Hotel Monteleone
The Carousal Bar & Lounge
Magic in a Shaker by Marvin Allen

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