Just around the time the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection comes out, Jamie and I speak with Sazerac Director and Master Blender, Drew Mayville. Drew tells us of his favourite Buffalo Trace Experimental lines, answers the question of “why BTAC?” and talks about his role as the Master Blender. We sipped from the Single Oak Project with their experiment of coarse grain versus light grain. We also took home some the infamous 26-year old [failed experiment].Read More
The Whisky Topic is on its sixteenth episode! I see podcasting as the equivalent to DVD commentary found on many blu-ray and DVD movies (I didn't invent this concept, I think Dan Benjamin may have). This week’s episode is an excellent example. I would rarely write about any of the tastings that I host—it would make for a boring read. I do think, though, it makes for an interesting listen.
This week, Jamie and I are joined by Glenford Jameson to discuss a blind tasting I hosted at my place a few weeks back. I’ve stressed it is important to maintain trust with your audience when doing blind tastings. It insults your audience if you pair two dynamically different whiskies in hopes of ‘tricking’ them. However, I made an exception. I asked a group of friends I regularly drink whisky with to participate in a ‘tricky’ blind tasting. They didn’t know what they were up for, but I broke all the rules. I served them:
- slightly different versions of the same whisky
- the same whisky
- the same mash bill and age statement, but different label