136: The Dirty Underground World of Bourbon Flipping

Peter drinks, trades, and collects high-end rare bourbons by the hundred. Pappies, Staggs, rare distillery releases, he has them all. He also writes for his blog, New Bourbon Drinker. Peter joins us to talk about some of his latest purchases from the dark underground world of whisky trading. Learn which whiskies are overpriced, big prizes, those that undervalued, and those he’s keeping stashed away until they get discovered.

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135: Tasting Terroir from Within Waterford’s Whisky Library

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Ned Gahan, Head Distill at Waterford Distillery, takes us through several samples of whisky in the search of whisky terroir. Ned worked at the old Guinness brewery at Waterford, and takes us through the history of on the site that once exclusively produced beer, and now makes whisky. As usual, Mark gets carried away and starts picking out random samples during the podcast. 

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134: Whisky Terroir with Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery

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Mark Reynier, of Bruichladdich fame, is on the precipice of releasing the first set of whiskies that are entirely terroir focused. Waterford Distillery is entirely purpose built for the production of vintage whiskies that can be traced down right down to the field the barley was grown. We talk about some of Mark Reynier’s history in Bruichladdich, the emotional attachment to farming, terroir, and the whisky that’ll be coming out from Waterford Distillery!

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133: Irish Whiskey with Louise McGuane of J.J. Corry

“The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm.” Luise McGuane planned to setup a grain to glass distillery on her farm, but instead was fortunate enough to be given access to old stock of Irish Whiskey. She now produces the J.J. Corry brand of Irish Whiskey blending and selling awarding winning styles of Irish Whiskey.

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132: “What’s a Cask Strength Blend?” With Dr. Don Livermore!

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In Mark’s annual pilgrimage to Hiram-Walker Distillery, we hear from Dr. Don Livermore, the Master Blender for the distillery. This will be a preview of the Northern Border Collection Rare Releases, and the NHL Alumni series! As usual, we geek out about flavour molecules and what goes into blending whisky.

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131: Tasting Whisky Dusties from the 60s

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Glenford Jameson and Mark Bylok sit down to drink old whisky dusties from the 60s. What to look for when you're acquiring old whiskies? What can you expect? Two of the three whiskies will be a complete surprise!

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130: The Gordons Join the Podcast!

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Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce and Brand Ambassador Gordon Stevenson. We talk about anCnoc, Balblair and Old Pulteney, whisky making culture, and there are some swears!

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129: The Evolving Story of Beam Suntory

Between Legent and Suntory Ao, Beam Suntory is releasing products not seen before from the company. Ray Daniel, brand ambassador, joins us to talk about the whisky coming out, and the life of a brand ambassador! We also talk about the Wonderful World of Whisky Show.

Thank you to the Wonderful World of Whisky Show for providing accommodations. Check out the show in 2020 coming in March 28th.

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128: Toasting Memories with $30k Worth of Whiskies!

Mark & Jamie taste through The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four for the first time. This collection typically retails for $30k US, and this year’s theme is “Expecting the Unexpected.” While enjoying a few drinks, Mark and Jamie review 2018, Jamie’s work as Brand Ambassador, and we look back over the years of the podcast.

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127: Master Blender Andres Faustinelli breaks down Bearface Whisky

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Master Blender, Andres Faustinelli, tells us how he uses a wine-like finishing process to blend Bearface whisky. That process includes short finishing using French oak ex-wine barrels, and new Hungarian oak barrels. Andres deconstructs Bearface from start to finish, and tells us how he succeeds by asking the wrong people the right question.

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126: “It’s the only word that rhymes with orangie,” says Bry Simpson of Ardbeg and Glenmorangie

Bry Simpson, the Brand Ambassador for Ardbeg and Glenmorangie, joins Jame and Mark on the podcast. We talk about Bry’s origin story, we debate which distillery released double cask maturation first, and drink plenty of delicious whiskies!


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125: “Lignin, the most unappreciated flavour molecule in the world.” - Dr. Don Livermore

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Mark Bylok interviews Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Hiram-Walker Distillery. We introduce the Northern Border Collection Rare Release of 2018, including Lot No. 40 Cask Strength, Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls, J.P. Wiser’s 35, and Pikes Creek 21 Year Old! We geek out over the Canadian flavour wheel, and how Dr. Don is using the flavour wheel to tailor blends of whisky.

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124: Whisky Glassware Matters with Raymond Davidson of Glencairn

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In the early days, Raymond Davidson ordered his whisky in a wine glass when drinking at the bar. Already being in the crystal business, he had enough of this, and created what we now know as the iconic Glencairn Glass. It wasn’t until his son Paul found the glass, that this was turned into a product primarily intended for whisky trades-people. While when originally released (back in 2001), it was intended for trades people, it’s the glass many consumers use to enjoy their whisky. Raymond Davidson joins us on the podcast. We speak about the Keepers of the Quaich, the importance of glassware, and how to win your very own Glencairn with the whisky.buzz logo!

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On Instagram, post a photo with your favourite bottle of whisky and (if you have one) a Glencairn glass, with the hashtag #thewhiskytopic #whiskybuzz #glencairn!

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123: Just a FEW drinks with the founder of FEW Spirits

FEW Spirits is a grain to grass distillery founded by Paul Hletko located in Evanston Illinois, the birthplace of prohibition. Located just outside of Chicago, FEW produces ryes, bourbons, and gin! Paul Hletko takes us through the history of the distillery, the town, and the range of the whisky. Recorded in New Orleans, during Tales of the Cocktail! 

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122: An Exclusive “Look” Into the Eagle Rare Lab with Master Blender Drew Mayville

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We visit the Eagle Rare Lab, newly opened, where Master Blender Drew Mayville builds some of the best bourbon and ryes coming out of Kentucky from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Drew takes us through the new lab, and we do a tasting of whisky (of course!). We discuss the essence of George T. Stagg Bourbon, the story behind Taylor Four Grain, and explore a brand new expression from Weller as chosen by Buffalo Trace fans! 

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121: Whisky Photographer Brett Ferencz (Scotch Trooper) Talks about his Return to Instagram

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Brett Ferencz combined his passion around whisky, Star Wars and photography to take a hobby into a full-time job. His account took a hiatus when a complaint was filed against Brett and the brands he worked with, in around using Star Wars figurines to promote whisky products (the complaint is unrelated to the Star Wars franchise). Brett tells us about his tribulations, and his return to whisky photography! 

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Brett’s previous appearance on the podcast

Mashable: Instagrammer gives stormtroopers the whiskey they've always wanted

 

120: Bourbon Tariffs, Mead, and History with Fred Minnick

Fred Minnick joins the podcast to talk about the history of trade wars, including the most recent bourbon tariffs enacted against Bourbon. We also talk about Fred Minnick’s latest book on mead, writing, and a special bottling of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. 

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Please donate to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (https://biak.us/donations/) and Operation Ride Home (https://www.asymca.org/donate-operation-ride-home) to help support US troops, charities Fred Minnick supports. Read more about the special single bottle of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel on Fred Minnick’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/p/BknntcGhupN/?hl=en&taken-by=fredminnick)

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119: From Kentucky, to Japan, with a stop in Scotland

Matt Jones and Ray Daniel of Beam Suntory join the podcast to talk about Kentucky, Scotland, and Japanese whisky! Matt Jones recently took on the global whisky brand ambassador role for Beam Suntory in Canada, and Ran Daniel joins the bourbon portfolio that Matt Jones used to represent. We talk whisky:

Note: Apologies for some of the audio issues. I (Mark) didn’t notice a mic wasn’t working.

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118: Tales of the Cocktail Goes in a New Direction!

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Tales of the Cocktail is under new ownership! Director, Caroline Rosen, joins us to talk about the cocktail conference for 2018 returning to its home in New Orleans! We talk about events, parties, seminars, and the cocktails we drink. The podcast, though, starts with a state-of-the-union for the podcast where we introduce Bryan Goman to the team.

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117: Blender’s Mash bests Bourbon Mash

Mark Bylok is joined by Crown Royal's North American Brand Ambassador, Stephen Wilson, and Crown Royal's Master Blender, Mark Balkenende. Crown Royal Bourbon Mash has taken on controversial note when using the term "bourbon" in a Canadian whisky. We cover the reasons why. Plus, Mark gets surprised by pour of a special whisky! 

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