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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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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116: The 2018 Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets!

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Eric Burke, of BourbonGuy.com, returns to the podcast for his annual look at the best bourbons to buy on a budget. This year, though, a few ryes were introduced into the picture! We talk about whisky reviews, ratings, and what to look for in an affordable whisky!

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114: Then & Now with Mark Gillespie and Davin de Kergommeaux

Mark Gillepsie (WhiskyCast Podcast) and Davin de Kergommeaux (Author of Canadian Whisky: The NEW Portable Expert) have been in the industry longer than most. Davin is a Malt Maniac, and Mark started his podcast far before whisky (and podcasting) has rose in popularity to today's level. We talk about Bourbon made outside of Kentucky, Blended Scotch, Single Malt Scotch Finishes, the "other world" whiskies that are made it big, and Canadian Whisky.

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113: Drinks at BarChef with Frankie Solarik and the BarChef Project

Frankie Solarik of BarChef takes us through the cocktail program at BarChef, his roots, his inspirations, his creative process, and we talk about his new product—The BarChef Project.

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112: The Recipe to the Most Famous Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle

The recipe a bourbon starts with during fermentation is the DNA of the whisky, but it’s not everything that goes into the whisky. We discuss the most famous bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle, and the other whiskies that share its recipe and have likewise enjoyed fame and inflated prices! In this episode, we drink Old Rip Van Winkle, William Larue Weller, and Weller Antique 107. 

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111: The Keys to the Hotel Bar with Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is the head bartender of Char No.5 Whisky Bar at the Delta. We talk about the perks of a hotel bar, the history of the cocktail movement, and some of our favourite drinks! 

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110: John Quinn Tells us a Tale, occasionally, about Tullamore Dew

John Quinn is the Global Brand Ambassador for Tullamore Dew. We speak about the Irish Whiskey industry, through it's recent history (70s to today), and taste a deconstruction of Tullamore Dew as well as something new!

You’ll be able to get Tullamore Dew XORum at the LCBO

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109: Mark and Jamie Answer Your Questions!

Mark and Jamie answer listener questions. Shout-out to the Barrie Scotch Whisky Society for providing the questions! You can watch this podcast on YouTube

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108: Jameson, Beau Finished!

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Beer meets whisky in this episode of The Whisky Topic. Ger Buckley is responsible for the barrel program for Jameson. Steve Beauchesne is president of Beau’s Brewery. The brewery and the distillery partnered up to make beer finished in whisky barrels, and whisky finished in beer barrels! We also learn about baseball. 

Beau's Strong Patrick can be purchased at the LCBO

Jameson's Caskmates is available worldwide (and the LCBO)

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106: Mike Brisebois talks Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, & Deanston!

Mike Brisebois was once ran a whisky club, but his passion soon turned into a career. He is now the brand ambassador for Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, and Deanston. He comes on the podcast to correct Mark on how to pronounce Bunnahabhain (Mark calls it that Bunny whisky), tasting orders, and the importance of water! 

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105: Andy Watts joins the podcast! Nothing else needs saying…

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Andy Watts, Master Distillery for Three Ships & Bains Distillery, joins the podcast. He made a 38 hour trip just to be on the podcast (and attend the NB Spirits Festival). We speak about Jamie’s furry hat, whisky making in South Africa, and naming whisky events! You can follow Andy’s adventures of Twitter as @TheWhiskyMaker. Thank you to NB Spirit Festival for hosting us!

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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