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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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

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.

Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast

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

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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Shout-out to Char No 5 for providing us the space, a great place to get a drink (75 Lower Simcoe St, Toronto)

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

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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Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/AhOxOiQBRKw

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

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

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

Shout to Char No 5 Whisky Bar for providing us the space to record. 

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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)

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

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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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

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.

104: The New Era of The Macallan with Nicolas Villalon

Nicolas Villalon, previous guest on the show (Episode 40 and Episode 80), returns in his new role as National Brand Ambassador for the US. We catch-up on all his time spent traveling, and drink through The Macallan Edition Series (all three that are currently out). The Edition Series comes in at under $100 (US), and has a proof north of 48%, and made in collaboration with artists and true crafts people. You can follow Nic’s adventures on Instagram 

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

103: The Most Royal of Podcasts, with Crown Royal

Crown Royal’s Brand Ambassador, Stephen Wilson, and Master Blender, Mark Balkenende, come by the podcast to speak about Crown Royal past, present, and future. Mark and Jamie finally tackle Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, and hear the story behind the craze when the whisky was named the best whisky in the world. (We do apologize for the sound issues, they don’t last beyond six minutes)

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

102: Canadians Get Loud with Davin de Kergommeaux

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Davin de Kergommeaux joins Mark and Jamie to talk about Canadian whisky, his book, and repeatedly showing Mark how he’s wrong all the time. We cover the best whisky in the world, the Northern Border Collection, Canadian Club 40 Year Old, and Collingwood Double Wood! 

Buy Davin’s book: Canadian Whisky, 2nd edition: The New Portable Expert

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

101: Northern Border Collection with Dr. Don

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Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Hiram-Walker, joins us on the podcast to discuss the brand new Northern Border Collection. This highly anticipated collection of premium Canadian whiskies includes Lot No 40 Cask Strength, the whisky Mark and Jamie have not been able to stop talking about. Learn more about Canadian whisky, this unique collection of whiskies, and the future of Canadian whiskies. Shout-out to Jen for co-hosting! 

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

100: Glenfiddich’s Experiments

Glenfiddich is the best selling single malt in the world, but hasn’t been resting. Their experimental series challenges the whisky consumer, and seeks out new markets. Beth Havers, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador for Canada, returns to the podcast to discuss the experimental series. We review Glenfiddich Project XX and IPA, and Mark tries to figure to guess the third release (it’s Winter Storm). 

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

99: Twelve Barrels of Whisky and Some TV

Cole Miller, founder of Twelve Barrels, is featured on Dragon’s Den (Canada’s version of Shark Tank) in hopes of getting investment dollars for his startup. Hear the behind-the-scenes from the show that aired. Also, listen to Cole’s more interested behind-the-scenes life of making whisky which involves lots of experimentation. Mark and Jamie, of course, taste many of the experiments! 

Twelve Barrels is available at the LCBO
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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.
The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

98: Famed (infamous?) Reddit Whisky Reviewer TOModera Answers Questions On WhiskIT

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Reddit has a community of over 50,000 people that love whisky. Mark and Jamie are clueless. TOModera is a long time reddit user that has over 1000 whisky reviews posted primarily on Reddit. He talks about reddit, whisky reviews, and some of the great stories behind his favourite whiskies. 

Links mentioned:

TOModera Whisky Reviews
Toronto Whisky Society
https://www.reddit.com/r/Whiskyporn/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Scotch/
https://www.reddit.com/r/bourbon/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Whiskyporn/

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.
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97: Celebrating Canada’s 150th with Spencer Gooderham

We compare Canada’s Gooderham Centennial Whisky against J.P. Wiser’s Canada’s One-Fifty Whisky with Spencer Gooderham. Spencer is the Brand Ambassador for Corby’s line of Canadian whisky (J.P. Wiser’s, Lot No 40, Gooderham & Worts, and many others). We talk about the Canadian whisky story, the Gooderham family, and compare the J.P. Wiser’s One-Fifty with the Gooderham Centennial Release! 

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.
The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

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.

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