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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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

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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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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

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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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.

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

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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

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

If you’re in the area, apply to join the Barrie Scotch Whisky Society

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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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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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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! 

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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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