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 

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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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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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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

Photo credit: TOModera

Photo credit: TOModera

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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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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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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95: Black Bottled Bonded with Mal Spence

This week Mark and Jamie are joined by Mal Spence, the Global Brand Ambassador for Black Bottled Blended. We talk about Glasgow, Mal Spence’s long career as a bartender, and the history of Black Bottled Blended. 

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94: Reviving The Old Taylor Distillery with Master Distiller Marianne Barnes

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Photo cred: Glenford Jameson

Castle & Key Distillery is located on the historic Old Taylor Distillery site. The podcast is joined by Castle & Key’s Master Distillery, Marianne Barnes. We discuss mash-bills, Colonel E.H. Taylor, history, searching for ancient yeast, and the incredibly Old Taylor property. 

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93: Freddie Johnson talks ghosts, history, and the Bourbon Pompeii

Mark brings the podcast on the road to Kentucky, where he interviews Freddie Johnson in an old warehouse on the Buffalo Trace property. Freddie is the third generation of his family to work on these grounds, and he talks to his family’s history. Also, ghosts, Pappy, and the Bourbon Pompeii. You can visit Freddie when on tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery! Just be sure to book the tour in advance. 

92: Mark starts talking to himself!

A shortened podcast this week as Mark previews his trip to Kentucky, the episodes coming up, and Elijah Craig Small Batch vs the discounted 12 Year Old Age statement Elijah Craig.

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91: The Best $20/Litre Bourbon Tournament with Eric Burke

Eric Burke of bourbonguy.com comes on the podcast to discuss the results of the March Madness Bourbon Tournament, a tournament dedicated to find the best affordable bourbon. Learn which ones were elevated to the Fancy-Shelf! 

Links: 
You can follow Eric Burke on twitter @arok
The blog is bourbonguy.com
Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets: The Championship Rounds
If You've Had... the Jim Beam Edition

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90: Interview with Raj Peter Bhakta of WhistlePig

Raj Peter Bhakta’s journey included being on season 2 of The Apprentice, losing the 2006 congressional bid in the 13th congressional district of Pennsylvania, and buying a 500-acre milk farm in Vermont. It was the purchase of the farm, and his love for whisky, that started him on a path of WhistlePig Distillery. Mark and Jamie ask Raj about the distillery, his sugar shack, and WhistlePig’s newest release, FarmStock. Also, Jamie notes the importance of balloons. 

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WhistlePig Distillery
WhistlePig FarmStock

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89: Whisky Origin Story

Mark and Jamie discuss their origin stories on how they got into whisky. Jamie claims to not need research, but that proves wrong. Mark keeps talking about wanting to have the mutant healing factor super power. We mention whisky. 

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88: The Making of the Brand Ambassador with Jamie Johnson

Whisky Brand Ambassadors carry the heart and passion of the distillery out to their local scene. This week Jamie Johnson, of The Balvenie Distillery, talks about her experience of going to Scotland and becoming a brand ambassador for the distillery. We also mention green beer, boy bands, and tips for St. Patrick’s Day! 

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87: Jamie finally quotes a study!

Mark and Jamie discuss recent whisky news including Pappy Van Winkle coming back with its oldest whisky yet, the continued rise of whisky sales, and Jamie finally quotes a study! 

Mentioned on the podcast: 

Supply, Demand, and Shelf Space - The Story Between Whisky Makers and NAS Haters
Who Wants 25-Year Old Van Winkle Bourbon?
American Whisky Revenue is Up
Diageo Returns to Irish Whiskey
The Whisky Topic Episode 70 with Dr. Nick Morgan
Don't Cry for Old Grand-Dad 114 - It’s back! 

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