27: "No one is going to indulge me? I hate not being indulged."

Mark and Jamie review their bet on Ardbeg going to space—did aging whisky in zero-gravity change the flavour of it? Who won the bet? Also covered, whsky.buzz, Glenlivet making it to number one single malt, the Orphan Barrel controversy, and haunted houses!

Jamie is drinking: Barterhouse
Mark is drinking: Monkey Shoulder

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

Links from the show:

Ardbeg goes to space
Ardbeg micro-gravity report
Launch of whsky.buzz
Glenlivet becomes world’s number 1 selling single malt
Chuck Cowdery on the Orphan Barrel controversy
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Haunted Houses in Louisville

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

26: Talking Gin with Di Caro - “I would like a kangaroo, sir!”

Wine writer, Mike Di Caro, joins Jamie and Mark to talk about gin. We start in the early days of spirit drinking, and talk about junipers, vodka, whisky, the great lakes, and farming. Follow Mike Di Caro on twitter @mikedicaro.

We drank:
Death’s Door Gin
Plymouth Gin
Ungava Canadian Premium Gin
Sipsmith Dry Gin
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Aviation Gin

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

Also mentioned:

Howard Hughes Spruce Goose
And lots of history

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

The Whisky Topic - Episode 9 - Whisky Events & Trolling Jim Murray

Jamie Johnson and Mark Bylok discuss whisky events—what to do, and what not to do. They review Spirit of Toronto, and highlight rare whiskies they enjoyed at the event including Jim Murray’s 2015 winner, the Yamakazi 2013 Sherry Cask. Finally, Jamie and Mark touch upon rugby, the Apple Watch, and Jamie’s Bad Day Box kickstarter idea.

Jamie is drinking Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old

Mark is drinking Nikka Single Cask Coffey Whisky 1998

Aberlour A’Bunadh

Spirit of Toronto

Johanna Ngoh

People storming the Yamakazi 2013 Sherry Cask

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Union Local - Ottawa Restaurant

Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in London

Whisky Live

Apple Watch

The Whisky Topic - Episode 8 - Throwing Your Own Whisky Party

Host a whisky party! Jamie Johnson and Mark Bylok discuss their tips and tricks for throwing your own whisky party. Topics include considerations for glassware, food pairings, setting up the order of the whisky, and the types of party you might want to throw. Plus, Jamie shares how you should leave a party early (unless they're serving cake). Links from the show:

Barterhouse Orphan Barrel

Duncan Taylor

Glencairn Whisky Glass

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

The Whisky Topic - Episode 4 - No, not Blanton's!

The Whisky Topic heads to Kentucky! Mark Bylok and Glenford Jameson visit Buffalo Trace and Barton Distillery (home of 1792). In their visit to Buffalo Trace Distillery, they review the process Buffalo Trace uses to pick those special barrels that make it as Blanton’s single barrel bourbon. Reviewed whiskies included a range of Colonel E.H. Taylor (Cured Oak, Tornado, Cask Strength), the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and the yet to be released 2015 Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old. 1792 was had from the cask. Speaking of cask-strength whisky, how does Maker’s Mark measure up? 

Beaumont Inn

Four Roses Single Barrel OESK

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Colonel E.H. Taylor Tornado Bourbon

Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak

Hirsch Selection 25 Year Old Straight Rye

1792 Bourbon

Catnap - Portlandia

4020 John Deere Oil

The podcast starts sounding like Drunk History

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

Glenford Jameson, Food Lawyer

The Whisky Topic Episode 1 - Whisky Three Ways!

The Whisky Topic this week is on how to best enjoy your whisky. Mark Bylok and Jamie Johnson enjoy whisky three ways—Straight, on ice, and warmed closer to body temperature. How does their whisky change at different temperatures? When to drink whisky on ice? Plus, the mash bill controversy is briefly covered along with rising bourbon pricing. Somehow Sex in the City, The Hills, and Saved By The Bell make it into the show. ¯\(?)