The Whisky Topic

The Whisky Topic

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Weekly whisky show featuring conversations around whisky.
124: Whisky Glassware Matters with Raymond Davidson of Glencairn
Oct 11 • 34 min
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…
123: Just a FEW drinks with the founder of FEW Spirits
Aug 27 • 19 min
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…
122: An Exclusive “Look” Into the Eagle Rare Lab with Master Blender Drew Mayville
Aug 1 • 37 min
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…
121: Whisky Photographer Brett Ferencz (Scotch Trooper) Talks about his Return to Instagram
Jul 31 • 24 min
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…
120: Bourbon Tariffs, Mead, and History with Fred Minnick
Jul 18 • 49 min
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…
119: From Kentucky, to Japan, with a stop in Scotland
Jun 7 • 63 min
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…
118: Tales of the Cocktail Goes in a New Direction!
May 24 • 28 min
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,…
117: Blender’s Mash bests Bourbon Mash
May 23 • 23 min
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…
116: The 2018 Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets!
May 11 • 72 min
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…
115: The Wonderful World of Whisky Show 2018
Apr 12 • 38 min
Igor Kossov (@whiskyvip) and Jason Hambrey (@jasonhambrey) join Mark in the town of Cornwall, to drink a lot of rare whisky that’s nicely stirred with great whisky storytelling.
114: Then & Now with Mark Gillespie and Davin de Kergommeaux
Mar 29 • 53 min
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…
113: Drinks at BarChef with Frankie Solarik and the BarChef Project
Mar 15 • 75 min
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.
112: The Recipe to the Most Famous Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle
Mar 8 • 46 min
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…
111: The Keys to the Hotel Bar with Ray Daniel
Feb 28 • 44 min
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!
110: John Quinn (of Tullamore Dew) Tells us a Tale
Feb 20 • 74 min
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!
109: Mark and Jamie Answer Your Questions!
Feb 14 • 27 min
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
108: Jameson, Beau Finished!
Feb 6 • 56 min
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…
107: It only took us 107 episodes to get to 100!
Jan 25 • 66 min
Mark and Jamie celebrate their 100th episode, a few episodes late, in this 107th episode of the podcast. Topics include whisky amusement parks, of which Mark and Jamie design their own, and the top 5 whiskies for 2017! The theme song is licensed in thanks…
106: Mike Brisebois talks Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, & Deanston!
Nov 29, 2017 • 29 min
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…
105: Andy Watts joins the podcast! Nothing else needs saying…
Nov 22, 2017 • 46 min
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…
104: The New Era of The Macallan with Nicolas Villalon
Nov 16, 2017 • 55 min
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…
103: The Most Royal of Podcasts, with Crown Royal
Nov 10, 2017 • 65 min
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.
102: Canadians Get Loud with Davin de Kergommeaux
Nov 2, 2017 • 50 min
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…
101: Northern Border Collection with Dr. Don
Oct 12, 2017 • 63 min
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…
100: Glenfiddich’s Experiments
Oct 5, 2017 • 49 min
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 discu
99: Twelve Barrels of Whisky and Some TV
Jul 27, 2017 • 45 min
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…
98: Famed (infamous?) Reddit Whisky Reviewer TOModera Answers Questions On WhiskIT
Jul 8, 2017 • 76 min
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 stor
97: Celebrating Canada’s 150th with Spencer Gooderham
Jun 29, 2017 • 53 min
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 oth
96: Drew Mayville, Master Blender of Buffalo Trace, Returns!
Jun 21, 2017 • 47 min
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!
95: Black Bottled Bonded with Mal Spence
Jun 9, 2017 • 45 min
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.
94: Reviving The Old Taylor Distillery with Master Distiller Marianne Barnes
May 24, 2017 • 43 min
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 incredib
93: Freddie Johnson talks ghosts, history, and the Bourbon Pompeii
May 10, 2017 • 54 min
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, g
92: Mark starts talking to himself!
Apr 28, 2017 • 10 min
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.
91: The Best $20/Litre Bourbon Tournament with Eric Burke
Apr 12, 2017 • 68 min
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!
90: Interview with Raj Peter Bhakta of WhistlePig
Apr 5, 2017 • 39 min
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
89: Whisky Origin Story
Mar 22, 2017 • 27 min
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.
88: The Making of the Brand Ambassador with Jamie Johnson
Mar 16, 2017 • 57 min
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 al
87: Jamie finally quotes a study!
Mar 2, 2017 • 34 min
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!
86: Canadian Whisky Awards with Davin de Kergommeaux
Feb 7, 2017 • 56 min
It’s all about Canadian whisky. Mark and Jamie are joined by author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Export and Head Judge of the Canadian Whisky awards, Davin de Kergommeaux. We get inside whisky judging, the winners, and debate batches!
85: Tips and Tricks of Having a Crazy Bourbon Collection
Feb 2, 2017 • 70 min
This week we’re joined by Peter of @newbourbondrink. Peter is a whisky blogger and collector. As an example, he has 30 different Buffalo Trace Antique Collections. Peter shares his tips on finding these rare rare whiskies. Incidentally, Peter brings…
84: Sipping Jameson with Conor Timmons
Jan 18, 2017 • 52 min
We are joined this week by Conor Timmons, Brand Ambassador for Jameson! We explore the new Jameson whiskeys focused on the craft of making whisky. We also discuss St. Patrick’s Day, green beer, and shots (and how to avoid them!)
83: Chat with Mark Gillespie of The WhiskyCast Podcast
Jan 4, 2017 • 51 min
Mark and Jamie wouldn’t be podcasting without Mark Gillespie of the WhiskyCast. Mark Gillespie joins Mark and Jamie to talk about how he started in podcasting, how the whisky enthusiast community has changed over the years, social media, and where he se
82: Celebrating St. Tibb’s Eve
Dec 23, 2016 • 40 min
In our annual holiday podcast, Mark and Jamie celebrate St. Tibb’s and air grievances in honour of Festivus! Booker’s Bourbon price increase gets “mentioned” but more importantly, Jamie shares some great whisky news!
81: Bowmore & Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch with Marcio Ramos!
Dec 16, 2016 • 55 min
Marcio Ramos, Brand Ambassador for Bowmore and Laphroaig, comes to the Whisky Topic to share rare whiskies from both distilleries. We offer tricks and tips to how to get these rare whiskies at whisky trade shows and events!
80: Rum & Blended Scotch with Brand Ambassador Nicolas Villalon
Dec 9, 2016 • 54 min
Nicolas Villalon from Edrington comes over to offer Mark and Jamie some rum, special bottling of blended whisky (Black Grouse, Alpha Grouse release), and we have some Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition.
79: The Tale of Two Micro-Distilleries
Dec 2, 2016 • 38 min
This week, Jamie and Mark interview a distillery from Kentucky and one from Ontario to compare how regulation and taxation affects the whisky they make. Andrew Buchanan is of Hearetfield & Co from Paris, Kentucky, and Michael Hook is from The Last Straw D
78: Interview with Jim Beam’s Matt Jones
Nov 24, 2016 • 54 min
Jamie and Mark interview Matt Jones, the Canadian brand ambassador for Beam Suntory, specifically focused on Jim Beam and Canadian Club. We look at the history of no-age statement bourbons, new products coming into the marketplace, and the whisky ambassad
77: Interview with Marvin Allen, Author of Magic in a Shaker
Nov 17, 2016 • 35 min
Marvin Allen is the bar manager at the Carousel Bar & Lounge, the world’s only carousal where you need to be 21 to ride. Marvin talks about how the cocktail scene has changed in the last 15 years, Tales of the Cocktail, and his book: Magic in a Shaker.
76: Two Ryes, Two Bourbons, and Two Malt Whiskies
Nov 10, 2016 • 53 min
Fearful of the whisky shortage? Mark and Jamie go through the best whiskies in their cabinet that are easily available at liquor stores! We break it down into ryes, bourbons, and malt whiskies. Let the debate begin.
75: It’s all about the whisky bottle shape
Nov 2, 2016 • 28 min
Mark and Jamie discuss the “Beast” whisky coming out of Fort McMurry, the importance of the way a whisky bottle looks, and Jamie’s travels!
74: Whisky Author Roundtable with Guests from Whisky Live
Oct 27, 2016 • 63 min
and Jamie are joined by Fred Minnick (author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey) and Davin de Kergommeaux (Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert). We drink Canadian whisky, talk about new oak versus reused oak, the importance o
73: Music and Whisky with Mike Di Caro
Oct 20, 2016 • 58 min
Mike Di Caro joins Jamie and Mark to discuss how music is influenced by whisky. We taste Drake’s Virginia Black Whiskey, Sinatra Select, and Mike gives us a quick dive into country music.
72: Interview with Han Shan from Hudson Whiskey
Oct 13, 2016 • 48 min
This week’s feature is an interview with Han Shan from Hudson Whiskey. Hudson Whiskey has an odd start, with a plot of land being purchased for use as a climber’s ranch, that eventually became the home of Tuthilltown Distillery.
71: Kentucky Bourbon Festival with Eric Burke
Oct 6, 2016 • 46 min
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival happens each September in Bardstown Kentucky. Eric from bourbonguy.com joins Mark and Jamie on the podcast to share his experiences at the 2016 Bourbon Festival. We talk fan clubs, prices of whisky, Kentucky whisky purchases,
70: Interview with Dr. Nick Morgan of Diageo
Sep 22, 2016 • 43 min
While Dr. Nick Morgan sometimes earns the ire of whisky enthusiasts, his passion for whisky is unmistakable. Nick is the head of whisky outrage for Diageo, and shares his thoughts on age-statements on whisky bottles, blind-bottle tastings, blended scotch
69: Is Summer Over? Let’s Discuss
Sep 7, 2016 • 51 min
This week we interview the people behind two different distilleries: High West Distillery and Cedar Ridge Distillery
68: Tales from Tales of the Cocktail
Aug 12, 2016 • 46 min
This week, Mark and Jamie talk about Tales of the Cocktail, Diageo’s decision to remove the Masters of Whisky program, and Matthew McConaughey taking Jamie’s spotlight.
67: Is the “Meta-Critic” the ultimate whisky reviewer?
Aug 1, 2016 • 64 min
Curious about the math behind whisky reviews? This week on the podcast, Mark and Jamie interview Eric from [WhiskyAnalsysis.com.] Eric uses the “meta reviewer” concept on his website, where he collects whisky scores from various reviewers and provides
66: Canadian whisky with Dr Don Livermore
Jul 11, 2016 • 57 min
Dr Don Livermore joins Mark and Jamie to quiz them on their whisky knowledge! Dr Don Livermore is the master blender for J.P. Wiser’s (includes J.P. Wiser’s, Lot 40, Gooderham & Worts 4 Grain). Topics include the role of the master blender, wood extra
65: “It doesn’t count if you’re drinking professionally!”
Jul 5, 2016 • 32 min
This week on The Whisky Topic, Mark and Jamie discuss Canadian whisky, whisky ratings, and share Mark’s plans for July 12th (Shhh, he’s eloping with Nicole)!
64: Sour Mash, Sweet Mash, and The History of American Whisky
Jun 24, 2016 • 63 min
Gary Gillman joins Jamie and Mark to discuss the history of making bourbon, particularly with a focus on the sour mash. When researching the roots of hand-made sour mash, Gary found documents from the 1800s and 1900s that revealed the changes in the proce
63: Visiting Louisville with Maggie Kimberl
Jun 17, 2016 • 46 min
Maggie Kimberl joins Mark and Jamie to take us back to Louisville. Topics touched on include the history of bourbon in Kentucky, cigar and whisky pairings, tourism in Kentucky, and best places to visit while in Kentucky.
62: “There are no wrong answers.. but there is ONE wrong answer.”
Jun 9, 2016 • 58 min
This week on The Whisky Topic, Jennifer Chan joins Jamie and Mark to discuss the enthusiasts whisky tasting Mark hosted. Listen to hear whisky fans analyze whisky as they tasted them blindly. Jamie gets to be the teacher looking through everyone’s answe
60: Deconstructing Single Malt Scotch with Beth Havers
May 19, 2016 • 68 min
Deconstructing whisky is the process by which we take the blends of barrels that go into the final product, and taste each individually. Each barrel adds its own character to the final product. This week, Mark and Jamie have Beth Havers of Glenfiddich on
59: Spoiled Dusties, Agricole, and Whisky Events
May 12, 2016 • 53 min
Glenford Jameson joins Jamie and Mark to review their recent experiences at Spirit of Toronto. Dusties were tasted, Glenford did not like some of the old scotches, and Jamie made Mint Juleps!
58: Disastrous blind whisky tastings
May 6, 2016 • 55 min
This week on the podcast we explore Jim Rutledge’s new distillery, crowd sourcing, Jim Beam’s 14th millionth barrel, and can you tell rye apart from bourbon?
57: Chuck Cowdery Talks Past, Present, and Future of American Whisky
Apr 26, 2016 • 62 min
This week on the podcast, Chuck Cowdery joins Mark and Jamie. The discussion ranges from marketing gimmicks from decades ago to today, the change in the whisky industry, and trends coming out in the future.
56: We Review Whisky March Madness in April
Apr 21, 2016 • 52 min
Eric of bourbonguy.com joins Mark and Jamie to discuss his whisky themed March Madness bracket. In addition, we cover non-whisky spirits and bad YouTube videos.
55: “Oops, no Bourbon Thing.”
Apr 14, 2016 • 65 min
Mark and Jamie talk about Mark’s trip to Kentucky. It was a bachelor party. There are stories. We also review the differences between small, medium, and large distilleries! Mark interviews the owner of Heartfield & Co distillery and Jay Erisman from New R
54: Is vodka cool again? Naw.
Apr 5, 2016 • 50 min
Mark and Jamie discuss Mark’s trip to Kentucky, visiting distilleries, buying bourbon in Kentucky, snapchat, and is vodka cool again? Plus, we feature bottled-in-bond and straight bourbon.
53: The Tables Have Turned on the Hosts
Apr 1, 2016 • 60 min
This week, Suresh Doss guest-hosts the show to get deeper under the covers of the podcast by interviewing Mark and Jamie.
52: Whisky Pranks & Drinking Health Studies
Mar 25, 2016 • 51 min
Mark and Jamie discuss the Whisky Magazine Whisky awards and compare the results to San Francisco’s World Spirit Awards. Joining them is Ian Millar, the global brand ambassador for Glenfiddich, and Dr. Tim Stockwell to talk about health & whisky studies
51: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With author Fionnán O’Connor
Mar 16, 2016 • 65 min
Irish whiskey is triple distilled, smooth, and made of malted and unmalted barley. Or at least, that’s what we’ve been led to believe.
50: The Award Show
Mar 14, 2016 • 73 min
Mark and Jamie plow their way through Mark’s cask strength whisky while giving out “meaningful” awards.
49: Comparing Crowns and Dragons
Mar 9, 2016 • 69 min
Food Lawyer Glenford Jameson joins Mark and Jamie. This week, they discuss the blind whisky tasting hosted by Mark, winter in Canada, cocktail competitions, and dusties.
48: Mezcal with Sarah Parniak - “I really hate to use the word artisan.”
Feb 25, 2016 • 63 min
Joined by drinks writer Sarah Parniak, Mark and Jamie explore the world of mezcals and tequilas.
47: NAS Bourbon, Orphaned Accidents, and Rare Wild Turkeys
Feb 17, 2016 • 58 min
Mark and Jamie are joined by Josh of The Whisky Jug. Elijah Craig falls under the hammer for removing their age statement, and we talk about Diageo’s latest Orphan Barrel releases that has questionable roots.
46: Interview with The Master Of Wood, Stuart MacPherson
Feb 12, 2016 • 43 min
Mark and Jamie interview Stuart MacPherson, the Master of Wood for Macallan
45: January is Over, Let’s Watch Grease!
Feb 1, 2016 • 64 min
Mark and Jamie discuss the perils of DryJanuary. Who was dryer?!
44: Davin de Kergommeaux talks Canadian Whisky
Feb 1, 2016 • 54 min
Davin (author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert) joins Mark and Jamie to talk Canadian whisky! What makes Canadian whisky different from bourbon? We have predictions for the future of the industry. Also, after-parties?
43: Trends in 2015, and looking to 2016 “And I ordered a Shirley Temple once…”
Jan 14, 2016 • 63 min
Blake from bourbonr.com joins Jamie and Mark to talk about trends in 2015, and we offer predictions for 2016. Also discussed, rare whiskies, best whiskies of 2015, and fancy carbonated waters. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan…
42: Whisky Heel Parties, Dry January, and Whisky Events
Jan 7, 2016 • 45 min
Mark and Jamie are joined by Glenford Jameson. They review the whisky heel party hosted in December where guests brought their nearly finished whisky bottles. We have some lessons learned! We review tips for going to whisky events, and also talk about Dry
41: Celebrating Festivus with Whisky - We are Grievances
Dec 23, 2015 • 38 min
Jamie and Mark celebrate Festivus on this week’s podcast. They pick their Festivus dinner whisky, their grievance whiskies (there are many), perform a feat of strength (cask whisky), and the festivus miracle distillery! Also, your holiday taking selfies
40: Highland Park & The Macallan with Nicolas Villalon - “To add insult to injury, my boss was paying for them!”
Dec 16, 2015 • 53 min
Mark and Jamie are joined by Nicolas Villalon (@nick_villalon), micro-biologist and brand ambassador for Highland Park and The Macallan. We chat age statement, rare releases, barrel selection, SWA and openness, and sober November.
39: Chatting Jim Beam & Stories of Kentucky
Dec 9, 2015 • 61 min
Jamie and Mark bring back Matt Jones on the show. Matt is the Canadian Brand Ambassador for Beam Suntory. Discussion includes yeast strains, how distilleries provide unique products, making craft whisky, and pizza parties. Mostly, they chat about stories
38: The Bitter Truth About Bitters with Frape & Sons
Dec 3, 2015 • 52 min
Justin and Giovanni from Frape & Sons join Mark and Jamie to talk about bitters. They ferment and distill their own spirit as the base for all their bitters, and have experimented creatively with the flavouring agents. We talk about bitters used creativel
37: Does One Critic Get to Name The Best Whisky In the World?
Nov 25, 2015 • 45 min
Mark and Jamie investigate Jim Murray’s claim that Crown Royal North Harvest Rye is the best whisky in the world. Naturally, a blind tasting ensues between three top Canadian whiskies. Also, we report in from the New Brunswick Spirits Show.
36: The Battle of Cask Strength - “I was so furious!”
Nov 18, 2015 • 48 min
Jennifer Chen, a food and whisky enthusiast, joins Mark and Jamie this week to review the whisky tasting at Mark’s place. It includes a battle of single malts, peated whiskies from around the world, and the battle of big cask strength whiskies.
35: Hotel Bars, Glassware, and Cocktails - “You shouldn’t be putting crush ice in it.. it’s not a slurpy.”
Nov 11, 2015 • 55 min
This week, Jamie and Mark talk about Norlan whisky glass, whisky hysteria, hotel bars, boy bands, bad TV, lining up for whisky, vodka martinis, and old fashions vs manhattans. There might yet another discussion about ice.
34: Whisky events, whisky, and pizza with Sarah Parniak
Nov 4, 2015 • 51 min
This week, Sarah Parniak joins Jamie and Mark to discuss whisky events from various perspectives, women and whisky, sherry finishes, and pizza!
33: Chat with Maker’s Mark’s Jane Conner - “I’m probably not allowed to say that, but…”
Oct 28, 2015 • 47 min
This week, Mark and Jamie speak with Jane Conner from Maker’s Mark. Jane oversees barrel maturation and new product development at the distillery. We speak about the Maker’s Mark Private Select Program, whisky terroir, and barrel maturation!
32: Interview with Hamish Torrie of Ardbeg - “But even an hour, that’s not very long.”
Oct 21, 2015 • 60 min
Mark & Jamie provide updates on their whisky collections, and follow-up on Pappy shortage, and whisky history vs reality. The podcast finishes with an interview of Hamish Torrie (Global Brand Ambassador of Ardbeg).
31: Whisky “Puffery!” with Blake from bourbonr.com
Oct 14, 2015 • 49 min
This week on The Whisky Topic, Blake of bourbonr.com comes on the show to discuss the success of his website, and some of his more controversial posts.
30: Whisky Music Videos, Failed Experiments, and NDPs
Oct 6, 2015 • 41 min
The Buffalo Trace 26 Year Old Bourbon Failed Experiment never made it to market, but Jamie and Mark got a sample. Hear their tasting notes. Also, Jamie and Mark review Non-Distiller Producers (NDP). Are they over-inflated on price? Finally, is Jamie in a
29: Kentucky Cereal - “It’s 22 year old wheated bourbon. You do the math.”
Sep 30, 2015 • 65 min
Glenford Jameson joins Jamie and Mark to discuss their findings in Kentucky. Particularly, we compare and contrast Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Willet, and Wild Turkey. We talk about the new Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength, Kentucky Cereal, an
28: Interview with Drew Mayville, Buffalo Trace Master Blender
Sep 23, 2015 • 24 min
This week on podcast, Jamie and Mark interview Drew Mayville. We talk about the push to make better whisky, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, the whisky making process, Buffalo Trace’s constant push for experimentation, and the role of the Master Blende
27: “No one is going to indulge me? I hate not being indulged.”
Sep 9, 2015 • 50 min
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 hous
26: Talking Gin with Di Caro - “I would like a kangaroo, sir!”
Sep 2, 2015 • 67 min
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
25: Whisky and Proof Levels - “As me, I’m in favour of this approach!”
Aug 26, 2015 • 67 min
Jamie and Mark are joined by Glenford Jameson to review the chaos of Mark’s “Low Proof vs High Proof” whisky tasting. Also covered, chocolate and whisky pairing, discussions on proof levels and whisky, and general whisky news.
24: Cocktail Culture Talk with Sarah Parniak
Aug 19, 2015 • 62 min
Bartender and drinks writer, Sarah Parniak (@S_Parns), joins Mark and Jamie to discuss cocktail culture, whisky alternatives, the life of a bartender, and bar etiquette!