The Whisky Topic

The Whisky Topic
Weekly whisky show featuring conversations around whisky.

140: Sam Simmons of Atom Brands swears. Jamie started it the cursing.
Dec 4 • 48 min
It’s a classic Whisky Topic Podcast! And this is the only podcast you’ll ever hear where Jamie and Mark both do terribly in a quiz game (usually that’s reserved for Mark doing poorly). Sam Simmons of Atom Brands joins us! He’s behind the Boutique-y whisky…
139: Two Whisky Authors Drink Rum
Nov 28 • 69 min
Davin De Kergommeaux and Mark Bylok sit down to talk about writing books, drinking rum, and their careers. Thank you to NB Spirits Festival for hosting! Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on!
138: The Topic is Mezcal, with Josh of Bartender Atlas!
Nov 20 • 57 min
Josh Lindley of Bartender Atlas joins the podcast to talk about bartending, cocktails, and we learn plenty about Mezcal! We focus on the intersection between bartending, cocktail culture, and the type of whiskies (and other spirits) we drink today. But,…
137: NHL Alumni Series - We taste all NINE whiskies!
Nov 14 • 67 min
NHL Alumni Associate dedicates itself to the less-fortunate former NHL players, and together with Pernot Ricard, they’ve released nine NHL Alumni Series whiskies with proceeds going to the NHLAA. We drink through all of them (so far)! Plus, we talk about…
136: The Dirty Underground World of Bourbon Flipping
Nov 6 • 41 min
Peter drinks, trades, and collects high-end rare bourbons by the hundred. Pappies, Staggs, rare distillery releases, he has them all. He also writes for his blog, New Bourbon Drinker. Peter joins us to talk about some of his latest purchases from the dark…
135: Tasting Terroir from Within Waterford’s Whisky Library
Oct 23 • 57 min
Ned Gahan, Head Distill at Waterford Distillery, takes us through several samples of whisky in the search of whisky terroir. Ned worked at the old Guinness brewery at Waterford, and takes us through the history of on the site that once exclusively…
134: Whisky Terroir with Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery
Oct 16 • 53 min
Mark Reynier, of Bruichladdich fame, is on the precipice of releasing the first set of whiskies that are entirely terroir focused. Waterford Distillery is entirely purpose built for the production of vintage whiskies that can be traced down right down to…
133: Whisky Bonder Louise McGuane talks about traditional Irish Whiskey
Oct 2 • 35 min
“The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm.” Luise McGuane planned to setup a grain to glass distillery on her farm, but instead was fortunate enough to be given access to old stock of…
132: “What’s a Cask Strength Blend?” With Dr. Don Livermore!
Sep 26 • 58 min
In Mark’s annual pilgrimage to Hiram-Walker Distillery, we hear from Dr. Don Livermore, the Master Blender for the distillery. This will be a preview of the Northern Border Collection Rare Releases, and the NHL Alumni series! As usual, we geek out about…
131: Tasting Whisky Dusties from the 60s
Jun 15 • 50 min
Glenford Jameson and Mark Bylok sit down to drink old whisky dusties from the 60s. What to look for when you’re acquiring old whiskies? What can you expect? Two of the three whiskies will be a complete surprise!
130: The Gordons Join the Podcast!
May 3 • 20 min
Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce and Brand Ambassador Gordon Stevenson. We talk about anCnoc, Balblair and Old Pulteney, whisky making culture, and there are some swears!
129: The Evolving Story of Beam Suntory
Apr 10 • 35 min
Between Legent and Suntory Ao, Beam Suntory is releasing products not seen before from the company. Ray Daniel, brand ambassador, joins us to talk about the whisky coming out, and the life of a brand ambassador! We also talk about the Wonderful World of…
128: Toasting Memories with $30k Worth of Whiskies!
Dec 26, 2018 • 65 min
Mark & Jamie taste through The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter Four for the first time. This collection typically retails for $30k US, and this year’s theme is “Expecting the Unexpected.” While enjoying a few drinks, Mark and Jamie review 2018, Jamie’s…
127: Master Blender Andres Faustinelli breaks down Bearface Whisky
Dec 20, 2018 • 39 min
Master Blender, Andres Faustinelli, tells us how he uses a wine-like finishing process to blend Bearface whisky. That process includes short finishing using French oak ex-wine barrels, and new Hungarian oak barrels. Andres deconstructs Bearface from start…
126: “It’s the only word that rhymes with orangie,” says Bry Simpson of Ardbeg and Glenmorangie
Nov 10, 2018 • 56 min
Bry Simpson, the Brand Ambassador for Ardbeg and Glenmorangie, joins Jame and Mark on the podcast. We talk about Bry’s origin story, we debate which distillery released double cask maturation first, and drink plenty of delicious whiskies!
125: “Lignin, the most unappreciated flavour molecule in the world.” - Dr. Don Livermore
Oct 27, 2018 • 63 min
Mark Bylok interviews Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Hiram-Walker Distillery. We introduce the Northern Border Collection Rare Release of 2018, including Lot No. 40 Cask Strength, Gooderham & Worts Eleven Souls, J.P. Wiser’s 35, and Pikes Creek 21…
124: Whisky Glassware Matters with Raymond Davidson of Glencairn
Oct 11, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 72 min
Eric Burke, of, 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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 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 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 [] 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 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 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.