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The Whisky Topic is a weekly podcast hosted by Mark Bylok, author of The Whisky Cabinet, and Jamie Johnson, who runs private (but approachable!) bourbon club here in Toronto Canada.

The Whisky Topic is a weekly podcast hosted by Mark Bylok, author of The Whisky Cabinet, and Jamie Johnson, who runs private (but approachable!) bourbon club here in Toronto Canada.
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The Whisky Topic is a weekly podcast hosted by Mark Bylok, author of The Whisky Cabinet, and Jamie Johnson, who runs private (but approachable!) bourbon club here in Toronto Canada.

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English


Episodes

126: “It’s the only word that rhymes with orangie,” says Bry Simpson of Ardbeg and Glenmorangie

11/10/2018
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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! To have an opportunity to receive one of three pairs of Glencairn glasses, do one (or both for twice the odds) of these: On Twitter, RT. Follow Bry on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s...

Duration:00:56:40

125: “Lignin, the most unappreciated flavour molecule in the world.” - Dr. Don Livermore

10/27/2018
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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 Year Old! We geek out over the Canadian flavour wheel, and how Dr. Don is using the flavour wheel to tailor blends of whisky. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky...

Duration:01:03:40

124: Whisky Glassware Matters with Raymond Davidson of Glencairn

10/11/2018
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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 the glass, that this was turned into a product primarily intended for whisky trades-people. While when originally released (back in 2001), it was intended for trades people, it’s the glass many consumers use to enjoy their whisky. Raymond...

Duration:00:34:03

123: Just a FEW drinks with the founder of FEW Spirits

8/27/2018
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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 distillery, the town, and the range of the whisky. Recorded in New Orleans, during Tales of the Cocktail! Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast Follow Jamie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bourbonthing Instagram:...

Duration:00:19:56

122: An Exclusive “Look” Into the Eagle Rare Lab with Master Blender Drew Mayville

8/1/2018
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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 discuss the essence of George T. Stagg Bourbon, the story behind Taylor Four Grain, and explore a brand new expression from Weller as chosen by Buffalo Trace fans! Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast This podcast is...

Duration:00:37:24

121: Whisky Photographer Brett Ferencz (Scotch Trooper) Talks about his Return to Instagram

7/31/2018
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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 promote whisky products (the complaint is unrelated to the Star Wars franchise). Brett tells us about his tribulations, and his return to whisky photography! Support Brett on Patreon:...

Duration:00:24:01

120: Bourbon Tariffs, Mead, and History with Fred Minnick

7/18/2018
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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. Follow Fred Minnick on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/fredminnick/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/FredMinnick) Please donate to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (https://biak.us/donations/) and Operation Ride Home...

Duration:00:49:34

119: From Kentucky, to Japan, with a stop in Scotland

6/7/2018
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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. Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic...

Duration:01:03:41

118: Tales of the Cocktail Goes in a New Direction!

5/24/2018
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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. Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan...

Duration:00:28:48

117: Blender’s Mash bests Bourbon Mash

5/23/2018
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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! Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's...

Duration:00:23:43

116: The 2018 Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets!

5/11/2018
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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! Special thanks to our sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:01:12:15

115: The Wonderful World of Whisky Show 2018

4/12/2018
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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. This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:00:38:51

114: Then & Now with Mark Gillespie and Davin de Kergommeaux

3/29/2018
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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. Buy Davin's book! Subscribe to Mark's...

Duration:00:53:19

113: Drinks at BarChef with Frankie Solarik and the BarChef Project

3/15/2018
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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. Watch this podcast on YouTube Visit Barchef: BarChef Toronto BarChef on Instagram Frankie Solarik on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:01:14:59

112: The Recipe to the Most Famous Bourbon: Pappy Van Winkle

3/8/2018
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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. Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes - http://apple.co/1EXyF6j Google Play -...

Duration:00:46:08

111: The Keys to the Hotel Bar with Ray Daniel

2/28/2018
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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! Follow Ray on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Thank you to our Sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes. Podcast is also available on YouTube

Duration:00:44:00

110: John Quinn (of Tullamore Dew) Tells us a Tale

2/20/2018
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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 Sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast Follow John Quinn on Twitter and Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram You can watch this podcast on YouTube! Shout-out to Char No 5...

Duration:01:14:33

109: Mark and Jamie Answer Your Questions!

2/14/2018
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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 Sponsor: The State of Logic Podcast Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:00:27:21

108: Jameson, Beau Finished!

2/6/2018
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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. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:00:56:40

107: It only took us 107 episodes to get to 100!

1/25/2018
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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 to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

Duration:01:06:18