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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

134: Whisky Terroir with Mark Reynier of Waterford Distillery

10/16/2019
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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 the field the barley was grown. We talk about some of Mark Reynier’s history in Bruichladdich, the emotional attachment to farming, terroir, and the whisky that’ll be coming out from Waterford Distillery! Follow Mark Reynier on...

Duration:00:53:42

133: Whisky Bonder Louise McGuane talks about traditional Irish Whiskey

10/2/2019
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“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 Irish Whiskey. She now produces the J.J. Corry brand of Irish Whiskey blending and selling awarding winning styles of Irish Whiskey. Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet This podcast was edited and mixed...

Duration:00:35:44

132: “What’s a Cask Strength Blend?” With Dr. Don Livermore!

9/26/2019
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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 flavour molecules and what goes into blending whisky. Follow Dr. Don Livermore Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

Duration:00:58:21

131: Tasting Whisky Dusties from the 60s

6/15/2019
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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! You can find Glen at G.S. Jameson & Company Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on...

Duration:00:50:26

130: The Gordons Join the Podcast!

5/3/2019
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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! Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet 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:00:20:32

129: The Evolving Story of Beam Suntory

4/10/2019
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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 Whisky Show. Thank you to the Wonderful World of Whisky Show for providing accommodations. Check out the show in 2020 coming in March 28th. Follow Ray on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and...

Duration:00:35:16

128: Toasting Memories with $30k Worth of Whiskies!

12/26/2018
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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 work as Brand Ambassador, and we look back over the years of the podcast. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman The...

Duration:01:05:09

127: Master Blender Andres Faustinelli breaks down Bearface Whisky

12/20/2018
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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 to finish, and tells us how he succeeds by asking the wrong people the right question. Follow Master Blender Andres on Instagram Follow Brand Ambassador Alexander Bohman on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on...

Duration:00:39:12

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 book...

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