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The Whisky Topic

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 show is casually centered around whisky, with news, reviews, and non-whisky topics.
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Dec 18, 2020

Our annual podcast with Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Hiram-Walker, takes us through the new Canadian whisky releases for 2020 and beyond. We discuss the barrel maturation process, the youthfulness of rye, and get caught-up on how much the whisky industry has changed during these times.

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Buy Mark’s book - The Whisky Cabinet

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

Jul 1, 2020

Will Schragis of Barrell Craft Spirits joins us to talk about the latest offerings from Barrell including their rye, bourbon, and their journey into other spirits

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Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Jun 11, 2020

David Jennings (Rare Bird 101) talks to us about his love of Wild Turkey Distillery, his upcoming book, and the best Wild Turkey stories. We breifly cover the history of the distillery, the brand, and the undeniable influence of Jimmy Russell.

Pre-order David’s book. You can find David on Instagram, Twitter, and read his latest reviews.

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon.

Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

May 13, 2020

Jamie and Mark are joined by Josh Peters (The Whiskey Jug). We cover everything from whisky stones, finished Bourbons, to smoked sheep dung whisky. Gimmick or innovation? Our panel decides!

Read Josh’s latest reviews on The Whiskey Jug.

Articles mentioned in this podcast:

What’s a Whisky Sommelier Part 1
What’s a Whisky Sommelier Part 2
Reddit’s thoughts.

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

May 5, 2020

This bonus episode has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. Whisky is one of the more complex drinks in the world. We bring on Chef Matt Jones to talk about the three main elements to use whisky—pairing whisky with food, infusing whisky with ingredients, and cooking with whisky. Unlike wine pairings, which look for similarities, with whisky it’s all about finding the right contract. Scotches enjoyed on the podcast include Johnnie Walker Black Label, and Talisker 10.

Full recipes mentioned on the podcast are available on whisky.buzz.

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Apr 28, 2020

This bonus episode has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. Whisky and cocktail culture have a long and wonderful relationship. They evolved together. We specifically look at the last few decades of cocktail culture and the innovative cocktails that you can make at home. Whiskies we enjoyed on the podcast include Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Black Label, and Talisker 10. Also mentioned, the Johnnie Walker Highball recipe.

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Apr 23, 2020

Raj Sabharwal joins Mark and Jamie to tell his story of how he discovered delicious Indian Single Malts from Amrut. He’s since started the import spirits company, Glass Revolutions, and brings in a unique range of spirit products from India, Scotland, Australia, and the Caribbean.

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Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Apr 21, 2020

This bonus episode has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. In this episode we go through the exclusive range of Johnnie Walker scotches, starting with the eighteen year old, and ending with the ghost and rare series that celebrated new world and old world whiskies coming together. Whiskies tasted include Johnnie Walker 18, Johnnie Walker Blue, Johnnie Walker King George V, and Johnnie Walker Ghost and Rare

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Get 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.

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Apr 15, 2020

This bonus episode has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. In this episode we go through a range of single malt scotches sold by Diageo, and we discuss the subtle nature of tasting whisky. We discuss drinking whisky on ice, adding water, and glassware and how all these elements can change the flavour of whisky. On this episode we taste Dalwhinnie 15, Mortlach 12, Cardhu 12, Johnnie Walker Green, and Johnnie Walker Black. We also discuss how Diageo is the only company to offer complete list of nutritional information for their products through DRINKiQ.

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Get 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.

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Apr 10, 2020

Five time Grammy Awards winner, Neil Giraldo, joins us on the podcast to talk about music, bourbon, and how making both are related. We also talk about Steel Bending Spirits, and their first line of bourbons bottled under the label of Three Chord Bourbon.

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Apr 7, 2020

This bonus episode has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. In this episode we discover the history of whisky, and its massive influence on the history of the world from paying for civil wars, to its earlier medicinal uses. We cover the more recent history of Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Canadian Whisky, and American whisky. As we cover more recent innovations in the whisky world, we speculate on how whisky continues to change. On this episode we taste Mortlach 12, Cardhu 12, and Johnnie Walker Black. We also discuss the history of Johnnie Walker and its influence on the Scotch industry. 

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Get 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.

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Apr 1, 2020

Davin de Kergommeaux joins us to talk about the book he co-wrote with Blair Phillips—The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries! Davin and Blair visited every distillery that had a functioning still in Canada. We talk about the writing process, the unique products being distilled, and the journey of Canadian whisky. 

Buy Davin and Blair’s book: The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries: The Portable Expert to Over 200 Distilleries and the Spirits they Make (From Absinthe to Whisky, and Everything in Between)

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Mar 31, 2020

This bonus episode of this podcast has been brought to you by Johnnie Walker. Emma Walker is a master blender on the Diageo team, responsible for making Johnnie Walker scotch from an inventory of barrels from 29 different distilleries. In this episode we cover the convergence of marketing, art, and science in making whisky. Featured scotches in this podcast are Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Ghost Series, and Johnnie Walker Blue. You can read about Emma Walker’s journey to becoming a blender on one of the world top scotch’s in this feature on Master of Malt.

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Get 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.

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Mar 26, 2020

Best known as the lead singer from Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle is a folk singer, author, and actor. He joins us on the podcast to talk about the long history of whisky and music in pop culture, folk music, country music, and Celtic music. Why do so many songs include whisky? Alan Doyle gives us the answer! No spoilers.

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Alan Doyle raises money for Kids Help Phone

Also mentioned: 
Lamb’s Palm Breeze Rum
1948 Newfoundland referendums

Buy Alan’s book: A Newfoundlander in Canada: Always Going Somewhere, Always Coming Home

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

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

Mar 24, 2020

This podcast episode is brought to you by Johnnie Walker. Whisky making is part craft, part art, and part science. In this episode Mark Bylok and Bryan Goman (producer) talk about the process of making whisky; growing the grain, fermentation, distillation, and barrel maturation. This is part one in a seven part mini series, brought to you by Johnnie Walker in cooperation with The Whisky Topic. Whiskies mentioned in episode include Lagavulin 8 Year Old, Johnnie Walker Black Label, and we also talk about the history of Jonnie Walker.

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Get 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.

Thank you to Diageo and the Johnnie Walker team for sponsoring this episode!

Mar 20, 2020

Kentucky’s first female master distiller, Marianne Eaves, comes on the podcast to talk about life after Brown Forman and Castle & Key Distillery. We talk about some of the industry changes she’s observed over the last several years, as well as her new evolving projects on the consultative side of the business. Congratulations to Marianne on the birth of her first child, Andi Lane Eaves-Venardos, only a few days after this podcast was recorded! 

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Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Mar 18, 2020

Mark and Jamie do their part in flattening the curve on St. Patrick's day by drinking whisky and playing a game (that’s not a drinking game). Jamie drinks some Balvenie, and Mark drinks some random sample bottles with (almost) no idea what they are. 

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here. 

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Jan 16, 2020

Chris Carberry is CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars, Inc. and the author of Alcohol in Space: Past, Present, and Future. We talk about how alcohol has shaped human civilization, and how it might shape our future in space. Space is officially in the state of prohibition, but there are many rumours of drinks being brought up to the space station. We cover that, and what booze might look taste like at zero G. The forward for the book is written by the author of The Martian, Andy Weir. 

Get Alcohol in Space: Past, Present, and Future

We mention: 

Humans to Mars Summit

Explore Mars

The Martian: A Novel

Artemis

Ardbeg in Space

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here. 

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

 

Dec 24, 2019

Cam Millar of Highland Park and Glenrothes joins Jamie and Mark on the podcast. In the spirit of the holidays, we have a competition. Mark reads out tasting notes, and Jamie and Cam battle out for which whisky was described in that particular way. Someone wins! There is a promise of a prize. 

This episode is available on YouTube

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Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s patron exclusive content here. 

Relevant whisky reviews on whisky.buzz: 

The Balvenie Single Barrel 12 Year Old Review

The Balvenie Week of Peat Review

The Balvenie A Day of Dark Barley Review

Tasting notes covered in the podcast: 

Edinburgh Whisky Blog - Glenrothes Collection 

Whisky Notes - Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s

Connosr.com MarkJedi1 - Highland Park Twisted Tattoo

Whisky Saga - Highland Park Valfather 

Scotch Noob - The Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel

Modern Thirst - The Balvenie Week of Peat

The Whiskey Jug - The Balvenie Week of Peat

Scotch Whisky - The Balvenie Dark Day of Barley

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Dec 20, 2019

Frank Sinatra would call Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey the “Nectar of the Gods.” We speak with JD’s official historian, Nelson Eddy, on how closely Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s are intertwined. Nelson shares some of his favourite Sinatra stories, we talk about how Sinatra liked to have his whisky, and the people around Sinatra that drank Jack Daniel’s. 

Patron exclusive content to this podcast is over on Patreon

Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s Patreon exclusive content here. 

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

 

Dec 18, 2019

Rob Caldwell of Teeling Distillery joins us to talk about the extensive history of the Teeling family, the distillery, and the whiskies coming out of the distillery. We talk about “core DNA” of a distillery, and how Teeling’s DNA is all about innovation. 

Get Mark’s book: The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s Patreon exclusive content here. 

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

 

Dec 4, 2019

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 company, advent calendars, rum, bathtub gin, and plenty of mistakes. There are some swears. It’s a frank discussion. Other notes of relevance: Sam respects Jamie. Jamie is missed. Sam administers Balvenie’s Facebook group. 

You can listen to more of Sam’s games on the Uncorked Whisky Sessions Boutiqe-y Podcast.

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Mark’s Book The Whisky Cabinet

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s Patreon exclusive content here. 

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This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

 

Nov 28, 2019

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 whisky.buzz!

For your holiday gift buying: Canadian Whisky, Second Edition: The New Portable Expert

Pre-order Davin’s next book: The Definitive Guide to Canadian Distilleries

Mark’s Book The Whisky Cabinet

Also mentioned: 

Suresh Doss on CBC

Bookstock: Meet The World's Finest Spirits Writers

Thanks to Josh for the call-out at the start of the show! 

Support the podcast (and get great perks) on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! You can find this week’s Patreon exclusive content here. 

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We were drinking El Dorado Versailles, Enmore, and Port Mourant. 

This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman.

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

Nov 20, 2019

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, mostly, we talk about Mezcal. Support the podcast and get exclusive content on Patreon. Get your latest whisky reviews on whisky.buzz! 

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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.

Note: We mention Chantecler on the podcast. After recording this podcast, the building housing the restaurant had a fire which resulted in damage to the restaurant. It was devastating news and we hope they’re back up as quick as possible.

Nov 14, 2019

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 the status of the whisky community, and we launch our Patreon website so you can get more involved in the podcast (and website) and help the podcast grow!

Support the podcast and get exclusive content on Patreon.

Bryan Goman is our guest and podcast producer!

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

Post-production NHL fact checking:

It was said the Oilers scored 500+ goals as a team and had top 5 team goal scoring records. They do have the top 5 but the highest number is 446. They are the only team to score 400+ goals in a season, which they did 5 times. 

It was said thatLanny MacDonald scored the cup-winning goal in 1989 but it was actually Doug Gilmour who scored the winner. MacDonald scored the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 Flames en route to a 4-2 Flames victory. 

We mention Don Cherry, who (after this recording) said racist comments and was fired from SportsNet as an NHL Commentator.

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