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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.

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81: Bowmore & Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch with Marcio Ramos!

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!  Marcio’s Instagram  Marcio’s The Whisky Topic t-shirt photo BourbonGents The Caledonian Friends of Laphroaig  The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

55mins

16 Dec 2016

Rank #1

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93: Freddie Johnson talks ghosts, history, and the Bourbon Pompeii

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, ghosts, Pappy, and the Bourbon Pompeii. You can visit Freddie when on tour at the Buffalo Trace Distillery! Just be sure to book the tour in advance. 

54mins

11 May 2017

Rank #2

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88: The Making of the Brand Ambassador with Jamie Johnson

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 also mention green beer, boy bands, and tips for St. Patrick’s Day!  Links mentioned:  Join the contest to pick a topic by buying Mark’s Book and posting it on Instagram with the hashtag #TheWhiskyCabinet 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.

57mins

17 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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98: Famed (infamous?) Reddit Whisky Reviewer TOModera Answers Questions On WhiskIT

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 stories behind his favourite whiskies.  TOModera Whisky Reviews Toronto Whisky Society https://www.reddit.com/r/Whiskyporn/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Scotch/ https://www.reddit.com/r/bourbon/ https://www.reddit.com/r/Whiskyporn/ Follow Tom on Twitter and Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

1hr 16mins

8 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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143: 2019 End of Year Whisky Topic Special: The Battle of the Whisky Tasting Notes!

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 Follow Cam on Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram 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.

1hr 19mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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The Whisky Topic Bonus Episode 6: Become a Better Home Bartender

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. Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram 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!

37mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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83: Chat with Mark Gillespie of The WhiskyCast Podcast

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 sees whisky going in 2017.  Links Mentioned: WhiskyCast Podcast Beam Suntory Backtracks after Booker’s Boo-Boo Victoria Whisky Festival Hotel Grand Pacific The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes.

51mins

5 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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136: The Dirty Underground World of Bourbon Flipping

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 underground world of whisky trading. Learn which whiskies are overpriced, big prizes, those that undervalued, and those he’s keeping stashed away until they get discovered. Read Peter’s review on New Bourbon Drinker. 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.

41mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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116: The 2018 Bottom-Shelf Bourbon Brackets!

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.

1hr 12mins

11 May 2018

Rank #9

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100: Glenfiddich’s Experiments

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 discuss the experimental series. We review Glenfiddich Project XX and IPA, and Mark tries to figure to guess the third release (it’s Winter Storm).  Follow Beth on Twitter and 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.

49mins

6 Oct 2017

Rank #10

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The Whisky Topic Bonus Episode 4: How to Drink Better Scotch Whisky

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. Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram 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!

36mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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104: The New Era of The Macallan with Nicolas Villalon

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 currently out). The Edition Series comes in at under $100 (US), and has a proof north of 48%, and made in collaboration with artists and true crafts people. You can follow Nic’s adventures 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.

55mins

16 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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

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 Podcast Follow Matt Jones on Instagram Follow Ray Daniels on Instagram This podcast was edited and mixed by Bryan Goman. The theme song is licensed in thanks to Alan Doyle! It's available on iTunes. Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram

1hr 3mins

7 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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155: Our Favourite Indian Single Malts with Raj

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. Sign up for Raj’s newsletter. Follow Raj on twitter. Follow Jamie on Twitter and InstagramFollow Mark on Twitter and Instagram 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.

48mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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

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

1hr 5mins

26 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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108: Jameson, Beau Finished!

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.

56mins

6 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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115: The Wonderful World of Whisky Show 2018

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.

38mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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139: Two Whisky Authors Drink Rum

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.  Follow Davin on Twitter and Instagram Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram 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.

1hr 9mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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

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 - The Whisky Cabinet 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.

56mins

10 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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131: Tasting Whisky Dusties from the 60s

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 iTunes.

50mins

15 Jun 2019

Rank #20