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The people who keep me company at work: Whisky Podcasts

Posted on by Eric Burke

You may know that my main job is as a freelance designer (ahem...eburkedesign.com). I work on advertisements, direct mail, logos, promotional materials, posters, billboards and much more while standing at a desk just yards from my bed. 

My wife works a real job that pays a regular salary. A job that is nowhere near my bed.

This means that I spend a lot of my time with only dogs for conversation. Needless to say, they don’t talk a lot. And when they do it’s really only to complain that the UPS or FedEx person is here. In my need to add more human voices to my life, I listen to a lot of podcasts. 

podcast cover for WhiskyCast.

If you are a whiskey fan, you’ve surely heard of WhiskyCast. WhiskyCast was the first podcast about whisky I ever listened to, and I’ve been listening for four or five years now. WhiskyCast is hosted by Mark Gillespie. Described as “Cask strength conversation featuring news and interviews from the world of whiskey” Mark delivers just that every week. There is a news segment, a discussion segment and an in-depth segment that features interviews from people involved in all phases of whisky making from all of the whisky-making countries. It is such an interesting podcast that about a year ago my wife started making me wait for her to listen to them. Unfortunately that means I now binge listen to a month’s at a time while in the car with her. But even the older ones cause us to stop every few minutes to discuss what was just said. A 45 minute show may take us an hour and a half to listen to. 

Add in the fact that Mark is just a wonderful guy to listen to (and to talk to should you get the opportunity) and this is a can’t miss podcast for whisky lovers. 

For the longest time that was the end of my whisky podcast list. But recently I was made aware of another whisky podcast.

podcast cover for The Whisky Topic

(Full disclosure, I was made aware of it because Mark Bylok became one of the patrons of bourbonguy.com when I had a Patreon.com campaign going.) The Whisky Topic is a podcast is hosted by Mark Bylok, author of the Whisky Cabinet, and Jamie Johnson who runs a bourbon club in Toronto. Its tagline is “a casual conversation with whisky.” And it is exactly that. It is two friends, occasional guests and whisky. The conversation ranges from whisky topics of the day to whatever the guest is an expert in. 

And they really do have exquisite taste in guests. While I’ve been listening, they’ve had their area’s brand ambassador for Jim Beam, Davin de Kergommeaux, Josh Peters from the Whiskey Jug, author Reid Mitenbuler and…me.

That’s right, I am going to be a guest on this week’s episode. We chat about topics ranging from Templeton Rye to experiments in blending to my favorite “everyday” bourbons and maybe even lying to your doctor. I haven’t heard the final edit yet so I’m hoping they make me sound smart. That episode should be available for download sometime Wednesday. But every one of the five or so I’ve listened to so far have been great. If you are a whiskey lover, this is another one to add to your favorite podcast app.

So, now I have a question for the rest of you. Do you know of any other whiskey shows we should all be listening to? If so leave them in the comments below. I’d love to find a few more. I need all the human voices I can get.


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