Armchair Whisky

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The podcast for whisky enthusiasts by whisky enthusiasts. Presenting you with your weekly fix of whisky chat in a format that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

#29 The One With Drew from Whiskey Lore... "Dr. Seuss was apparently not a great guy."
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Drew Hannush is the host/producer/creator of one of the finest wishk(e)y pods out there, Whisky Lore. He has been one of the best sources of whisky knowledge for us and enthusiasts like us and we wanted to get him on the other side of the mic and hear his whisky stories... and the stories behind his stories. 

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#28 Armchair School of Whiskraft & Distillery... the third one...
06/26/2022

After Crown Royal Winter Wheat swept the Canadian Whisky Awards we were left wondering if there's more to CR than we previously thought.  It's one of the most successful brands but is often overlooked by enthusiasts... UNTIL NOW! With the help of Headmaster Davin de "Wizard" Kergommeaux we take a closer look at 4 different CR expressions to find see if there's more there than meets the eye (Transformers theme song trigger alert). 

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PAIRS WITH #2: Tim Hicks
06/22/2022

Welcome to this second instalment of our "Pairs With" special. In these episodes, we interview people within the arts and entertainment industry who, like us, love whisky. In today's episode, we are joined by Tim Hicks. Tim is an award-winning and Canadian chart-topping country music artist.

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#27 A GlenAllachie Trifecta... "Get a buddy, do blinds."
06/19/2022

Today's episode is a tasting of GlenAllachie 10 CS, 12, AND 15, back to back...to back! We want to know which one is the best... that's pretty much what you need to know going into this one folks. 


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#26 The One With Charlie Maclean... "Crystal Ball."
06/12/2022

Charlie Maclean, perhaps you've heard of him? He's been writing about whisky since the 80s and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who knows more about Scotch than this man. He is a true legend in the industry and a gentleman for being so kind as to come on our humble pod and share some thoughts. 

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#25 Gary Quinn Interview... "The Craic was Ninety."
06/08/2022

We talk to Gary Quinn, travel writer and author of "Irish Whisky", a guide to Ireland's best-known whiskeys. Word on the street is that Ireland is the country to keep an eye on when it comes to the next big thing in whisky but is that true and if so what is the hype all about? 

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#24 Three Blind Whiskies... "The Ned Flanders of Whisky."
06/05/2022

In this episode, we randomly select three whiskies for each other to taste blind and unlike "The Three Blind Mice" there is no RHYME or reason behind the selections, other than to test our skills of recognition and maybe learn a thing or two along the way... and boy do we learn a thing or two! 

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#23 The Mark Gillespie Interview... "The Lejon Brames to our Junior Varsity."
05/29/2022

Mark Gillespie is the creator and producer of the OG whisky podcast, WhiskyCast. He has his finger on the pulse of the global whisky industry like no other and in this episode of AW he graciously shares some of what he knows with us. We get to know him a little more as he is usually the one asking the questions and we pick his brain about industry trends and what he thinks the future of whisky might look like.  

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#22 Zach Johnston from UPROXX... "Hoping for a Post-Defamation Johnny Depp Whisky."
05/25/2022

Zach Johnston is the spirits writer for UPROXX. His background behind the bar and the keyboard coupled with his genuine passion for all things distilled means he comes to the table with a wealth of insight into the whisky world. He's got a birds-eye view on trends in the industry and is also just a very cool guy. 

 We hope you enjoy our chat. 

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#21 Crowning the Peat King of Islay... "My Bottle, My Choice."
05/22/2022

Who will be crowned "The Peat King of Islay" in this battle of flagship bottles from six different  Islay Distilleries?!?!  It's high time we find out and you better hold onto your hats because this one gets dicey on more than one occasion. We can genuinely say that we've never judged a tighter lineup of whiskies than this one. 

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#20 Armchair School of Whiskraft & Distillery (2nd Year)
05/15/2022

Once again we find ourselves under the masterful tutelage of headmaster Davin de "Wizard" Kergommeaux. This time he leads us on a tour of some unbelievably well-crafted Canadian single malts and educates our palates as well as our whiskraft knowledge. 

1. Shelter Point "Classic Single Malt" (cask strength); special for Kensington Wine Market 
2. Okannagan Spirits "Laird of Fintry" 
3. Stillhead Distillery Single Malt
4. Two Brewers Single Malt 


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PAIRS WITH #1: Chris Gormley (The Whisky Hunter, The Trews)
05/11/2022

Welcome to our first episode of "Pairs With". This is a special mid-week release series that will air occasionally and for our very first episode, we are joined by Chris Gormley. Chris is the drummer for The Trews, has a solo project called The Whisky Hunter, and is a whisky connoisseur. We talk about all things whisky and music and come up with some great pairings along the way.

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#19 The One With Dr. Don Livermore (SPECIAL)
05/08/2022

The Doctor is in the HIZZOUSE and we get taken to school! Don Livermore is the master blender for Hiram Walker, producer of Lot 40, Pike Creek, J.P. Wiser’s, and Gooderham & Worts. He is a wealth of knowledge and whisky wisdom. We talk about everything from Canadian rye to flavour wheels, cask maturation, and... A LOT more. This one’s a crowd pleaser for you whisky nerds 🥃  🤓… Cheers! 

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#18 Campbeltown Showdown... "Mhhhm Misophonia."
05/01/2022

A Hazelburn, Springbank, Glen Scotia, Longrow, and Kilkerran walk into a bar... That's our kind of bar. #nuffsaid 

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#17 @whiskybry Interview.... "Good Ol' Boys Drinkin' Whisky With Bry!"
04/24/2022

We are joined by Canada's brand ambassador for Ardbeg and Glenmorangie, Bryan Simpson. We share a dram of Ardbeg Corryvreckan, swap stories, chat about the relationship between transparency and value, and a whole slew of other great things! We also deliver this episode with the most CRINGY opening yet... so... you're welcome 😉 


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#16 Ardbeg 10... "We're not a Spotch Codcast!"
04/17/2022

We drink Ardbeg 10 and talk about brand bias.
 Ardbeg is a brand with a cult-like following but has it, and reputable brands like it, been selling clever marketing to garner consumer loyalty while letting product quality slip? It definitely happens although some brands have earned the praise with a flavour-first approach. How do we sift the wheat from the chaff? Can our loyalty be bought by fluffy marketing? And, ultimately, how susceptible are we to brand bias? 

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#15 Armchair School of Whiskraft & Distillery with Headmaster Davin De "Wizard" Kergommeaux (Year 1)
04/10/2022

Welcome to YEAR 1 - that’s right, I said it British 🇬🇧-of the Armchair School of Whiskraft & Distillery. 
In this episode, we are rejoined by headmaster Davin De "Wizard" Kergommeaux who teaches us how to distinguish between the different grains used to make whisky. If you want to learn more about nosing and tasting this episode is a "can't miss". 

Shoutout to friend of the pod @heavilypeted for the series name.

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#14 SURPRISE! (Blind Tasting)... "As Your Palate Expands So Do Your Horizons”
04/03/2022

Who doesn't love a surprise, right? In this spontaneously recorded episode, Tyler presents Josiah with an unknown (to him) whisky for a totally blind tasting and then... the reveal! What is it? What could it be? How much does brand bias influence our taste? All of this plus some tomfoolery awaits those brave enough to listen. 

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#13 The One With Ralfy "The Prophet" Mitchell! (SPECIAL)
03/28/2022

In this episode, we're joined by Ralfy of ralfydotcom and if you're like us, you've always wanted a Ralfy Podcast... well now you have one! We talk about the slipping standards of the Scotch industry, how to expand your palate, what to look for when buying, the oxidation of peated whisky, the internet and SO MUCH MORE! 

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#12 St. Paddy's Day Celebrations… “Tom Hanks is a Monster Behind Closed Doors”
03/21/2022

In this episode we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with the coveted Green Spot. We taste, talk, compare, and tackle serious questions such as; does everyone still use SMS TXT? We may not know if good ol’ St. Patrick liked uisce beatha but one thing is certain… WE DO! And we need very little excuse to pour a dram. So cheers to the man of the hour, St. Patrick. SLÁINTE! 

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#11 Highland Park (Cask Strength)... "Like a Leg Over a Pillow"
03/14/2022

This whisky makes NO apologies. It's boldly confident and always goes hard in the paint, BUT can it withstand the scrutiny of Armchair Whisky? Highland Park is known by many, accessible, and often overlooked on the shelves but it's always been respected by us. That said, this non-age statement single malt exacts a hefty toll on your wallet and we want to know if it delivers on the palate. 

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#10 EXCLUSIVE... Davin De "Wizard" Kergommeaux Interview
03/07/2022

We have come down hard on Canadian Whisky in past episodes so we decided to invite an expert on to see if he could expand our minds and pallets. Davin De Kergommeaux has been writing about whisky, presenting whisky seminars, and leading tasting workshops around the globe for over 20 years, as well as judging international whisky competitions such as The World Whisky Awards and The Malt Manics Awards.  We also suspect he might be a wizard but you'll have to listen to the episode to find out more on that. 

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#9 Aberlour A'bunadh..."She-e-e-ry won't you come out tonight"
02/28/2022

We're back to the proverbial Holy Land of Whisky, pulled by the gravitas of the Speyside region and one of its finest representatives... Aberlour!  We're drinking A'bunadh, pronouncing it correctly, talking Scotch, kicking a**, taking names, and providing an education in the process. 

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#8 Makers Mark 46... "Dr. Pepper Fixed Him Up"
02/21/2022

This sublime whisk(e)y introduces us to the world of Bourbon. We know it's good but how does this uniquely American style hold up in the wide world of whisky? 

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#7 Redbreast 12 Cask Strength... "DOOOOOD! This whisk(e)y"
02/14/2022

An Irish Whisk(e)y that does NOT disappoint and an episode that follows suit. We dive deep into this "quintessential" Irish dram BUT is it an Armchair whisk(e)y? There's only one way to find out. 

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#6 International Scotch Day???... "Allegedly."
02/07/2022

Some sources suggest that Tuesday, February 8th is International Scotch Day and that meets very little scrutiny from us as we need little excuse to laud our favourite drink. We decided to celebrate a couple days early so you could have this episode in your feed at the usual time and make preparations for your own observances on the day of. For this one we discuss our love for Scotch and what makes it so special to us while sharing a wee nip’ o’ whisky. To Scotch! 

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#5 Laphroaig 10... "Like Whisky Puberty"
01/31/2022

A divisive whisky deserves a divisive episode. We have a dram, a little banter, and try to instigate civil war on Islay by firing some shots at another renowned distillery. 

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#4 Burns Night Special
01/25/2022

A special episode to accompany your Burns Night celebrations or perhaps turn you on to this great festive tradition. We talk about Robert Burns, our love for the country of Scotland, and what a traditional Burns Night Supper is like... We also share a dram of Glen Garioch 12 and Arran 10 in honour of The Ploughman Poet. 

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#3 Celebrity Fight Club (round 1) ... McGregor V Gretzky
01/24/2022

A hockey player and MMA fighter walk into a bar... and decide to make whisky... In this special edition episode, we pit the Great One against The Notorious (one) and although we all know who would win in an actual fight it's still undecided who makes a better whisky. Fortunately, we're here to take on the arduous task of deciding and folks... things get messy real fast. 

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#2 WhistlePig Piggyback 6 y/o... "Like Riding Bare-back on Butter-Greased Hog"
01/17/2022

In this episode we put Whistlepig Piggyback on the proverbial chopping block to see if we can make it squeal as well as talk about the differences between rye, bourbon, and scotch, while sneaking in a few low-blows on Canadian Whisky.

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#1 The Lagavulin 16... "Like Mother's Milk"
01/07/2022

Does Lagavulin 16 live up to the hype? In this inaugural episode we share a dram of Ron Swanson's favourite scotch and find out for ourselves if this really is "The Nectar of the Gods." 

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