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Mar152011

Podcast #11 - Balvenie's Andrew Weir

I had the extreme pleasure today of sitting down in my own living room to do a tasting with Andrew Weir from Balvenie and talk a little about the Glenfiddich malts as well.  Andrew is extremely knowledgable about single malts in general and I found him to be an excellent resource for our education-focused program.  We covered the accessibility of Speyside malts, the true age of the Balvenie 15, and general anti-Glen snobbery.

This episode of the podcast can be downloaded here.  Previous episodes are available at our archive here or on iTunes.  You can always listen via our embedded Flash player below as well.

 

Reader Comments (9)

I've always wanted to love Balvenie's Single Barrel 15, but it's balance is a bit too wood-weighted for my taste. Having an actual age of 19-20 years could explain that... interesting. Which is not to say I don't love older Speyside expressions, Glenfiddich 21 and Balvenie's PortWood 21 are just stinking fabulous. The PortWood 21 oozes orchard fruit... yum.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

You might want to check your volume again. Andrew is a bit hard to hear.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersku

Additionally, I totally agree that cast strength whisky isn't of cosmic importance. Great cask strength whisky can be a flavor rush that stands-apart from other whiskies, but high volume intensity can be a turn-off when you're just relaxing. I think the self-appointed cask strength fanatics, like adrenalin junkies, embrace hard-and-fast doctrines of solitary distinctiveness primarily just to set themselves apart (for whatever reason) from larger communities. But chastising the larger community of whisky drinkers--the 40%-47% ABV crowd--for not primarily embracing unfiltered cask strength whiskies is like dissing golfers because their pastime lacks the maverick exhilaration of BASE jumping or wingsuit flying.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRN

There are a ton of audio problems because I only have the one mic, so we have to both be on the same audio track. If I talk louder than him (which I do) then it causes a big difference in volume which can only be remedied by hours of editing, which I have zero time to do. I am unfortunately forced to choose between an unprofessional podcast that people can hear or a professional one that will never ever be online because it will require time that I don't have to get it there. It sounds fine on my computer and on my speakers, but if I bring it in the car it's more of a problem to hear Andrew.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

Thanks David. I usually listen while walking to work so I get a lot of background noise. I'll try it at home.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersku

RN - agreed on the extreme. I am all over the map sometimes on how I feel about whisky and right now I feel like I don't want cask strength

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid D

I hear ya. Been on a Glendronach 15yr/18yr kick of late.

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