- Gemma D.
Whisky Podcasts you HAVE to listen to
Updated: Feb 28, 2021
It took me quite a while to get used to podcasts but now that I've discovered a few that I love, I simply can't get enough. From cooking to cleaning, if I got a few minutes to spare, I will pop on my headphones.
A couple of months ago I discovered that the creators of one of my favorite shows, had been making a "Behind the scenes" podcast, which is how I ended up binging on their podcasts for days. But once I got over my high, I found out that there are quite a few podcast out there specifically dedicated to whisky. No surprise of course but for me, it's as if someone opened up a whole new world. And so I did what anyone would do: I subscribed to every single one I could find. A terrible idea because as it turned out, there are quite a few styles of podcasting that I don't like. I like the more "home-grown" style of podcasting, that at least appear to be a little bit smaller than your big, brass and commercially branded podcasts out there. I think it's great if a brand or distiller sponsors a podcast, but when there's a plug for a whisky every three minutes... you've lost me. Once I weeded out the ones I did not prefer, I still ended up with a long list of great podcasts that keep me happy and entertained nearly every day. I will definitely not share all of them but below you will find several of my favorite podcasts, a little bit on what they discuss, how long they've been around and perhaps also my personal interest in this particular podcast series. Whisky Talk
As a member of course I have to start with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society podcast called Whisky Talk. Hosted by Richard Goslan, who takes you on a journey to meet and discover whiskies, stories and the people that are connected to them. The first Whisky Talk was released in 2019 and if you want to discover the history of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, I would really invite you to sit down, pour yourself your favourite dram and listen to the very first two podcast, where founder Pip Hills who tells you his personal story. Whiskey Women Yes this exists and it's a lot of fun. A little bit different, not your traditional tasting and talking podcast, these ladies actually take their whiskey tales and supplement them with personal anecdotes and crazy comparisons. This is just one of those podcasts that you have to listen to to believe it and understand it. This podcast has been around since 2018 and episodes are usually between about 15 to 45 minutes so it's an easy listen.
The Whisky Topic The Whisky Topic podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Mark (Author of the Whisky Cabinet) and Jamie (Owner of a private Bourbon club). They cover a great number of different topics, they interview distillers, review whiskies you may not know about but also how you can better drink your dram. The Whisky Topic has been around for about five years and some of the episode are a little on the longer side, so definitely ones that you want to have a sit down for, but I promise you it's worth every second.
Yes, you read that right. If you want something that's not Scottish or American, then you definitely have to try the Whisky Waffle. Two Tasmanian guys waffling about whisky and having a lot of fun while doing it. Nick and Alex, who produce the podcasts put together episodes that are highly entertaining and a bit quirky sometimes. If there is one episode I would say you should listen to, it's the Christmas Whisky special, where they rename Christmas Whisky into Chrisky. The Whisky Waffle podcasts have been around for about a year. I know there are many other great podcasts out there and maybe even ones that you like better than the ones I wrote down here but hey, everyone has their own personal flavour preference right?
Any podcasts I missed or perhaps are worth mentioning? Let me know!
Happy drinking and happy listening!