• Episode 6

    Episode 6 heralds the triumphant return of the hosts of Apropos of Nothing. On the business end, we taste The Speyside 12yr and Ardbeg 10yr, talk about the Deadly Sins as they apply to us, and Salsa takes us out with a toast.

  • Episode 5

    It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for–the first of two crossover episodes with Apropos of Nothing! We had a lot of fun recording this, as I’m sure you’ll gather. Not only do we discuss the Dalmore Gran Reserva and The Balvenie 15yr Single Barrel, but also fruitcake, coopering, the dangers of single barrel expressions, and the AON podcast origin story.

    We also launch our first official segment and decide to make a tradition of the closing toast.


  • Episode 4

    Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we at Xtreme Tasting League: Scotch bring you an episode filled with Irish single malts and musicians! That’s right, our guests this episode are John Sjogren and Neil Jonhston from the band The Tim Malloys and we taste the Knappogue Castle and Connemara 12yrs. Sláinte!

  • Episode 3

    Ishmael Williams, President of the Convergence Board of Directors, welcomes us at Convergence HQ to taste the Glenlivet and Glenfiddich 12yrs.

  • Episode 2

    Guest Peter Buckholtz returns while we taste the Yamazaki 18yr and Cragganmore 12yr.

  • Episode 1

    Guest Peter Buckholtz joins us on our first official recording, where we taste the Cardhu 12yr and the Bruichladdich Rocks.

  • The Pilot

    So, here’s the pilot recording Dave and I did with the other friends with whom we were doing an informal Scotch club.  What you’ll hear is a completely unedited recording, and it’s pretty obvious we had no clue what we were doing at first, but found our feet relatively quickly.  Having Matt from AONPodcast present was a blessing, as he helped us minimize the dead air and provided an excellent interview such that we hope you get a good idea of where we are coming from and what we hope this podcast will be.


    Note: this was recorded in October 2012, so the November 30 steak and Scotch dinner Dave speaks of has come and gone–sorry. It’s likely the sponsoring group will do something similar again next year, and we’ll try to keep you posted.

    Which Glenmorangie is which? We couldn’t remember, so here’s the list of what is finished in the varied casks.
    La Santa – Sherry
    Quinta Ruban – Port
    Nectar d’Or – Sauternes

  • Welcome to the Xtreme Tasting
    League: Scotch Podcast

    Dave and I would like to thank you for checking out our podcast and website.

    As the name suggests, we will be tasting Scotch whiskeys and giving you our opinions of them. We aren’t professional tasters but have been sampling Scotches seriously for a number of years and would like to share our experiences with you, the listener.

    The original idea for this podcast was spitballed at a regular event we attended with some other friends, and the pilot episode was recorded with that group to see if we could step up our game, as it were. The other two members of our informal club declined further participation in the podcast, but Dave and I have pressed on, and we hope you enjoy what is to come.

    What we plan to bring to you is greater knowledge so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. When we first started out, we had no idea what to expect out of many of the bottles we purchased, and while that’s still often true, we have a much better guess as to the likely flavors of the bottle before we even open it, based on our experiences. Hopefully you’ll come to know us well enough that you’ll be able to take us shopping with you, and having listened to our taste tests, be able to buy Scotch whiskey that you know you’ll enjoy.

    But don’t think that we’re going to be complete snobs about our tastings. Oh, no. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll be pretentious now and again, but what we hope to bring is a bit of humor to the proceedings, at least enough to make our show fun to listen to.

    We’re also hoping that some of you will play along with us, as we’ll be letting you know what bottles will be in our next show. Please feel free to buy a pour of one or both Scotches at your local pub and see if you agree with us and post your own findings in the comments section of each show.

    Weclome to the Xtreme Tasting League!