That's right...we are doing our first ever give away! It's exclusively on Instagram so you'll need to head over there and find the official giveaway thread.
IG Username: MetahumanDave
We will be giving away samples of Proper No. Twelve, Weller 12 and our very own infinity bottle!
Check out the post here for details on how to enter: #BrolicWhiskeyGiveaway post
Please follow the instructions in order for your entries to count.
Winner will be chosen on our Youtube feed, live on September 29th at noon pst.
21+ to enter. US residents only.
#ProperNoTwelve #ConorMcGregor #ProperTwelve #ProperWhiskey #Weller12 #InfinityBottle #Bourbon
We were fortunate enough to get an advanced bottling of Conor McGregor's new whiskey, Proper No. Twelve to review from SipWhiskey.com
Anyone who knows Conor McGregor knows he's a 2 division UFC champion and he even boxed Floyd "Money" Mayweather in his pro-boxing debut. He sets /huge goals, and he usually accomplishes what he says he will. During the Mayweather fight he was talking about his "Notorious" whiskey coming soon.
You might be asking, why doesn't this bottle say "Notorious"? Well, he lost a lawsuit on the Notorious trademark for alcohol use and has since changed the name to Proper No. Twelve.
Conor claims now, he wants his whiskey brand to be the number 1 whiskey in all of Ireand, that title is currently held by Jameson. So he has some big shoes to fill, will Conor be able to add another championship to his collection?
Right now, SipWhiskey is selling Proper Twelve for just $25 and they can ship to most states (anywhere allowed by law) so I would suggest checking it out before it sells out like everything else that's attached to McGregor's name.
Update 9/17/18: We learned that this is actually a sourced whiskey made by Bushmills. Conor McGregor does not in fact own his own distillery. I'm sad to say he is purposely deceiving us and making it appear that he does. I'm all for sourced whiskies when there is transparency and truth involved.
You can watch our full, in depth review on Youtube "Brolic Whiskey" or by watching the video embedded below:
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This is a different representation of Irish Whiskey to me. I typically find Irish whiskey to be boring, not bad, just boring. This is not that.
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is not only aged for 12 years, and is bottled at 58.2% abv (most Irish comes in at 40%) but it's also aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks.
The sherry gives this whiskey a beautiful color. Even at the high proof, the sweetness and complexity is what really shines.
We reviewed it recently which you can watch in the video below:
These bottles are a must have for sharing whiskey with friends (Or your favorite whiskey blogger)
Without further ado...the Whiskey Warrior!
So even though the Whiskey Warrior for September 2018 was announced on the first of the month, it's taken a few days to get around to write about it.
The Whiskey Smith's announced me as their award winner for the month of September!
It's always difficult to write about yourself without sounding pompous. Even though I am really proud of being chosen. It actually really made my day when they told me I was their winner and they wanted to interview me. It gave me a much needed boost to know the work I've been doing is getting some recognition.
Read the interview here:
Metahuman Dave interview with Zac from Whisky Smiths
For those who aren't aware the Whiskey Smiths choose a "Whiskey Warrior" every month. They award those who they feel exemplify whiskey stewardship. By introducing new people to whiskey, having no judgement and shining a good light on all things whiskey related. As a long time reader, I've been following every one of their past winners so I was completely in awe when they contacted me. Definitely the highlight of this journey so far.
The Whiskey Smiths also have a website, a newsletter and of course are on social media. I highly suggest signing up for their newsletter.
They also created a great resource called the Deductive Tasting Guide. You can download the chart for free on their website. Or you can purchase the booklets so you can write in the whiskies you have tasted on your journey (which is what I suggest)
They're more active on their own website but still,
Follow them on Instagram: Whiskey Smiths IG
or Facebook: Whiskey Smiths FB
I have a lot of fun stuff in store and you can expect to see a lot from this "Whiskey Warrior" so make sure you're following me on social media and Youtube.
I want to thank the Whiskey Smiths for choosing me this month. Also thanks for the badass prize pack. Framed certificates, a tasting guide with pen, and a Whiskey Warrior etched Glencairn glass.
Here's a video of me unboxing the package they sent:
Introducing the Whiskey Warrior!
I've mentioned this whisky enough times in other videos so it's about time we finally reviewed it for our Youtube channel. So here it is, my personal favorite whisky and the one that really made me fall in love with exploring whiskies as a hobby: Laphroaig 10 single malt Scotch whisky.
This is a very smokey whisky from the Islay region of Scotland. The smokiness comes from the peat. Peat is a moss that grows in peat bogs that have been used as a heating fuel for thousands of years. Peated whiskies use a malted barley that has been dried with peat smoke.
Peated whiskies are my favorite kinds. They often bring a BBQ type flavor in addition to a briney saltiness.
Laphroaig 10 just has an amazing aroma that is so pleasurable you can sniff it for hours without even drinking it.
Nose: Smoke, medicinal, briney, BBQ meats
Taste: A flavor explosion that changes rapidly between smoke, sweet, salty.
Finish: Extremely long as the oils cling to the tongue. This is a slow sipper as the flavors constantly evolve and will continue to do so long after you've sipped.
So we know it's my favorite, but what does Mike think of this smoke bomb? Watch the video to hear his opinions.
Here it is. This is the spicy challenge we've been teasing. Yes, it was hot.
So what makes up the #BrolicWhiskeySpicyChallenge ?
First we started by eating Samyang 2x Spicy noodles as fast as possible with chopsticks. Then we ate an entire home-grown Red Savina pepper*. Then we take a shot of Black Feather whiskey.
Before we can get any kind of relief we need to suffer through a 2 minute after burn. (We both ended up taking 3 minutes)
*The Red Savina was at one time the world's hottest pepper for almost 12 years before the Ghost Pepper took it's title. These came out of my own garden which were growing next to Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reapers so there is a chance these were hotter than your typical Red Savina.
If you're Brolic enough to take on the challenge, make sure to use the hash tag #BrolicWhiskeySpicyChallenge and tag us on social media.
Watch us suffering through the challenge in the video below:
If you want to take on the challenge you'll need the Samyang 2x Spicy noodles
Try to find the Red Savina pepper plant at a local nursery or from a trust worthy seed website, all the ones I've found on Amazon are listed incorrectly and have poor reviews from people saying they didn't get the correct seeds.
The Face you make when you take the #BrolicWhiskeySpicyChallenge:
I mean, what can we say about Johnnie Walker Black that hasn't been said a thousand times already. It's one of the most popular Scotch whisky of all time. Can be found at even the most dive bar out there. It's owned by Diageo. It's a blended whisky of almost 40 different whiskies. Blah blah blah....you've probably heard or read all about it before, so just watch the video to hear our opinions of it.
For this review it's our second time we take a journey to the Orkney Islands to review a Highland Park Scotch whisky. The last time was Dark Origins, but this time we are reviewing Full Volume.
Full Volume is an homage to a musicians mixing board, setting the right tones to make a pleasurable listening experience. This is supposed to be Highland Park's head distiller, Gordon Motion's masterpiece that showcases using the right ingredients to pull off a fully complex whisky (Balancing the right amount of sweet, with peat, and floral notes etc...) for our tasting pleasure.
Full Volume was distilled in 1999 and bottled in 2017. Rather than using an age statement, they wanted you to focus on the story that makes up Full Volume.
So with a name like this, is it worthy of a Spinal Tap reference of being turned up to 11? Watch the video to find out.
2 minute whiskey review of Highland Park Full Volume:
Sean Hallman is a Navy veteran who is now the owner and head distiller over at Shadow Ridge Spirits Company in Oceanside, CA. Sean is one of the most genuinely nice people I've had the pleasure of meeting. I met Sean at the Meet the Distillers event that was held at Proof 101 a few weeks back and he invited me for a private tour of his facility. I've been a fan ever since.
You may have seen our review video we recorded for Shadow Ridge single malt, if not click here: Shadow Ridge Single Malt review
Sean is putting out phenomenal whiskies and deserves the recognition for such a quality product. I would highly encourage checking them out when you can. You can look him up on Instagram and follow him on Facebook: Shadow Ridge Facebook
Support the local companies by buying their bottles and taking tours of their distilleries.
You can listen to our interview here:
We just uploaded our newest review featuring Westland Distillery Garryana.
Based in Seattle, Washington this variety uses a special wood called Garry Oak that is native only to the Pacific Northwest.
This is a limited release of only 2,600 bottles and it has quite the story behind it, if you care to read about it you can check it out on their website: Westland Garryana
The full review can be watched below.
We tasted and scored this one 3 ways: Neat, diluted, and over ice.
At the end of the review we make an announcement of something stupid we're going to be doing soon. Make sure to subscribe to the channel so you don't miss it!
If you want to do the challenge with us, buy these seeds to grow your own Red Savina plant and these are the noodles we'll be eating as well.
The latest review Mike and I did was on another Jameson Irish whiskey, this time being, Black Barrel.
We toughed it out for you guys while a swarm of bees were all around us. We do it for you.
Black Barrel is re-charred used Bourbon and Sherry casks that are vatted together before bottling.
It comes in at the usual 40% ABV for Jameson.
On the nose: It has a very cola like smell, but what about the taste?
Watch the video review below to hear our thoughts.
It needed to be brought up, I finally had enough when I saw a local shop selling Weller C.Y.P.B. for $400! Are you kidding me bro?? It's a $45 bottle!
So down below this text you can hear my rant about shady store owners. I'm all for capitalism and having the right to make a living in this country, but there's a big difference between having a mark up and just being a douche bag.
Maybe you're waiting on that perfect sucker to walk in that will listen to your "suggestion" that Weller is worth that price....or maybe that bottle collects dust for months on end....either way, you're alienating your local community members who would have been your regular customers. I know of plenty of whiskey groups who private message each other and have a list of stores they boycott for this exact reason. These boycotters are costing these store owners thousands of dollars a month in potential sales...so while you wait to make a couple hundred dollars off 1 sucker, you lose dozens of big whiskey purchasers. Basic economics folks, price your bottles fairly and whiskey enthusiasts will be your regulars. Hopefully listening to the rant will make a few store owners reconsider. I doubt it though, that's fine. Our business will go to the ones who are fair.
Listen to the audio below for the full rant.
(If it pauses during transitions from intro to the podcast, hit play again)
Update: I added a follow up to the first rant underneath (Part 2 if you will)
We're going full strength for this review. We taste test and review Bulleit Bourbon barrel strength, batch #2 which has an ABV of 62.7%!
This is by far the highest proof whiskey that Just Mike has had in his whiskey journey thus far. How did he fair? Watch the video.
Bulleit has an interesting back story that I tell in the video.
This packs a wallop like you'd expect from something with so much alcohol content, but through that we get hints of caramel, vanilla, and even cola?
In the video we tested this one neat vs diluted with water vs over ice.
Watch the video below:
My most suggested book for all things whiskey:
Shadow Ridge is a veteran owned, craft distillery based in North County San Diego in the city of Oceanside, California.
The owner and head distiller, Sean Hallman, is a Navy veteran and he has an extensive background in brewing beer, which he uses that experience to experiment with his whiskies to bring out a phenomenal product.
We received an advanced bottle to sample which is the one we reviewed.
Due to release in August 2018, Shadow Ridge will be releasing 3 varieties. This single malt we just reviewed, in addition to a Bourbon and another one they're calling their "Special Release."
Between small stills and unique shapes, he uses unique yeast strains and varying temperatures to give his whiskey a uniquely creamy texture, especially noticeable in the single malt.
The single malt uses 60% peated or cherry wood smoked barley, with the other 40% comprising of vienna and crystal malts.
For a young whiskey, it's surprisingly complex and not "green" at all. He ages his whiskey in 5 gallon barrels.
The Shadow Ridge Single Malt whiskey is one of my personal favorite whiskies. I love the creamy texture and taste this brings out with a touch of smoke.
It actually currently holds my highest rated score for the channel yet!
I highly encourage you check them out if you're local and take a tour. Sean loves to talk whiskey and will gladly give you a personal tour when available. Hit them up at: Shadow Ridge Facebook
Or on their website: Shadow Ridge Website
Check out our full review below:
Update 8/10/18: I was able to interview Sean for the podcast and you can hear that below:
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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