The time is drawing nearer...we are just a few days away from one of the biggest whiskey tasting events of the year.
We were fortunate enough to have Toby take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to tell us about the Hi-Time Wine Cellars event,
Proof: A Whiskey Social that will be held at Westside Museum on Saturday, June 2nd 2018.
Westside Museum 729 Farad St, Costa Mesa CA
He tells us what to expect, what's included with the price of your ticket as well as how to best navigate through the over 225 whiskies that will be available.
Make sure to check out the audio interview down below the flyer.
A few blog entries earlier we gave the full details about Hi-Time as well as the venue and locations so please check that out as well.
Click here to view: Blog Entry about Proof
For tickets go to: https://www.hitimewine.net/proof
(Keep in mind VIP Tickets are sold out)
I have credited ScotchNoob for being my go-to resource when I was first getting in to whiskey. I found that this anonymous blogger had a similar palate to mine so when he recommended something I was almost sure I'd like it too. Having someone to be able to lean on when you're first starting out is great since it can be overwhelming when you go to a store and not know what you should try. Taste is extremely subjective so it may take a while before you find someone who has a similar palate as you, for me I lucked out right away.
Now, I'll admit, Nathan writes very well (almost poetic) about his tasting notes so his newer reviews sound like an expert level sommelier wrote them, but even with that, a beginner can still read it and know what to expect out of the whiskey he is reviewing.
Since I am such a fan I was nervous about interviewing him since we have never spoke before this recording but I was happy to hear how natural the conversation flowed.
I do apologize if there's background noise from trucks moving in the background at some points, I was recording outside of a Starbucks. We also we're disconnected for a brief moment but we pick up right where we left off.
Within the interview Nathan recommends two books which I have linked for you below.
The World Atlas of Whisky: New Edition by Dave Broom*
101 World Whiskies To Try Before You Die by Ian Buxton (revised and updated)*
*Affiliate links included
Check out his blog/reviews on his website and like his page on Facebook at Scotch Noob Facebook
The full audio interview can be heard below:
On June 2nd, 2018 you will want to be at Proof - A Whiskey Social.
This event is being presented by Hi-Time Wine Cellars and Westside Museum in Costa Mesa.
You've heard me mention Hi-Time on past episodes because their prices (and selection) are awesome...but this is something I'm really excited about...this is the tasting event of all tasting events. You can check out the Hi-Time Wine Facebook page and event page for Proof to see the updated list of whiskies that will be on hand, but there are over 200 whiskies to taste!
The event will be at the Westside Museum located at 729 Farad St in Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
All the whiskies being poured will also be available for purchase at a 10% discount (To be picked up at Hi-Time at a later date).
A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Surfrider Foundation and their dedication to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
VIP tickets are $150 and include early entry at 1 p.m. with exclusive additional whiskies being poured only that hour.
General Admission is $100 and allows admission from 2-5 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars or online at https://www.hitimewine.net/proof
The Westside Museum is located at 729 Farad St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.
Proof – A Whiskey Social wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. A special thank you to Westside Museum, Coast Magazine, Ryan Press and Dianco Wine Accessories.
About Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Celebrating 60 years of business, Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a family-owned and operated retail store located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded by Fritz Hanson and his brother-in-law Jim McVay, Hi-Time opened the cellar doors in 1957 at its original location on 17th and Irvine in Costa Mesa, California. In 1984 the store moved to its Ogle Street location in Costa Mesa where it houses 10,000+ wines from around the world in the largest underground temperature-controlled wine cellar west of the Mississippi. The 24,000 square feet of retail space also boasts a walk-in beer refrigerator, rare spirits, gourmet foods, cheeses, charcuterie, chocolates, candy and a full-service tobacconist with a sizeable walk-in humidor. Hi-Time Wine Cellars is located at 250 Ogle Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. For additional information visit www.hitimewine.net or call 949-650-8463
Let me know when you buy your tickets, I'd love to catch up with you at the event!
The audio podcast can be heard below:
Oh no! The Sky is Falling! The sky is falling! -Chicken Little
That's what everyone in my whiskey groups sound like right now.
Yes, these 2 whiskies are being discontinued...but there's no need to pay ridiculous amounts of money in the secondary market for these just because a few Facebook stories are being shared. If you never intended to buy a bottle, don't buy one just because of the news. There are plenty of whiskies to go around. Hibiki 12 was discontinued and we got Hibiki Harmony in it's place. Now 17 is going away and we'll get the Blender's Choice in September. If you find one at a retail price, then yes, go for it, but don't let scammers force you to pay more. Whiskey is to be enjoyed. It's to be appreciated. It's to be shared. It should not be used to try to flip to make a quick buck. That just ruins the experience. Enjoy the water of life, by yourself or with a friend. Cheers!
Full audio can be heard below:
Here's our review of The Hakushu 12:
Today I had the pleasure to sit down with Chris McInerny while we enjoy a dram of Amrut Fusion. Amrut is a whisky from Indian and it happens to be a personal favorite of Chris.
Chris and his family are entrepreneurs from North County, San Diego, who own a couple of liquor stores and a Pizzeria. Bonsall Fine Wine and Spirits (76 and Mission, inside the Daniels Market shopping center) which is down the street from where I live. Stormy is the guy you'll normally see at that location.
Emerald Spirits and Pizza On Tap are next to each other in Vista. (78 and Emerald)
Chris is a very knowledgable person within the world of whiskey and definitely has a passion to discuss the topic. Within the audio podcast Chris tells us how he was introduced to the industry and his feelings on the direction the whiskey world is going. He also gives us his tasting notes on Amrut Fusion. Supporting the local shops, bars and just exploring the world of whiskey to find what you enjoy.
*We were recording inside Pizza On Tap and had to cut out so Mike Jr could open up for business :)
Thank you for sharing your time and whisky with me.
Listen to the full interview below:
In this episode I talk about my New York roots, which is where the term Brolic comes from. You'll hear about terms like Deadass as well as all the new words that will randomly come up in conversation without me noticing since it's just common words to me. I also tell you how I got into Scotch and whiskey after getting burned out from the San Diego craft beer scene. Where I leaned on one bloggers review site scotchnoob.com for recommendations for a new bottle to try. Which led me to realizing someone needs to make an entertaining and non-snobby whiskey review channel on Youtube. The Whiskey Vault, the Whiskey Tribe and all the Magnificent Bastards I've met along the way while finally taking the plunge from "one day, one day... to we're doing this!". I believe that one day this will be a giant community that spans not only coast to coast, but globally. Nerds of the world unite. Snobs can take a hike and follow another group.
Full audio of all details, including the name of my new puppy can be heard here:
In todays environment of secondary pricing and even liquor store owners price gouging, it's refreshing to find a store owner who prices their stuff fairly. Weller 12 has to be one of the most over-hyped and over-priced bourbons that exists right now. It's supposed to be in the $30-40 range but I've seen stores mark it up as high as $200! Thanks to Ray at Village Bonsall Market I was able to buy this bottle for just $40! (Bonsall is a small little town in North County, San Diego between Vista, Oceanside and Fallbrook.)
I could have been a prick and bought the other bottle he had just to re-sell it, but I don't want to support the price gouging market. I left the other bottle on the shelf so hopefully I gain some good whiskey karma. :)
Weller 12 is a wheated bourbon and some people will call it the poor man's Pappy. I won't leave a review for this one here, I'll save it for our Youtube channel. Bottom line is, Weller 12 for $40 is a hard to get Deadass Deal!
If he still has a bottle on his shelf and you want it, please make sure to mention that Brolic Whiskey sent you.
Podcast audio can be heard below:
This 2 minute whiskey review is on a Jack Daniels look alike that will likely be getting a new look once they're sued by ole JD's lawyers.
So I was at Total Wine and More up in Temecula when I found this bottle for sale. It's just $14 for a full 750ml bottle and $26 for a 1.75! I was on my motorcycle and didn't have room in my backpack for a full size so I just picked up a mini to try. I definitely want to grab a full size before they're forced to change the look. Collectors item in the future?
So for such a bottom priced whiskey I am totally blown away...it's really not terrible. It's actually pretty descent. It's not something you'll be sipping neat to try to find subtle nuanced tasting notes but it's definitely a fine whiskey to drink on the rocks. Or just pick up a bottle to have a fun weekend with the boys. Skip out on the Jack and Coke and have yourself a Lonehand...while it's still on the shelves at least :)
Full audio from the podcast can be heard below:
This is a lesser known company who has only been around for a few years. I believe they're in their 4th year. They are based in Thurso, Highland, Scotland.
I have to thank Master of Malt (A UK based company) for this bottle. I won this from #WhiskySanta which was a shock to me. www.masterofmalt.com
For a brand so young, I am amazed at how good this Wolfburn single malt tastes. I mention it in the podcast, but the rumors are that this is aged in used Laphroaig barrels which give it a slight hint of smoke.
Nose: Sour, slight smoke
Palate: Smooth :) Sweet, fruit?, kiss of smoke
It's priced higher than most people would expect such a young whisky to be priced, but based off this bottle, I can firmly say...age doesn't necessarily imply a superior tasting whisky. I've had plenty of 12 and 18 year old whisk(e)ys that can't hold a candle to this one. I for one, am looking forward to trying the other varieties of Wolfburn as they become available in my area. I've only seen this one in California so far. I'm also looking forward to seeing what this company will do with more experience and age under their belt. I recommend giving this one a try and don't be an age snob! This is still in my top 10.
Update: Check the comments section for a reply by Wolfburn's brand ambassador
Audio from the 2 minute review podcast is below:
When I first created this segment I was calling it Frugal Finds. I'm a frugal guy and love the hunt of finding a great deal which I why I felt that was an easy name, but Mike suggested I use another NY term I taught him and have a segment called Deadass Deals. He suggested this just a day after I uploaded this. So this is the one and only episode of Frugal Finds, as it's now known as Deadass Deals. I explain Deadass in another podcast episode.
This was an amazing find from Hi-Time Wine Cellars which is a liquor store in Costa Mesa, CA. They also have an online web store, which is where I purchased my bottle. www.hitimewine.net
This bottle typically sells for around $60 for Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength edition. It comes in at the legal limit proof so it's quite different from the regular Bulleit Bourbon. I had 4 other bottles in my shopping cart (all of which were GREAT prices too) and decided to add a bourbon to my order since I never had one. It wasn't until it arrived that I realized I didn't order the regular version...much to my surprise since I only paid $26! For anyone who is interested, this was batch #2.
*I also paid $44 for Laphroaig Quarter Cask, $50 for Johnnie Walker Green, Aberfeldy 12 for $34, and Compass Box Great King Street for $39. Each one of these could have been their own episode of Deadass Deals at those prices...especially the QC.
The full audio from the podcast can be found below:
Here it is...my 2 minute review of my favorite whiskey thus far, Laphroaig 10 single malt scotch whisky from Islay. For the uninitiated, the Islay style of whisky is a love or hate kind of thing. The peat smoke brings up some really unique scents and flavors that you don't get from other types of whisk(e)y and for me it's a pure love. The smokey, barbecue and camp fire nose I get is like no other. There's no subtlety here on the palate either, it's a punch to the face...in a good way :).
As Mike so eloquently said after his first time trying this: "It's like I just took a bong rip of campfire!" haha. I lost it when he said that.
Any way, the 2 minute review audio is below but we will definitely be reviewing this more in depth on our Youtube channel.
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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