We recently uploaded our video review for Johnnie Walker Green label. Blended Malt Scotch whisky.
I have said on many occasions that I believe this to be the most under-rated and the best whisky in the Johnnie Walker core line-up.
Johnnie Walker Green is a blended malt whisky. Which means it's a blend of multiple single malts, in this case it's 4 whiskies that make up the bulk of this blend: Coal Ila, Cragganmore, Linkwood and Talisker.
It's bottled at 43% abv which is higher than the typical 40% most of the other Johnnie Walker whiskies.
For us we can often find it for under $50 so it's a great buy at this price range.
We'd love to hear from you. What is your opinion of Johnnie Walker Green?
This was the first video we recorded after the Proper Twelve review which is why we mention the troll feedback so much in this one. It just took awhile to get around to editing this one since I'm new to editing.
We still have some old videos to edit, but going forward we plan to include more viewer comments, questions and feedback. We appreciate all of it, so if you have a question please don't be shy and leave it in the comment box (or you can email us if you wish to remain anonymous).
The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve is a single malt Scotch whisky that was aged for 15 years and then extra matured in French Limousin Oak. These types of casks are typically used in the aging of Cognac and bring out some spicy notes.
The video has been uploaded for a few days so we've had enough time to get viewer feedback, and while Mike and I both despised this one on rocks (scored the lowest "undrinkable" rating of 1) we have heard from a bunch of people who said they love this one on the rocks. Taste is subjective and we always encourage you to drink it the way you like it.
Personally, I liked this one with a couple of drops of water.
Mike was leaning a little more towards neat.
So, if you've tried this one, what is your preferred way to drink it?
Wow, that's a mouthful huh? Well that's the name of the latest whiskey we reviewed. Rabbit Hole is the name of the distillery but the whiskey we reviewed was their Straight Bourbon that was finished in PX Sherry Casks. PX stands for Pedro Ximenez, which is a much sweeter sherry than the Olorosso sherry that you often see other whiskies aged in.
In the video I mentioned that this is a sourced whiskey, although the source is not disclosed, I can tell you that it is NOT sourced by MGP. This is the only sourced whiskey in the Rabbit Hole lineup. Even though it's sourced, this is more than simply a company that's bottling someone else's whiskey, Rabbit Hole does the finishing themselves using hand selected PX sherry casks.
Their other whiskies we contracted by a northern Kentucky distillery, made using Rabbit Hole's recipe while their distillery was being made. As per the rep I spoke with, Rabbit Hole has been distilling their own spirits for the last 6 months.
I LOVE THIS KIND OF TRANSPARENCY IN A COMPANY!!
So many other companies need to take notes from Rabbit Hole on how to be transparent and have great customer service. (Are you listening Proper Twelve??)
Anyway, let's talk about the juice inside the bottle.
Nose: On the nose it comes across as sweet and a little waxy
Palate: On the palate that's where the "WOW!" happens. I just found myself a new favorite bourbon. This is sweet, dessert-like. A little bit of red fruits, maybe raspberry? No real alcohol burn. I have been recommending this one a lot ever since tasting it. I love this bourbon. Drink this one neat, I didn't dig it with water or ice.
Finish: Medium length
Due to this tasty whiskey, and the fact that the company hides nothing from us, I will continue to support this brand. We need more companies like Rabbit Hole in this (sometimes) muddy industry.
Check out the review below to get my opinion in words as well as hear from Just Mike:
The day we've been waiting for is almost here!
On Sunday, October 14th we will be tasting our Infinity Bottle for the first time!
We're going to do it live on Youtube.
One of the first goals I set for Mike and myself with our Brolic Whiskey channel was to hit 100 subscribers so that we can open our infinity bottle together.
The reason for 100 subscribers? It's the first Youtube milestone you can reach, which allows you to have a custom url. ex: Youtube.com/c/brolicwhiskey
We hit that goal a few weeks back with the huge popularity of our Conor McGregor, Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey video which went semi-viral. Rather than drinking from the infinity bottle right away, I held a giveaway which included samples of the infinity bottle which ended at the end of September. So right now there are 7 people who have a sample of our infinity bottle that I hope saved it so they can taste it with us live on the Youtube Live-Stream this Sunday at 4pm pst.
If you're reading this far but have no idea what an Infinity Bottle is, we recorded a video explaining it here: What the heck is an Infinity Bottle?
So this is a big deal for us, we;re excited and very thankful for you guys who follow us. We are inviting anyone in the SoCal area to join us in person to drink with us. If you want to hang out, message me at BrolicWhiskey@gmail.com
See you on Sunday!
I'm hoping the link I share below will bring you to the livestream. If it doesn't make sure to look on our Youtube homepage at 4pm on Sunday.
We reviewed another Laphroaig whisky, this time it's the Quarter Cask.
This is a NAS single malt Scotch whisky, but from what I gather it's aged for approximately 5 years in regular sized (53 gal) barrels before being extra matured in 33 gal Quarter Casks which allows for more wood to impact the whisky.
Bottled at 48% abv this is a great addition to the Laphroaig core lineup.
On the nose it's definitely Laphroaig. That beautiful camp fire smell you'd expect with a little bit of the medicinal bandaid/iodine like aroma coming through.
On the palate it hides the 48% abv very well as there's surprisingly no sharp edges. It has plenty of smoke that makes way for a sweet mid palate and a very long finish that clings to the palate allowing you to taste it for what feels like hours after you finish.
This is a MUST TRY type of dram. The only reason I don't say must buy is because I realize, not everyone is a fan of peated Islay style whiskies...if you are a fan of peat, then this is a must buy.
BTW: This was my first time editing with this software. It's also only the 2nd video I ever edited on my own. I think this will be the program I stick with so I'm hoping I get faster at it so we can get back to uploaded 2 review videos a week.
Watch the full review below:
Last Saturday was the Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 229 fight so we didn't expect a whole lot of people to tune in for the live stream of 2 dudes talking about whiskey, but we had a good time anyway.
Swami from Malted in Montreal, a whiskey Youtube channel, invited Brolic Whiskey on as his SNL guest.
SNL=Saturday Night Live (stream).
Just Mike was stuck at work so it was just me. We had a good time joking around while having a few drams of whisky in a informal interview format.
You can catch the replay below.
Make sure to give Malted in Montreal a subscribe while you're there! #whiskeytube
It's been a hectic couple of weeks, but we finally uploaded a new review video on our Youtube channel for one of my personal favorites, Talisker 10.
The craziness of the past 2 weekes stemmed from the popularity of our Proper Twelve review, and then our giveaway taking time to make sure everything was accurately documented. We also created a T-Shirt shop here and finally, the biggest bummer, with my wife no longer being able to edit Brolic Whiskey videos due to her own schedule being full from commissioned paintings.
Sooooo...that left me to learn how to edit videos, downloading and trying a bunch of different programs to see which would be most user friendly for my limited experience, but alas, with the help of Hitfilm Express, I finally edited my first ever video. It took far longer than I care to admit for something so simple, but there may be many like it, but this one is mine :)
I still have one more editing program I'm going to try for our next review to see if that one is easier on me.
Talisker 10 is a Diageo owned product and has the distinction of being the only distillery from the Isle of Skye. This is a single malt Scotch whisky that has been aged a minimum of 10 years. It has a similar profile as Islay whiskies from the peat smoke, and maritime influence giving it a salty tone that is well balanced between sweet, smoke and salty. It's such an under-valued and under-appreciated dram. Definitely in my top 3 favorites.
Now we know, Mike and I don't always see eye to eye on our opinions on whisky, so will Mike like this one as much as I do?
Watch the video below to find out!
P.S. The picture is of our "Tripod" setup that we were laughing about at the end of the video.
#NoExcuses It gets the job done, but clearly we need to update equipment with microphones, better editing equipment and a damn tripod lol, so we'd greatly appreciate it if you became a Patreon supporter of our channel. You can se the different tier levels we offer on our Patreon page.
Talisker 10 review:
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.
Order your very own "Who the fook are those guys?" T-Shirt here:
Brolic Whiskey? Who the fook are those guys??
#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.
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 McGregor claims now, he wants his whiskey brand to be the number 1 whiskey in all of Ireland, 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?
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.
Get your own "Who the fook are those guys??" T-Shirt here: teespring.com/brolic-whiskey-who
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We actually do not endorse or recommend them in any way shape or form.
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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.
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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