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:
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.
Glencairn Glass set
Sample Size Bottles
Angels Share dropper set
A Must-Own Book
Whiskey Advocate Magazine