For those not in the know, MB in this situation stands for Magnificent Bastards. This was my first time going to the meeting of the SoCal MBs. Although i have met 3 of the guys at other events. A Magnificent Bastard is a term of endearment of those who follow the Whiskey Vault and/or The Whiskey Tribe. I was looking forward to meeting the rest of the boys from this segment of the Tribe as we've been chatting through Facebook for a long time.
At these meet ups we all bring a bottle (or a few) for everyone to taste.
This time, Chef Jimmy also brought some special dry aged steaks. He had 45 day dry aged New York steaks and 60 day Jack Daniels whiskey aged Rib-eye steaks. Check out the pictures at the bottom of this post for his handy work.
The meetup was at Jonathan's house in Newport Beach. He lives in a gated community with a security guard out front. Once you pull up to his house in the cul-de-sac you see a beautiful home with brick stairs leading to the house, the door was open for us to walk right in. Once you go through the front door you're in a great entry room with spiraled stairs leading to the upstairs area, and I believe, marble tiled floors. I can hear some of the other boys talking so I followed the voices into the kitchen. A damn impressive kitchen indeed. Viking Fridge, gas stove with a copper hood, big center island, and lots of windows with views of the in-ground pool and hot tub in the backyard. Already here is Pedram, Jon, Jimmy and Baylee the chocolate lab. Chris and his wife Elizabeth came and brought their dog, Abe. Richie and Aaron B came with arms full of bottles then we were later joined by Aaron A who brought plenty of bottles and empty sample bottles so we can take some samples home.
The plan was to try to limit the amount of bottles we brought and try to stay themed, but that only lasted a short while. As for the Bourbon (and American) line up we had: Black Feather, WT101, MB Roland, Michter's American, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Willet Family Reserve, O.K.I., E.H. Taylor 4 Grain, Smooth Ambler Big Level, Russel Reserve, Bell Meade Single Barrel, 4 Roses Single Barrel OBSF Hi-Times pick, and Joseph Magnus
Islay (and Island + misc) bottles were: Laphroaig 10, Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength, Battlehill 4 year Bunnahabhain, Cadenhead Single Cask 23 year, Peat Monster Cask Strength, Talisker 10 and I'm probably missing a few others since more kept coming out somehow.
The steaks were remarkable! Chef Jimmy really hooked us up. Check out the pictures to see the before and after on the steaks, they're like a work of art.
These types of meet ups are always fun when you have good company. We have a great bunch of guys who get a long well and we had some good laughs and conversation while getting to try new whiskies together. I have to thank Jon and his wife, Jaime, for being such gracious hosts to allow this meet up to happen. Thank you to Chef Jimmy for the phenomenal steaks, and all the other Magnificent Bastards for bringing whiskies for us all to enjoy. Whiskey has become more than a hobby, it has become a catalyst to making new friends and allowing new experiences and for that I'm grateful. I look forward to future meet ups with the MBs and I encourage you to continue to follow the journey with me.
Since we've all met through a particular group (The Whiskey Tribe) I feel it's only fitting to end this with the outro they use:
"If you fight, may you fight for a friend.
If you steal, may you steal a lovers heart.
And if you drink....may you drink with us!"
You can listen to my breakdown in the podcast episode 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