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:
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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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