We're back for another episode of our mystery whiskey review series: Brown Bag Special.
To keep things simple for those who don't know, BBS is where Just Mike goes out and buys a whiskey from any price range he decides on (including bottom shelf) without telling me anything about it and we review it without unveiling what it is, or what it costs, until the end of the video.
If you want to read about what we reviewed, without watching the video, read below. (after the video)
Ok, so if you want to know what we revealed in the video here it is:
John Barr Blended Scotch!
Just Mike said he paid around $25 after taxes on this one.
Off camera he said it was purchased at Sidewalk Spirits in Vista.
Based off the nose alone I thought this was a bottom shelf or well whiskey. It wasn't pleasant, very grain heavy with a harsh alcohol smell.
Surprisingly it didn't taste any where near as bad as the nose. Granted, it's not enjoyable, it's just that I expected a harsh flavor. John Barr has a very slight sweetness and a very quick finish.
I think this is best as a party whisky (read: shots) or a cocktail mixer. It's not a good sipping whisky at all.
I would pass on this one, yet Mike says he likes this more than Johnnie Walker Black. To each their own, but I think he's nuts.
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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