For day 2 of Travel Exclusives Week we are taking a trip to the Netherlands!
Millstone 10 is a Dutch single malt whisky aged for a total of 10 years.
9 years being is re-fill American Oak and 1 year in new French Oak and then bottled at 40% abv.
The French Oak is going to pull out some spice notes, similar to when we reviewed the Glenlivet 15 French Oak.
Something unique about this whisky is that they use a windmill to slowly grind the barley. Which, according to Millstone, there's no increase in temperature so it preserves the aroma. They also use a longer fermentation period than most others, 5-7 days.
Watch the video review below to see what we think of this Dutch single malt.
We're kicking off Travel Exclusive Week with a review of a whisky from Taiwan.
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak, bottled at 54% abv.
This one came from a friend who brought it back from Japan. Since it was only a small 50ml sample size, I recorded this review solo.
The rest of the week I'll have my co-host back :)
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You can watch the Kavalan review below:
Starting tomorrow we will be uploading a review every day this week.
All the whiskies this week will be either a Travel retail exclusive or a whisky that isn't currently being exported to the U.S.
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The Springbank distillery is one of only 3 distilleries operating in the Campbeltown region of Scotland. It's owned by the Mitchell family and happens to be the oldest family-owned distillery in Scotland.
They still do every part of the process in-house. Craft distillery style yet producing enough to be distributed world wide. Respect for that. Springbank 10 was aged for 10 years and partially matured in ex-sherry casks.
This Springbank 10 single malt was actually my first Campbeltown Scotch I've ever tried. I was nervous to try it as I've heard many people refer to something called the "Springbank funk" but after trying it I didn't find anything funky about it. Granted, this was a bottle that was opened for many months before it was donated to the channel so oxidation could have played a factor in to what we were tasting.
While neither Mike or I were impressed with this bottle, we want to hear from you. Is there another Springbank whisky we should review sometime soon?
You can watch our video review of Springbank 10 below:
Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt Scotch whiskey consisting of 3 single malts from the Speyside region of Scotland.
These include: Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie which are are then vatted together and aged for up to 6 months before bottling.
One of it's selling points is the price. It can often be found for around $30 making it very budget friendly. Bottled at 43% abv it is often thought of as an "intro" or "beginner" Scotch whisky.
I always feel these terms are misnomers as taste is subjective, and also because I feel that lesser flavorful whisky shouldn't be thought of as a "beginner" whisky because it can turn people away if they don't like it making them think "well I tried a "intro" whisky and didn't like it so Scotch must not be for me". <Spoiler alert> This isn't one of my favorite whiskys so for me, if this was my first introduction to Scotch I may not have gotten into whiskey the way I have.
The name comes from an ailment that was prevalent during the old times of distilling, before automation and technology came about. Basically the old way of turning the barley was done by hand and the leaned over position caused the shoulder to be pained and sag, which people called "Monkey Shoulder". This is paying homage to the distillers of yesteryear.
Color: Honey like (colored with e150)
Nose: Sweet, vanilla
Taste: Mild but lightly sweet
Finish: Light mouthfeel and short in duration
My personal recommendation is to let it rest in your glass, preferably a Glencairn glass, for at least 10 minutes before drinking. It really brings out more flavor notes and makes this much sweeter and more palatable. Banana nut bread?
I reached out to Monkey Shoulder for an answer regarding the "Batch 27" but they have not given me an answer. If they ever decide to answer, which I doubt at this point, I'll update the post.
If you know the answer, please let me know.
You can view the video review below:
Game of Thrones and Diageo teamed up to release 9 different whiskies to represent one of the feuding families in the HBO series.
So far only one has been released: Johnnie Walker White Walker.
Thank you to Top Shelf Liquor in San Marcos for donating the bottle for us to review!
They should have a new online store going live pretty soon:
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This is a special blend put together for this release using 2 of Diageo's northern most distilleries: Cardhu and Clynellish for the bulk of the blend. This is chill filtered and bottled at 41.7% abv. The distiller aimed for this one to taste best when chilled in the freezer.
The bottle features a thermochromic ink that reveals a special message when it's ice cold. "Winter is here" It also reveals a lot more of the blue lines to show a shattered ice effect. The iconic Walking Man is donning the White Walker armor which I think looks pretty bad ass.
The other GoT whiskys to be released starting in November 2018 are:
House Tully - Singleton of Glendullan Select
House Stark - Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost
House Targaryen - Cardhu Gold Reserve
House Lannister - Lagavulin 9 year old <---OMG yes!
House Greyjoy - Talisker Select Reserve
House Baratheon - Royal Lochnagar 12 year old
House Tyrell - Clynellish Reserve
Night's Watch - Oban Bay reserve
For this video review of White Walker I was joined by the beautiful Wonder Woman.
We reviewed this four ways. Neat at room temperature, neat out of the freezer, diluted with a few drops of water and then finally over ice in a rocks glass.
You can watch the video below:
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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.
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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.
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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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