Whiskey Noobs

By Chris Chapanar

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A podcast for whiskey lovers of all experience levels. Whiskey knowledge, tips, and tricks for beginners. Reviews, stories, and entertaining conversation for ALL whiskey lovers. From Bourbon to Scotch to Irish whiskey, and even some cocktails, this podcast covers it all. Learn how to drink whiskey and taste it properly, and review whiskeys along side the host and guests! Learn to Drink, Drink to Learn.

Episode Date
#92: Pros and Cons of Sourced Whiskey ft. Barrell Seagrass Review
30:05

What is Sourced whiskey? Is sourcing whiskey/bourbon good or bad? Dishonest? These are the sort of questions I respond to in this episode, alongside a review of one of my personal favorite sourced whiskeys, Barrell Seagrass. 

Jan 29, 2023
#91: Whiskey Questions No. 17
26:00

What is my favorite MGP bottle? What's the buzz with the new Jack Daniel's Bonded? Why use a whiskey decanter? These are just a few of the questions that I answer in this listener Q&A episode! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday (@Whiskey_Noobs). Cheers!

Jan 22, 2023
#90: Green Spot Irish Whiskey with Guest Noobs Bryce and Zack
51:17

I don't know if any Irish whiskey has been recommended to me quite as much as this one. Green Spot is a Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey aged in bourbon and sherry casks. Guest Noobs Zack and Bryce go through a very in depth review of this spirit with me, and we finally put to bed the question we've been asking for a few episodes now: Do you need to use a glencairn for whiskey?

Jan 15, 2023
#89: Types of Bourbon and Their Terms
36:10

Let's be honest: sometimes reading the label on a bottle of bourbon can be pretty confusing. For this episode, I put together a comprehensive breakdown of some of the main terms, words, and types associated with bourbon, such as high rye, wheated, wheater, small batch, single barrel, barrel proof, cask strength, etc. This episode is your one-stop shop for understanding the rules that determine every word on a label that reads "Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a High Rye Mashbill."

Jan 08, 2023
#88: Another Year of Whiskey Noobs ft. the Infinity Bottle
30:41

Happy New Year! 2022 held a lot of important milestones for the Whiskey Noobs Podcast, which (spoiler alert) is currently the NUMBER ONE hobby podcast in the USA on iTunes! (as of the typing of this description) During this review of the whiskey noobs infinity bottle, I walk through those milestones, and more importantly, I talk about what you can expect to see from the Whiskey Noobs social media channel in 2023

Jan 01, 2023
#87: Whiskey FAQ No. 16
44:24

What's the best whiskey in most stores under $40? What got me into whiskey? Is Pappy Van Winkle worth the hype? These are just a few of the questions that I answer in this listener Q&A episode! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday (@Whiskey_Noobs). Cheers!

Dec 25, 2022
#86: Penelope Barrel Strength Bourbon (vs WT Rare Breed)
28:37

Penelope Bourbon is a newer sourced brand that has been growing quite a bit in popularity. Many of you have asked for a review, so in this episode I not only do an in depth review, but I also do a quick comparison to Wild Turkey Rare Breed!

Dec 18, 2022
#85: Are Whiskey Notes Real Or Bogus?
32:07

Are whiskey reviewers such as myself truly tasting all of the things we say? Could it be the case that everyone's palate is so different that it isn't even worth discussing whisky notes? With a growing online debate about the reality of whiskey notes or flavors, I wanted to sit down and give my take, along with an example review of Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky.

Dec 11, 2022
#84: The Official Glass for Whisky? ft. Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
55:43

Have you ever wondered if Glencairns or other tulip shaped glasses truly help with the nose of a whiskey? In this episode, my guest, Zack, and I put that to the test with a blind nosing of our featured whisky. Finally, we give a full review of Glenlivet's Caribbean Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky and round out our thoughts on Glencairns versus rocks/lowball glasses

Nov 27, 2022
#83: Whiskey FAQ No. 15
36:49

Should whiskey be enjoyed on ice? What are the staples of bourbon that you should have? What is my hottest take in terms of bourbon?- these are just a few of the questions that I answer in this listener Q&A episode! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday (@Whiskey_Noobs). Cheers!

Nov 20, 2022
#82: Is it Bourbon? Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
26:10

Woodford Reserve double oaked is a bourbon that is taken out of it's barrel and placed into another brand new, charred oak barrel. In other words, it is "finished" in a second barrel. Does that make it a finished bourbon, or just a bourbon? I don't know, but it definitely makes it worth reviewing. 

Nov 13, 2022
#81: Darryl McNally, Limavady Irish Whiskey
45:34

When you think of Irish Whiskey, what do you think of? I had the pleasure of sitting down with Master Distiller Darryl McNally from Limavady Irish Whiskey and talking about how he wanted to challenge the current status quo with the world's first Single Barrel Irish Whiskey. This is one that you won't want to miss!

Nov 06, 2022
#80: Hallowhiskey Special ft Jim Beam Kentucky Fire
41:11

Happy Halloween! For this special Halloween episode of Whiskey Noobs, my guest, Justin, and I drink the scariest "whisky" known to man: Fireball. We compare it to Jim Beam's Kentucky Fire, and we talk about our favorite fall-time whiskeys

Oct 30, 2022
#79: Whiskey FAQ No. 14
49:35

The best whiskey for the money, my thoughts on Virginia's new allocated bourbon distribution system, and sharing expensive whiskey with noobs - these are just a few of the questions that I answer in this listener Q&A episode! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday (@Whiskey_Noobs). Cheers!

Oct 23, 2022
#78: Legent (Finished) Bourbon vs Angel’s Envy
29:32

Finished bourbon is certainly growing in popularity in modern bourbon culture. In this episode, I compare one of the relatively newer finished bourbons, Legent, to the OG: Angel's Envy. Legent is a unique blend of finished and unfinished bourbons from the Beam-Suntory distillery. Let's see how it stacks up to Angel's!

Oct 16, 2022
#77: Chris Fredrickson, Co-founder of Traverse City Whiskey Co
46:22

Traverse City Whiskey Company is an up-and-coming distillery in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula. In this episode, Co-Founder Chris Fredrickson walks us through his experience with whiskey, starting the company, and their lineup of whiskeys. Come listen to a review of "the whiskey of the North" with one of its creators!

Oct 09, 2022
#76: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Review (vs WT101)
33:02

Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a barrel proof selection from Wild Turkey that contains older, higher proof bourbon than Wild Turkey 101. It also happens to be about double the price of 101. In this in-depth review (and side by side tasting), I talk about the difference in price and profile between these two whiskeys

Oct 02, 2022
#75: Whiskey FAQ No. 13
39:50

Cleaning tips for glencairns, my top 3 mid range whiskeys/bourbon, and a review of Rich & Rare blended Canadian Whiskey - these are just a few of the questions that I answer in this listener Q&A episode! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday (@Whiskey_Noobs). Cheers!

Sep 25, 2022
#74: How to do a Whiskey Tasting ft. Wyoming Whiskey
31:31

Have you ever asked, "What exactly is the process of doing a whiskey tasting?" In this episode, I walk step by step through how I typically go about tasting a whiskey while reviewing Wyoming Whiskey's Small Batch Bourbon! Thanks to the listener who requested this unique bourbon whiskey!

Sep 18, 2022
#73: The Best Old Fashioned ft BOTW
30:27

If whiskey isn't sweet enough for you, an old fashioned cocktail is a great first step to get into the whiskey world. In this episode, I review what is probably the best old fashioned I have ever had, courtesy of Chris from Bourbon of the Week, and we talk all things bourbon and old-fashioneds

 

Make sure to check out Chris's channel, Bourbon of the Week, on Youtube, and find him on Instagram and Tiktok @BourbonoftheWeek

Sep 11, 2022
#72: Tenjaku Japanese Whisky
26:29

Another Japanese whisky! Tenjaku is nearly the same price as Suntory Whisky Toki, but how do they compare? In this episode, I do an in depth review of Tenjaku and compare it to Toki.

Sep 04, 2022
#71: Whiskey FAQ No. 12
31:58

In this episode I answer common whiskey questions submitted to me by listeners! If you'd like to have a question answered about whiskey, the podcast, or just my life/opinions/etc, you can submit it through my Instagram Story every Wednesday. Cheers!

Aug 28, 2022
#70: TX Blended Whiskey Review
26:08

TX blended whiskey is made by Firestone & Robertson and is a blend of Bourbon and other whiskeys, which creates a unique profile. Based on a listener request, this episode takes a deep dive into the flavor profile of TX. 

Aug 21, 2022
#69: The Types of W. L. Weller Wheated Bourbon
31:54

W. L. Weller is known as the original wheated bourbon. Over time, it has grown from a run-of-the-mill middle shelf bourbon into an allocated unicorn whiskey for many people. In this episode, I give my review of each whiskey in the Weller line up and talk a bit about what makes them so popular.

Aug 14, 2022
#68: Bunnahabhain 12 year ft. Armchair Whisky
39:58

In this collaboration episode with Armchair Whisky, we review one of their recommendations for scotch: Bunnahabhain 12 year old. This is an Islay Scotch that is NOT peated - you won't want to miss it. 

 

Find Armchair Whisky on Instagram and Twitter @ArmchairWhisky

Aug 07, 2022
#67: Whiskey FAQ No. 11
41:26

In this "whiskey frequently asked questions" episode, I answer questions from you, the listener! From my opinion on Blanton's to my proof preference to the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, I answer them all. Submit your own questions to my story sticker on Instagram every Wednesday!

Jul 31, 2022
#66: Ardbeg 10 Year Old Review (vs. Laphroaig)
27:13

Ardbeg 10 year is one of the most popular Islay scotches that I've come across. Many people have either emailed or commented on my social media to ask me to try it, so we finally are! If you want an in depth review of this peaty Islay scotch, look no further. I also compare it to Laphroaig 10 year in order to draw some conclusions about the differences between the two.

Jul 24, 2022
#65: Is the Neck Pour of Whiskey Real?
25:37

If you've heard of the "neck pour", or the first glass out of a new bottle of whiskey which is supposed to taste bad, then you've probably wondered if it is real or not. In this episode, I put that to the test, along with the age old question, Will whiskey go bad if it sits on my shelf too long? I do a blind comparison of a brand new bottle, a very old bottle, and a few month old bottle of Buffalo Trace in order to test these questions.

Jul 15, 2022
#64: Whiskey Palate Cleansers ft. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
44:50

If you want to drink whiskey, but your palate has been burned out by a different flavor, how can you cleanse your palate? In this episode, my guest, Justin and I try out a couple of palate cleansers to see if they work. We also do a full review of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, before using Laphroaig 10 year to ruin our palates, and then a couple of cleansers to try to bring it back.

Jul 10, 2022
#63: How to Start a Whiskey Collection
28:45

How do you start a whiskey collection in the most effective, financially responsible way possible? In this episode, I give my best tips for starting a whiskey collection without breaking the bank.

Jul 03, 2022
#62: How to avoid Whiskey Burn ft Weller SR
32:38

Do you want to like whiskey, but it burns too much? In this episode, my guest, Bryce, and I try a new tip for avoiding the whiskey burn. This is an effective way to help newer drinkers enjoy a glass of whiskey without it just tasting like burn. We also do a full review of Weller Special Reserve, on of my favorite budget bourbons.

Jun 26, 2022
#61: Whiskey FAQ No.10
31:32

Whiskey Frequently Asked Questions Number 10 - where I answer listener questions! These questions are submitted to me via Instagram, @whiskey_noobs, where I post a question sticker on my story every Wednesday. Thanks to all who submitted questions!

Jun 19, 2022
#60: Single Malt vs Blended Scotch Whisky
28:52

What is the difference between a single malt and a blended scotch whisky? In this episode, I not only answer that question, but also do a side by side tasting of a single malt (Glenfiddich 12yr) and a blend (Chivas Regal 12yr)

Jun 12, 2022
#59: What is a Whiskey’s ”Finish”?
20:34

What does it mean for a whiskey to be "finished"? In this episode, we take a deep dive into what a finish is, and all of the different types, such as wine finish, sherry finish, etc.

Jun 05, 2022
#58: Pike Creek Whisky with the Whiskey Chasers Podcast
32:20

In this collaboration episode with the Whiskey Chasers Podcast, we review Pike Creek Canadian Whisky. Whiskey Chasers Podcast was brought about by 3 friends who started a whiskey club! Our goal is to share our love of history and the distilleries that bring us the whiskeys we love!  To hear stories behind the bottles you love, tune in to the Whiskey Chasers Podcast!

 

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May 29, 2022
#57: Whiskey FAQ No. 9
40:56

More listener questions! In this episode, I answer questions brought to me by you, the listener. If you'd like to submit a question for the next episode, you can submit it through my Instagram story every Wednesday, @whiskey_noobs 

May 22, 2022
#56: Finished Bourbons ft. Angel’s Envy
30:33

Have you ever wondered what it means for a bourbon to be "finished"? Is finished bourbon different from normal bourbon? In this episode we answer those questions and review one of the first great finished bourbons, Angel's Envy. 

May 15, 2022
#55: Anniversary Episode: How to Drink Whiskey
36:04

Can you believe it has been a whole year of Whiskey Noobs? In this episode, I talk a bit about where we've been and where we're headed. For those who are newer to the show, I once again discuss my favorite tips and tricks for how to begin drinking whiskey and tasting flavor notes, as well as why we drink whiskey.

May 08, 2022
#54: Highland vs Lowland Scotch ft. Auchentoshan
49:27

What is the difference between scotch from the highland region of Scotland and that from the lowland region? In this episode, my guest, Zack, and I find out by comparing Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt, our first lowland scotch, to Glenmorangie 10 year.

May 01, 2022
#53: Whiskey FAQ No. 8
34:59

In this eighth installment of our Whiskey FAQ, I answer questions sent to me by you, the listener! If you have a question that you want me to answer, you can submit it through my Instagram story every Wednesday @whiskey_noobs.

Apr 24, 2022
#52: The Best Budget Bourbon
34:51

What's the best bourbon for under 30 dollars? In this episode, my guest, Justin, and I review Larceny Small Batch Bourbon which was the winner of my 2022 Budget Bourbon March Madness. For a little spin on a normal review, we pair it with bourbon flavored chicken wings to see how it affects the palate!

Apr 17, 2022
#51: Objective vs Subjective Whiskey Reviews
25:19

When we review a whiskey (or really any item), there are two ways to look at it: objectively and subjectively. In this episode, I explain the differences between these types of reviews, and I discuss how to to recognize if a whiskey review is objective or subjective.

Apr 10, 2022
#50: Wheat Whiskey ft. Middle West Spirits
24:08

We've had Rye, Barley, and Corn, but we've never had a whiskey that uses wheat as it's main ingredient! This episode is our first taste of a straight wheat whiskey from Middle West Spirits. 

Apr 03, 2022
#49: Whiskey FAQ No. 7
33:29

Whiskey Frequently Asked Questions Number 7! If you'd like to submit a question, reply to the question sticker on my Instagram story every Wednesday (@whiskey_noobs).

Mar 27, 2022
#48: Whiskey Glass Shapes ft. Aberlour 12 year
36:38

Why do whiskey drinkers use the weirdly shaped glasses? In this episode, Justin and I put that to the test by reviewing Aberlour 12 year Single Malt Scotch Whisky in both a glencairn (tulip shape) and a rocks/lowball glass. 

Mar 20, 2022
#47: What’s the Deal with Buffalo Trace?
27:37

If you've been listening for a while, you know I like Buffalo Trace. You may have also heard some of the folks who very much dislike it. In this episode, I discuss both sides of this debate!

Mar 13, 2022
#46: The Oldest Distillery ft. Bushmills Black Bush
22:01

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! In this episode, we review an Irish whiskey from the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world: Bushmills. I also walk through some facts and history about the Bushmills Distillery. If you are on the fence about what whiskey to get for St. Patty's, listen to this Bushmills Black Bush Review!

Mar 06, 2022
#45: Whiskey FAQ No. 6
39:08

In this sixth installment of the whiskey FAQ episodes, I answer questions from listeners just like you! If you have a question that you'd like me to answer, you can submit it to my Instagram story on Wednesdays, @whiskey_noobs. Thanks to all who participated! 

Feb 27, 2022
#44: The Battle of the Blends
40:35

In this "Battle of the Blends" episode, my guest, Zack and I compare two of the most popular blended scotches, Johnnie Walker Black Label vs Chivas Regal 12 year. These are two fantastic blends at this price range, so listen to hear more about these mid shelf Scotches!

Feb 20, 2022
#43: My Whiskey Journey So Far
27:25

It occurred to me that it may be important for you guys to know my experience with whiskey, given that you're listening to me talk about it every week! In this episode I walk through my journey from hating whiskey to loving it, and explain some of the important lessons that I learned along the way.

Feb 13, 2022
#42: Balcones Texas Single Malt
35:21

Single Malt Whisky is very common to Scotland, Ireland, and Japan. In recent years, it has become more popular in the United States as well. In this episode, my guest, Justin, and I do a full review of Balcones Texas Single Malt, a single malt whisky similar to a scotch, but made right here in the US.

Feb 06, 2022
#41: Whiskey FAQ No.5
36:10

This episode is the 5th whiskey FAQ episode, where I answer questions submitted by you, the listener. Thanks to all who submitted questions! If you'd like to have your question on the show, make sure you're following our Instagram @whiskey_noobs 

Jan 30, 2022
#40: Going into a Liquor Store Blind
25:07

Have you ever been in a liquor store, knowing that you want to try a new whiskey, but with no clue what to get? This episode is for you. I walk through my best tips for making sure your liquor store purchase is worth every penny.

Jan 23, 2022
#39: Whiskey vs Cigars
39:12

If you've been around the hobby of whiskey drinking long enough, then you know that the most common cross over hobby is cigars. The two types of tastings are often grouped together, and in this episode my guest, Bryce and I discuss the similarities and differences between them. 

Jan 16, 2022
#38: What gives Whiskey its Flavor?
31:23

We always hear people talk about the flavors, or "notes," that whiskey has, but where do they come from? In this episode, I walk through the most common factors that a distiller will look at when creating a whisky in order to create the perfect flavor profile.

Jan 09, 2022
#37: What is Dry January?
26:19

What is Dry January? Similar to Sober October, Dry January is just a term for taking a break from alcohol during the month of January. I am going to be participating in Dry January this year, as a way to remind myself not to take the hobby of drinking whiskey for granted! In this episode, I explain the benefits of this break.

Jan 02, 2022
#36: Whiskey FAQ No. 4
49:17

In this episode of Whiskey Noobs, I answer more of our listener's questions! We had more questions than we've ever had in this episode, so listen to hear yours answered! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dec 26, 2021
#35: Brother‘s Bond Bourbon Review
30:12

In this episode, I do a full review of Brother's Bond Bourbon. This bourbon was created by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, who you may recognize from the TV show the Vampire Diaries! This whiskey was quite the rollercoaster over the course of the review, so listen in to see if you should buy it! 

Dec 19, 2021
#34: How to Pick Whiskey as a Gift
33:16

Are you looking for advice on how to get a whiskey lover a gift for Christmas? Are you a whiskey lover looking for ideas for your list? Look no further! In this episode, I talk all about the best tips that I have for buying whisky as a present

Dec 12, 2021
#33: Neat vs On the Rocks ft Pendleton Whisky
35:44

Is whiskey truly meant to be drank with ice? In this episode, Bryce and I try to answer that question. We sit down and do a full review of Pendleton Whisky both neat and on ice to compare the two experiences. 

Dec 05, 2021
#32: The Best Whiskeys: Listener Favorites
39:15

This episode is dedicated to you, the listener. I asked my Instagram followers for their favorite whiskeys that we hadn't had on the show yet, and in this episode I share them with you! My hope is that this episode can help some of you to find a new favorite of your own. Thanks to all who submitted whiskeys!

Nov 28, 2021
#31: Glenfiddich 12 Year Scotch vs Suntory Whisky Toki
29:59

Does Japanese Whisky taste like Scotch Whisky? In this episode, I put that to the test by comparing Glenfiddich 12 year Scotch to Suntory Whisky Toki. Hear a full review of the Glenfiddich before comparing the two. 

Nov 21, 2021
#30: Q&A 3.0
35:54

In the third installment of the Whiskey Noobs "Q&A" Episodes, I answer your questions. A special thanks goes out to everyone who asked a question!

Question list:

  1. Would love to hear a review on Brothers Bond Bourbon
  2. How good are whiskey stones?
  3. Thoughts on Pendleton whiskey?
  4. Best whiskeys when you’re ballin’ on a budget?
  5. Best ideas for whiskey and cigar pairings?
  6. If you created your own whiskey, what would you name it?
  7. What’s a good whiskey to try for someone whos’ never had it before?
  8. An alcohol or whiskey that makes you sick even just to smell it
  9. Best value for the money bourbon
  10. When are you going to make Zack a full-time cohost?
Nov 14, 2021
#29: Food Pairings with Bulleit Bourbon
53:20

How can eating food along side a good whiskey affect the way the whiskey tastes? How can you decide a food pairing for a whiskey? In this episode, my guest, Justin, and I eat hot wings while reviewing Bulleit Bourbon in order to answer those questions!

Nov 07, 2021
#28: Whiskey Ghost Stories
26:39

Happy Halloween! In the spirit of Halloween, a we are going to talk about a different type of spirits than usual: ghosts! Sit back and enjoy a few of my favorite whiskey based ghost stories in this special Halloween episode.

Oct 31, 2021
#27: Why Add Water to Whiskey? ft. Wild Turkey 101
47:53

Why do people add water to whiskey? Do you need to add water to experience whiskey properly? Does a water droplet truly open up a whiskey? These are the burning questions that my guest, Zack, and I set out to answer in this episode. We review Wild Turkey 101 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from beginning to end, both before and after adding droplets of water to it. 

Oct 24, 2021
#26: The Best Fall Drinks (with whiskey)
35:29

What are some of the best whiskey-based mixed drinks that you can make for this coming Halloween, and just fall in general? This episode is dedicated to a few of those drinks. My guest, Bryce, and I taste multiple different whisky-based fall mixed drinks and give a quick review!

Oct 17, 2021
#25: Listener Q&A and Mystery Whiskey Review
28:53

In the second "Q&A" Episode for the show, I go through and answer a few more of your guys' questions! As always in a non-review episode, I taste a mystery whiskey to see if you can guess what it is!

This week's questions:

1) Do you ever get burned out from podcasting/drinking?

2) Do you miss Applebee's?

3) What is your favorite thing to drink besides whiskey?

4) Mixed shots/cocktails made with Crown Royal Apple?

5) Thoughts on Skrewball?

6) What does a good whiskey/bourbon mean to you?

Oct 10, 2021
#24: Suntory Whisky Toki Review
24:49

This very special episode features our FIRST Japanese Whisky to be reviewed on the show - Suntory Whisky Toki! What does Japanese Whisky taste like? Listen to find out! 

Oct 03, 2021
#23 - How to Order Whiskey at a Bar
29:07

Have you ever been at a bar and thought way too hard about how to order your drink? This episode is for you. Listen as I break down most of the ways that you could order whiskey at a bar, and what you can expect to receive once you order it. From neat whiskey to chasers, and cocktails to mixed drinks, this episode has it all!

Sep 26, 2021
#22: Finding Your Whiskey Palate
50:18

Have you ever tried a whiskey that someone else recommended and thought "How could they like this, it's terrible?!". That's because everyone has a different palate for whiskey. In this episode, my guest, Justin, and I drink five different whiskeys in order to find his palate. We try Jameson Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky, Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey, and Laphroaig Scotch Whisky. Listen along and try these whiskeys at home to get an idea of your own palate for whiskey!

Sep 19, 2021
#21: Why Swirl Your Whiskey?
25:10

Have you ever wondered why people hold their whiskey glass up to the light and look at it, or why people swirl the whiskey around in the glass? I explain all of that in this episode, with a bonus story about why we measure alcohol content by "proof"!

Sep 12, 2021
#20: Crown Royal vs. Crown Royal Apple
55:01

The battle of a lifetime: NORMAL whiskey vs. FLAVORED whiskey. What does the spirit gain through the flavoring process? What does it lose? This is the topic of discussion when my guest, Zack, and I compare Crown Royal Canadian Whisky to its apple flavored counterpart.

Sep 05, 2021
#19: Does Eating Affect Your Palate for Whiskey?
31:35

In this episode, I test the age old theory that eating food can change the notes and flavors that you get from whiskey. Will it work? Listen to find out!

Aug 29, 2021
#18: Four Roses Bourbon vs. Four Roses Single Barrel
23:47

In this episode, my guest, Luke, and I review Four Roses Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and compare to it's single barrel counterpart. We also discuss what makes single barrel whiskey different from normal whiskey. 

 

P.S. The recording issue has been fixed. Cause: a crappy SD card

Aug 22, 2021
#17: Listener Questions
22:14

In this episode, I answer questions submitted by you, the listeners! If you'd like to have your question answered on the show, either message/comment on the Instagram page, @Whiskey_Noobs, or send an email to whiskeynoobspodcast@gmail.com. Your question will be in a coming episode!

 

Questions:

1) What is the difference between Irish Single Malt and Single Pot Still Whiskey?

 

2) If you could only drink one whiskey for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

3) What is your favorite Canadian Whisky?

 

4) What is the purpose of the big ice cubes in whiskey, instead of normal ice?

 

5) What is your favorite whiskey to make an old fashioned with?

Aug 15, 2021
#16: Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
42:25

In this episode, my guest, Bryce, and I review Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. As a bit of an experiment, we try smelling the most prominent flavor notes (an actual orange, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract) in order to see if it helps us better pull the flavors from the whiskey. Finally, we conclude by ranking Monkey Shoulder among the other whiskeys that Bryce has had on the show.

Aug 08, 2021
#15: What is an Infinity Bottle?
26:44

In this episode, we start up our very own Whiskey Noobs Infinity Bottle! I explain what an infinity bottle is, and then recap the first 14 episodes of the show as we add the whiskey from each of these episodes to the bottle.

Aug 01, 2021
#14: Basil Hayden's 10 Year Rye Review
27:30

In this episode, I go through a full review of Basil Hayden's Rye Whiskey, aged 10 years. If you are considering getting into Rye, this is the episode for you.

Jul 25, 2021
#13: Canadian and Japanese Whiskies
21:13

In this episode, we talk about Canadian and Japanese whisky. This topic rounds off the types of whiskey that we have been going over the past few months. We go into detail about a few of the things that make Canadian and Japanese whiskies unique, and end the episode by discussing the malting process as well as a few notes on the types of whiskey.

Jul 18, 2021
#12: Top Shelf vs Bottom Shelf Whiskey
51:02

In this episode, my guest, Zack, and I discuss the differences between top and bottom shelf whiskeys. What differences can you expect in flavor notes, nose, and mouth feel by paying more for your whiskey? Listen to this episode to find out! In the process, we do a full review of the flavor notes of Benchmark 8, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon.

Jul 11, 2021
#11: Irish Whiskey - The First Whiskey
22:58

Where did whiskey first start? In this episode, I begin by discussing the first written accounts of whiskey. Then, I talk about Irish Whiskey, and what criteria it has to meet. From Single Pot Still to blended whiskeys, we go over all of the types and subcategories of Irish Whiskey. Finally, I talk about what flavor profiles you can expect from this wonderful category of whiskey.

Jul 04, 2021
Mini-Episode: Updates on the Whiskey Noobs Podcast
03:31

In this quick mini-episode, I share a few updates on the Whiskey Noobs Podcast. How it's been going, and what is to come! Thank you all for being awesome listeners! See you next week!

 

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Jun 27, 2021
#10: Islay vs Highland Scotch Review
49:37

In this episode, my guests, Will and Tyler of the Viewer Regression Advised Podcast, review two single malt scotches with me. These whiskies are from different regions of Scotland, giving them very different flavor profiles. We get to see the vast difference between a peated Islay Scotch and a Highland Scotch whisky. Finally, we review Glenmorangie 10 year and Laphroaig 10 year single malt scotch whiskies. 

Jun 20, 2021
#9: What is Scotch Whisky?
26:12

In this episode, I discuss all things scotch whisky. The regions of Scotland, the flavor notes that you can expect from scotch, why it isn't spelled whiskey, and what is necessary to be considered a Scotch whisky. 

Jun 13, 2021
#8: The BEST Beginner Bourbon
43:43

In this episode, my guests, Bryce and Autumn, review my favorite beginner bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. We do a full review, and I walk through the elements of a good beginner bourbon. Finally, we round it out with a quick "Dr. Pepper Tasting" and discuss their thoughts on drinking Buffalo Trace as beginners.

Jun 06, 2021
#7: Bourbon and American Whiskey
26:42

What is Bourbon? How is Bourbon different from just American Whiskey? What are the kinds of American Whiskey? Why isn't Jack Daniel's the best Bourbon? These are all questions that are answered in this episode of Whiskey Noobs! 

May 30, 2021
#6: Using Flavor Note Lists - Redbreast 12 year Review
47:01

In this episode, my guest, Zack, and I go through the practice of using flavor note lists/wheels to help improve our reviewing skills. We do a full, three part review of Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey, from nose to palate to finish.  Don't forget, if you want to hear about the month's whiskeys before the episodes air so that you can buy them for yourself, send an email with a subject "Email List" to whiskeynoobspodcast@gmail.com!

May 23, 2021
#5: Types of Whiskey and How They're Made
17:27

How is whiskey made? In this episode, I briefly go over the main types of whiskey (Bourbon, Scotch, Irish Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, and others), which will each be covered in their own upcoming episodes. Then, I walk through the major parts of the distillation process, and discuss the elements that typically have the most impact on a whiskey's flavor.  

May 16, 2021
#4: Tullamore Dew vs. Russell's Reserve 10 year Review/Comparison
40:31

In this review episode, I show my guest, Bryce, one of my favorite tricks for learning how to taste whiskey. We take two different whiskeys and compare them, to see just how large of a range of flavors whiskey can have. Finally, we review both the Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and the Russell's Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This episode is great for beginners and experienced drinkers alike. Even multiple years into the hobby, I still use this tip often.

May 09, 2021
#3: How to Taste Whiskey (Tips/Tricks)
26:28

In this episode, I go through the process that I personally use to taste whiskey. This is the best way that I have found to review a glass of your favorite Bourbon, Scotch, or other whiskey. I also run through some tips and tricks that have helped me pull out more flavors and improve my ability to review whiskey. There are some tips in here that I think even the more experienced whiskey drinkers find helpful, so be sure to listen!

Apr 30, 2021
#2: How to Drink Straight Whiskey - Rebel Bourbon Review
52:34

In this episode, my guest, Justin, learns how to drink whiskey without it burning. This is my favorite tip for people who are trying to acquire the taste of whiskey, so I wanted to walk through it in an episode. Throughout the process, Justin asks many questions that beginners often have about the hobby. In the end, we both go through a review of Rebel Bourbon (AKA Rebel Yell Bourbon).

Apr 30, 2021
#1: Why Drink Whiskey?
13:42

In this introductory episode, I talk about the show and what you can expect from it, and then spend some time talking about why people typically get involved in the hobby of drinking whiskey. If you're new to whiskey and curious as to why people like it so much, this is for you! If you've been a whiskey lover for a long time and just want to know what this podcast is all about, then this is for you, too!

Apr 30, 2021
TRAILER: The Whiskey Noobs Podcast
01:01

The official trailer for the Whiskey Noobs podcast. Whiskey knowledge, tips, and tricks for beginners. Reviews, stories, and entertaining conversation for ALL whiskey lovers. This podcast is made for whiskey lovers of all experience levels, so make sure to check it out! Learn to Drink, Drink to Learn.

Apr 28, 2021