Ep 186: Ardbeg Dark Cove Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review and Tasting

Today we do a review and tasting of Ardbeg Dark Cove single malt scotch whisky.

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Areg Grigoryan says:

Hey , love your content , would like you to try Method and Madness Single Malt Bourbon and Sherry barrels , amazing Irish , thanks as always

Jake Holz says:

Can you guys review Tomatin 12, also bring back the dad jokes c’mon man

Thomas Gaudreau says:

I’m having trouble finding your Talisker section.

Niggaboo Wobbachops says:

Could you do a review of an Irish whiskey called Middleton Very Rare, over here in the UK it’s expensive as fuck at over £150:00 a bottle and would love to know if it’s worth buying.

Jerad Bradley says:

I enjoy your videos, I use it as, more or less, a bench mark of whisky reviews. I would like to see a review of Maker’s Mark… There are plenty on the web but I’m sure they would not be as entertaining as yours. Please and thank you…

Themightyinvader says:

Wow this channel is blowing up.

Brian Den Ouden says:

Sorry Rex, but im on Daniel’s side of the biscuits war.
for the livestream : Old Pulteney 12 The Dalmore 12Ben Nevis 10Highland park 12Talisker Port Ruighe

Lorensoth3 says:

Hi guys, I am new to the channel and have been watching your videos nonstop. I’ve got a question about a gift for my father, his birthday is in November and he is a huge fan of Laphroaig. I’d heard about something called Laphroaig 15 but it looks like there isn’t any way I could get or afford a bottle of it (did you two ever get a chance to try it?). What I’d like to know is if there is another type of Laphroaig I could get him that he would enjoy as much or more than the original. Thank you in advance. Cheers!

antiwashere says:

f*ck ya the mooch is 100% right short bread cookies are amazing but biscuits are an amazing and rex wins

No Name says:

Have you guys tried the new Ardbeg An Oa?

AtlasZero13 says:

So many great whiskeys you guys review , such a great community of drinkers we have. Can we just Come out and say that fireball should not be considered a whiskey ??

Pat Kennedy says:

you guys should do an Aussie whiskey! keen to hear what you think of starward!

azarieal says:

Hey Rex what ever happened to the whiskey progression video? In the Black Label/Black bottle video you mentioned it but haven’t seen anything since.

Keith Albers says:

I am now on the Mooch Team… Daniel you were not born in England so there for it is a COOKIE. Regardless of where your name originates you were born in Texas and we dont call cookies buscuits.

Craig Martin says:

Review cardhu gold reserve. Currently drinking it and oh my. What a dram it is. Sweet and smooth.

Holcombi says:

Rex, get your shit together. Daniel is right about what a biscuit is. Representing the great state of Ohio here #TeamBiscuit

Maltman Mike & Friend's Show says:

What a bloody great whisky Dark Cove was! Tried a good few at the distillery last month. Loved it 🙂

DracoRogue1218 says:

“Single malt Bourbon”
“Vegan Meatloaf”
“Shotgun Silencer”
What do all of these have in common?

They make absolutely no sense, yet they exist

Chad Stewart says:

Don’t worry Daniel I grew up in Texas, have never been to Europe and I still understood which biscuit you were referring to unlike some people

greenley77 says:

The limerick is callous and crude,
Its morals distressingly lewd.
Its not worth the reading
By persons of breeding;
Its designed for us vulgar and rude.

Steve M says:

Usually I want the Mooch to shut up and let the Somm speak, but ths is ‘Murica man, biscuits aint a damn cookie.

1. Elijah Craig
2. Angel’s Envy
3. Four Roses Single Barrel
4. Ardbeg 10
5. Jameson Caskmates
Bonus whisky: any Macallan

sigghh says:

Will you guys be doing an episode on Jura, and if so would it be of each version they make or just the original?

bassviathan45 says:

Your biscuit argument kinda proves one of your primary rules of whiskey which is that all the flavors you enjoy are subjective and that the power of suggestion has a huge influence on the flavors you experience. Rex, whenever Daniel said “biscuits” you thought he meant like southern biscuits and butter with honey, and if I recall, you usually agreed with him in that flavor profile. The whole time he was tasting an entirely different thing… so like… does it really matter? But also. ‘Murica. Southern biscuits all the way. Daniel, you have a real funny way of saying cookies…

Fishpig65 says:

Is it just me or does it take about 1/2 a bottle (not all at once), to really grasp the taste. Monkey shoulder, I thought was so-so at first, now it just hits the mark.

James Dellinger says:

Daniel I knew what you meant by biscuit. But Rex you are right this is AMERIKA and there is only one biscuit

Roy & Tempest Mason says:

Richocet Biscuit – You’re both wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYyBZE0kBtE

Jeff Morris says:

Have you all ever done Dimple Pinch? I didn’t see it when I searched and it is a go to of many people I know.

Thwip_Snikt says:

I know you guys already have a request list that’ll last you until the heat death of the universe, but you should still try out Shieldaig’s 18 year Speyside.

Story time! So I was at Total Wine yesterday, and after staring at the shelf for awhile and feeling my usual trepidation about dropping 50 bones on a bottle I haven’t tried, I just settled on a bottle of Aberlour, which is a fine whiskey, but one I’ve had plenty of in my life. An employee there clearly has psychic powers to rival Charles Xavier, because he stopped me while I was reaching for it and said “Give up on trying to find something new?” He then proceeded to direct me to a $47 18 year old Speyside called “Shieldaig”. In response to my undoubtedly dubious expression, he explained that it’s so cheap because it is a Total Wine exclusive because of shipping fees and yadda yadda (I tuned out pretty quickly) but then perked up when he said I could try a sample. Never one to turn down free stuff, I obliged. I gave it a shot and, surprisingly, I actually liked it enough to buy the bottle. It’s not incredibly complex, but for something to sit and sip on without putting too much thought into it, it’s pretty damn good.

Adam Gangl says:

So going back to an old video, where it was recommended to do a blend of Henry Mckenna 10 and Glenlivet 12. It has become a favorite. Ive been prefering this even over Angels Envy. My next planned purchase is Michters American, but Im wondering if there is anything similar to the Mckenna/Livet blend that I should try first?

Bertie Van Eeden says:

You guys should try south African whiskey

Jake says:

You guys ever tried Hennessy?

Peter Schumacher says:

Ok, I looked up the TTB regulations (because I’m that guy). According to the TTB, a “malt whiskey” much be “Whisky produced at not exceeding 80% alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent malted barley and stored at not more than 62.5% alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers.”

Daniel was correct about the definition of bourbon, though. I would probably say that the distillery needs to get its labeling straight, if not for compliance, for clarity.

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