Whiskey Review – Ardbeg An Oa single malt scotch whisky Ep: 241

Today we taste and review Ardbeg An Oa single malt scotch whisky.

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dusty sims says:

Is Dark Cove gone now? Cant find it in Chattanooga.

Red Bearded Yeti says:

Laphraoig 10, glenmorangie 10, and eagle rare all under 30 all bomb dot com

Sean Hancock says:

Question for you guys. I’ve collected a few whiskeys and I’ve noticed some times that the bottle isn’t that conducive to pouring and i’ll get dribbling down the sides and such. This seems like a waist. What are your opinions on something like those pour spouts you see in bars on bottles to make pouring easier? Would there be any possible negative affects on the whiskey using one of those? Or what about those aerator things that aerate as you pour?

Justanotherparatrooper says:

Hmm…. a good cheap whiskey i keep all the time…… ohh yeah Highland park 12 and the exceptional malt! both of which i mooched from a friend. yup nothing better than free whiskey and anytime i say im out and i to broke to get more he buys me a bottle so i always have one. only peasant like Daniel buy whiskey, people like me and Rex we just go to our nearest friend and mooch what hey have.

Jason Voorheese says:

always fascinating to see how rex evolves ^_^

TMac says:

the laphroaig 10year is $87 in canada….

Joe Prestera says:

Laphroaig 10 for $30 there?! Damn, it is like $87 CDN where I am. Not it mention the Ardbeg 10 is $100 CDN. 🙁

Kris Servilla says:

Guys! I love the show! Daniel and Rex you guys have motivated me to start my own collection and expand my pallet. I agree with Daniel and say that single malts and scotch are my absolute favorite. It’s my luxury item I buy because I don’t make entirely too much cash and my girlfriend doesn’t get too happy with every bottle I buy. I stumbled upon the glenfiddich 14 in burbon barrel on sale at my local store. I was surprised to see a 14 for 40 bucks and it’s magnificent. I am a dalmore fan and this reminds me of a dalmore 12 and macallan 12 blend. I’d love to see a review on it and see what you think if you hadn’t already. And bring back Rex week. Keep up the awesome shows!

Anthony Panke says:

Hey guys! ALLLL these videos and you haven’t tried one of my favorite go to CHEAP Irish Whiskey’s…Hell-Cat Maggie. Considered cheap by fancy people, but It has always been one of my favorites. Give it a try! Also, you have had a bottle of Knappogue Castle 12 in the background forever which you haven’t done. I don’t see it in this video though! Give that one a go.

King of Whiskey says:

Treacle is pronounced as tree-kul not tree-ah-kul. The a is silent. Although that could just be the American way of saying but the way I just stated is the way it is supposed to be pronounced.

Stevan Winkels says:

Can you do a review on the Scapa Skiren?

King of Whiskey says:

I agree with you guys that the whiskey that you’re tasting is more geared towards people that enjoy strong flavors considering I’m finishing a bottle of it as I am typing this. But I find that the best way that I have found to help people find a whiskey style that they might like is the coffee method that you guys use in the show. So what is the coffee method. There are three different styles of coffee. Hot Brewed, Cold Brewed, and Espresso. Hot Brewed coffee, as far as strength and flavor tone depending on the beans used, tends to be more bitter than cold brewed but not as in your face as espresso. While on the complete other side of the spectrum espresso is very bold, bitter, and oily flavors. Now cold brew is a kind of the odd coffee cousin because it is milder than the hot brew but is as oily as espresso again depending on the beans you use. Now how does this figure into helping people with their decision on whisk(e)y. This part is completely subjective since taste is not a logical part of the brain. But I usually put Hot Brew coffee drinkers towards scotch, Cold brew coffee drinkers towards Irish, and espresso coffee drinkers towards something that is really bold because even though bourbon is smoky I find that scotch tends to be more bold than bourbon in my opinion. What are your guy’s thoughts on this?

Sean C. Brophy says:

Long time listener, first time caller.

Have you fellas done an epi on Jameson Black Barrel yet? If so I cannot find it. Looking forward to it. Cheers!

Xo3 says:

All hail The magnificent sparkle beard!

Benjamin Ross says:

I’ve taken a rather strange trip through the realms of Whiskey, especially after watching you guys for the last few months. I’ve gone along from thinking Bourbon was my drink of choice to finding I have a love for those things that most people say punch you in the face unapologetic-ally. Among my favorites are Ardbeg, Laphraoig, Auchentoshan Three Wood and most recently the absolutely wonderful Kilkerran 12.
The strange thing is I never taste the antiseptic, medicinal or biting notes that many comment on (thinking mostly at Kilkerran for many of that). I’m new at trying to articulate anything more than “Oh my god that’s good” or “mmmmM!” when it comes to tasting notes. I’m curious if I’m my taste buds are just dead from all the spicy food I imbibe or if I am as my mother always tells me, special.

DracoRogue1218 says:

Since you two are proficient with whiskey, I have a challenge for you two, should you choose to accept: using the knowledge of whiskeys & the selection of the Vault, you have until December 24th to produce a video about one of the two best December drink, either … Hot Tottie … or … Eggnog. Failure to comply means you must pour a whole bottle of each Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, And Scotch Whisky onto the foundation of your distillery as tribute to the Almighty Whiskey EAGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!

Henrik Sandbakken says:

Hey guys! I recently started to watch your show and I’m completely hooked. I’m quite new to whisk(e)y, but what got me started was Chivas regal extra on sherry casks. I was at a wine and spirit festival and wanted to try a whisk(e)y even though i didn’t like it at the time. The man who were supposed to give me a small tasting gave me about a wine glass worth. Fortunately I liked it, but my question to you is if you will ever post a reveiw of a Chivas whisky?

Michael Slager says:

I am catching up on missed episodes #Rex – Never bought a bottle of whiskey for less than $30! All the more reason to dedicate a week to Bottom Shelf Matters! Brown bag it you pretentious Mooch! XOXO

Reese Petzold says:

Hey guys, a few weeks ago I tried a laphroaig 10 which you always describe as complex and by saying “people aren’t there yet” it tasted to me like smoke off of a drag race tire, is that just the nature of Islay scotch or is that just something distinct to laphroaig, I’d like to be able to move into islay scotch but I thought the laphroaig was terrible and I couldn’t drink any scotch for 3 days without tasting that laphroaig

ViTheSamurai says:

y’all should do a cheap whisk(e)y shootout video

Dinkelstein Kerman says:

Best budget whisky for me is Caol Ila 12 (it at least has to taste good)

onemon22 says:

I’m at a single malt scotch tasting at Bushwakkers right now.

King Webb says:

Hi Daniel, is this the whiskey you said was hard to get (Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky) https://www.caskers.com/spirits/longmorn-16-year-old-single-malt-scotch-whisky/

rasmus lindeborg says:

Ardbeg <3

Chris H says:

If you Google image search Whiskey dad jokes and keep scrolling down you eventually see Rex and Daniel, you guys are now synonymous with with Dad jokes on Google, so I guess Daniel wins?

Dinkelstein Kerman says:

Just ordered this whisky as i’m watching 😀

david middleton says:

I am sure you don’t really call but its not pronouced “an oh a” its just simply “an oo”

Mr. Orange says:

I dislike the Whiskey to Coffee comparison. I love peated Whiskey but would prefer a latte to an espresso. Comparing whiskey to Coffee is like comparing apples and oranges.

JasonWhiskyWise says:

Love the videos guys, Have you tried the Glenmorangie Milsean and tried it along side the other Private Collection bottles?

Fred Labosch says:

As of late, all I really DO is hang out in ‘the vault’.
It’s been 4 weeks now and I am still far from tired.
You guys encouraged me to crack open quite a few bottles.
Ten to be specific.
I love you.
That sounds weird.
But it is really not.

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Joshua Castillo says:

I know you guys did a episode on Jack Daniels single barrel select and gentleman Jack , What about Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey ?

Paul O'Sullivan says:

Lol your pronunciation of treacle was terrible. It’s good to know what you have been meaning by maple syrup though. I have not really understood that but now I can just think treacle so good to know.

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