Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare

Today we taste and review Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare.

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Comments

Sam Brunswick says:

We all know about adding water to lower the proof, but what about methods of increasing the proof on a low-proof whiskey? Seems like a simple task for a Master Mooch who might not want to pay for a barrel proof bottle…. #whiskeybiscuitsepisode ?????

bmsmusician says:

As always great episode! I recently went through the worst cold ever. My tastebuds and smell were completely gone. I ate a really strong chili con carne without really feeling the chili. A couple of days later I decided to kill all bacterias possible with what I had at my disposal: a 375 ml Jameson. I drank the whole bottle like it was water with a faint smell of acetone. I got shit faced but now, 4 days later I feel much, much better. The end. PS did you ever get to try the Sinatra JD?

Andrew says:

In line for Chick fil a watching a whiskey review. I should be studying

Jim Nyland says:

Sobriety Week Idea – N/A Beers?

Kyle says:

trying brora 30 anytime soon? interested to see how your tasting notes compared to ralfys

waltpagan says:

3:26 lmao!

Michael Garten says:

Hey my girlfriend and I were watching you the other day and she exclaimed, I don’t like the one on the left he always cuts in like he knows more. I explained to her that Daniel Is actually a sommelier and does know a lot and that rex is a pretty face to bring In more viewers. She laughed and we continued watching.

Deplorable Maverick88 says:

I finally got a bottle of octomore! Edition 6.1, 167 ppm. Been looking for a bottle of (any) octomore for almost 9 months and finally found it. My Octomore baby has been born! Can’t wait to try it later tonight!

Matt says:

I, too, just recently picked up my first Islay single malt in the Laphroaig Triple Wood. I tried it after first going through some nice Irish whiskey the other night: Teeling, knappogue, green spot (a previous favorite before delving deeper into whiskey/scotch recently)… after which, opening the Laphroaig smelled like an angry medicine cabinet left in a sunken ship in the Atlantic ocean. I was at first skeptical, but upon my first sip my world immediately changed. Needless to say, I went online to order another Laphroaig (Quarter Cask), an Ardbeg cask strength and a bunnahabhain 12. I feel bad for my soon-to-be-neglected, yet beloved Irish whiskey collection.

P.S. I also picked up a bottle of Powers gold label based on Daniel’s recommendations. For the price, it’s far better and more interesting than a Jameson’s or Tullamore, but that said, at the current price I can have a Teeling small batch for a few $ more, and that’s just not a fair fight for Powers in my humble opinion.

Andrew Kuper says:

I have a question vaguely related to Johnnie Walker, I notice that a lot of whiskies including Johnnie Walker Rye Cask, Bulleit Rye, Jack Daniels Rye, and several others use the color green in their packaging. Is there some reason for this trend or is it just collective marketing pushing the idea that green = rye?

Dal Brazzell says:

One question to stack on Rex’s first question… When a distillery reopens, one would assume that the original yeast strain is lost. Assuming that the original still is still in the distillery and the mash bill and process stay the same, how much different will the whiskey taste with a new yeast? Do you know if any of the re-opening distilleries kept the original yeast? With bourbon, where consolidation forced famous brands (which used to be produced in their own distillery, like old crow, etc…) to now be made in shared distilleries (like Jim Beam), did Beam keep the old crow distillery’s yeast? Do any of the legacy brands today taste like the original products before distillery consolidation?

GeneralAwesome1204 says:

is it just me or can you tell how drunk Daniel by how much he moves his glass?

Chronicles of Dan says:

I finally tried Caol Ila. It has a great nose and was smooth but as an ex-smoker, the after taste was like an ashtray. Any recommendations for something similar but a different finish?

wshfulthkn says:

Daniel – the tasting book you make that has the tasting graph, how do you create the book? Do you have a stamp you use or do you have to make a bazillion copies of the page and bind them into a book? Anyway, I am looking for a good book with a tasting graph to document my whiskey journeys. Can you scan a blank page you have in the book and share?

Jordan Desmond says:

I recently received a mini barrel to further age/flavor whiskey. Is there a better way to go about this as far as how long to leave it in the barrel? Thanks!

Dave King says:

I can’t explain to you guys the incredible pride I have for that story and how much it meant for you to share it with the Whiskey Vault World. Cheers to you for creating an amazing YouTube family!

Question: how do the ghost and rare compare to the new Chinese New Year edition Blue?

Cole Crump says:

lol a Red Label Johnnie Walker would be really helpful for those with not much income and mixing advice alongside the Johnnie Walker Red.

robdahlgren0506 says:

I have a bottle of Johnie Walker Blue Casks Edition that I got a few years back at a duty free store. It is amazing stuff, I think it’s better than normal Johnnie Walker because they left out the duty.

Nick Burns says:

Well after a few months of spirit searching (see what I did there?) I have narrowed down my favorite of the smoky scotch, to either the Uigeadail or the Coal Ila which I love both equally for different reason and after exploring the smokiest of the smokiest (Octomore) I have decided still that those two will be perpetually mine 🙂 favorite bourbons are 1792 small batch and four roses single barrel, now I need a favorite Irish

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Any chance you can review Stolen’s Whiskey? We can’t get it here in Australia yet, and id love to know what you guys think of it before I fly to America just to pick up a bottle.

Sean Kaser says:

La Croix is actually pronounced La Croy. The website says it rhymes with enjoy. Don’t you worry, you don’t have to say La Cwah ever again.

Chris Mills says:

You got a Ralfy Malt Mention 🙂

Andrew Drake says:

I have a Super Bowl bet with my wife. I bet her that Justin Timberlake will sing a Prince song during the half time show. She says JT has too many hits of his own to play a Prince song.

The Wager: if she wins she gets to book a 90 minute full body massage. If I win, I get to spend the equivalent on Whiskey.

My question: should I buy quality or quantity.

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