Whisky Review: Ardbeg 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky + Lagavulin 16 Cameo

Today we taste and review Ardbeg 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Lagavulin 16 + Ardbeg 10 makes a brief appearance.

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Comments

Michael Goodnow says:

Brad is slowly becoming a major part of the whiskey tribe.

Eric Schwab says:

Rex’s new hair thing is just that….a thing. Bald, waxed, poached, peeled, sliced, or diced you have to face the fact it’s still JUST plain old REX, no matter what he does…..sigh.

Canadian Whisky Smith says:

They say…

Brad LeClerc, the Whisk(e)y Demigod, was forged from the purest Canadian ice and birthed by Zeus so mere mortals could have a hero — a true champion of the pweeple.

Fighting the good fight, he is somewhere between Somm & Mooch. With the whisk(e)y strength of 10 ordinary MBs!

Tyler Mattingly says:

Hey Daniel and Rex! I just recently found out that two prominent woman in the whiskey industry graduated from my engineering program at the University of Louisville! Andrea Wilson is the Master of Maturation at Michter’s, and Marianne Barnes is the Master Distiller at Castle & Key. My question for you guys is, what is the difference between a Master of Maturation and a Master Distiller?
Fun Fact: Mrs. Barnes was the first woman to be named Master Distiller in Kentucky since prohibition 🙂

John Gajkowski says:

Soommmooch!

Raymond Ramos says:

Brad LaClerc is the wierd al yankovic of the tribe this explains his abnormal somm mooch phenomenon.

John Barry says:

If you’re all thirst, I may be first.

JC Fernandez says:

Thirst!

Jack Mehov says:

Nothing like watching these guys tasting whisk(e)y while I am looking at 8 more hours of work! Hahaha.

杨皓天 says:

saw glenfarclas 21 back there, love it, that is my first ever whisky. Could,you guys do a video on that, please? Also, 21years old glenfiddich rum finish video would be also fantastic. Cheers

joel nava says:

Following the videos and your love of Wild Turkey and all Things Matthew Mcconaughey, hopefully you guys can get your hands on the new Wild Turkey Longbranch to try it out!

Cloud Strife says:

Can you guys review Ardbeg Uigeadail?

HP Roll Tide says:

Appreciate the Ardbeg 10 comparison and the notes of the two. Not sure if I’ll ever be able to get my hands on the 21, but the 10 is definitely in my price range and future. Cheers gents.

Reece LeMay says:

Dear Biker-Hobbit and Convenience-Store-Brand-Gandalf: after watching this video, I have a question for you. Would it be fair to say that Daniel is more of an Ardbeg 10 and Rex is more the 21, in that Daniel “spreads himself out more” by going into the history and making of the whisk[e]ys he reviews, whereas Rex is the more “private” and mysterious one? Follow up question: if so, does that mean that Rex represents all Daniel could become if he would shut the f*ck up for a second and just drink the whisk[e]y?

Håkon Andreas Olaussen says:

I can literally *hear* Christina Zirpoli getting a lady boner from this

A R says:

What a beautiful shot of the vault. You should walk off camera together more often.

The Whiskey Dic says:

Everything that Ardbeg touches is glorious. The workers there are super humble as well . If I made what they made, I’d be strutting around with a giant gold chain like Dan.

Thanks for the review on this!

Lawrence Melia says:

Whisky kindred! Can you possibly manage to get your hands on a bottle of the French whisky, called Rozellieures single malt whisky, rare collection. AND do a review of it please.

Daniel Brower says:

CULT OF ARDBEG ASSEMBLE!!

TheNoobMooch says:

So I’ll be coming by to drop off another whiskey. Is there any way that I could ry the octave that I donated since I have no had it.

JasonWhiskyWise says:

Thats one insane whisky the Ardbeg 21yr but sold out rather quickly here in the UK, Brad you MB and great video guys. Have you guys tried the new Ardbeg Grooves as it’s one which I’ve been curious about as I’m a big fan of the Uigeadail. Slainte! The Drone was scouting out the Whiskey Vault!

Ben Helms says:

Ardbeg 10 for $30?? Can’t find it under $50 in California or Oregon.

bigc says:

Ardbeg 21… Gig. A. Dee.

Mike C says:

I was there at dinner with Rex and Brad, and Rex tried everything to creep Brad out and get him to back down, but Brad would not be fazed. It was hilarious.

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