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Whisky Sponge on Ralfy 'Macallan' Mitchell

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By @RianC @RianC on 11th Dec 2018, show post

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@RianC
RianC replied

@Wierdo - I'm a big fan of satire and cutting through the crap and no-one in the whisky world does it better. It's like Viz for whisky fans.

about one year ago 3Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt

And I think I'm correct that The Sponge is Serge's sidekick Angus from Whiskyfun. Everyone in on that loop?

about one year ago 3Who liked this?

Wierdo replied

@MadSingleMalt Sponge is Angus? I didn't know that.

I must admit I love Serge's sense of humour. He's not constantly funny. But he drops these dry little one-liners that crease me up. He said something in one of his reviews to apologise for not doing a review for a while saying 'just remember we only have one reviewer here on Whiskyfun and that reviewer only has one liver'! (This was pre-Angus joining Whiskyfun). But stuff like that I love.

Regards Ralfy I was brought his book for Christmas. I'm about halfway through it. It's not at all what I thought it would be. It's an autobiography that focuses on his life in his whisky drinking years. If I'd have known that was what it was I wouldn't have asked for it but I'm actually quite enjoying it. He's no Cormac McCarthy but that laid back conversational style he has on camera converts quite well into a written style. And a lot of the book which is to do with the beginnings of his whisky journey is happening in a period of time just before the whisky boom and so a little before I got into it. So that in itself is quite interesting.

about one year ago 5Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@MadSingleMalt - I had no idea but it makes a lot of sense now you say that! I was reading an old one yesterday about old bottle effect. Had me in stitches!

about one year ago 2Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@RianC I found it hard to believe that the Angus, the serious reviewer on Whiskyfun and the Sponge were one and the same. Quite the creative mind.

about one year ago 3Who liked this?

@DaveM
DaveM replied

I really used to enjoy Ralfy. I just listened to his Whisky of the Year program. It read like a big commercial at the beginning. Ralfy was plugging his book and Patreon and his YouTube channel, you name it. The whole Ralfy thing has turned into a big business it seems. Kindly leave the plugs and begging towards the end of the episode please Ralfy.

17 days ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@DaveM - Can't blame him though, can you? And I think if any whisky vlogger deserves a bit of a reward for his efforts over the years then ralfy is that man. There are far too many hipster types, copy-cats and utter bores filling up the whisky vlog niche - ralfy is the real deal and 'the Don!'

That said, I agree, and from a purely entertainment perspective he's lost his edge for sure. He's like an old uncle you used to love and have fun with but now he just chews your ear off with re-told tales and rants about how good things used to be grin You still love him though ...

14 days ago 1Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound

Speaking of Mr Sponge, if you haven’t seen this or part 2 yet, you really must. It’s hilariously on point.

14 days ago 2Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

Long live the Sponge.

14 days ago 1Who liked this?

@DaveM
DaveM replied

@RianC I agree that there are too many Ralfy copycats online these days. Concerning his various episodes, I find myself skipping to the end and seeing what his rating mark is. I don’t need to hear the bulk of his meanderings.

14 days ago 3Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@DaveM But then you miss out on valuable public health information such as screening for prostate cancer...

13 days ago 3Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

"...just my opinion, malt mates, just sayin" innocent

13 days ago 2Who liked this?

MRick replied

@DaveM Ralfy lost me when he went from whisky geek to guru.

13 days ago 1Who liked this?

@DaveM
DaveM replied

@Nozinan You are right. Somewhere along the line Ralfy became a full fledged Doctor!

13 days ago 1Who liked this?

Wierdo replied

@DaveM I agree his whisky of the year video was embarrassing. I think general YouTube content provider etiquette dictates you can mention patreon at the beginning and end of the video. Ralfy must have mentioned his 'patreon pals' 20 times at least during the video. It was cringy.

9 days ago 2Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@DaveM @Wierdo He's starting to sound like those TV evangelists: "praise the lord and send the money."

9 days ago 4Who liked this?

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