It doesn’t cost money to be a Magnificent Bastard, but we do expect you to learn what the Whisk(e)y Tribe is all about before joining. Start reading and don't stop until your glass is full of whisk(e)y, and your screen is full of MBs. Do it. It’s easy. Less than ten minutes. Keep reading.
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1 TRIBE, MANY WHISK(E)YS
You’ll find every kind of whisk(e)y represented in the Tribe, but that’s not what this community is really about. The Whisk(e)y Tribe is an experiment. In a polarized world, what happens when Magnificent Bastards set aside their differences, and focus on two simple shared interests?
2 SHARED INTERESTS
We believe in unpretentious whisk(e)y knowledge and top-shelf shenanigans. With practical tips, deep dives, and ridiculous humor, we explore what whisk(e)y is capable of and make some friends along the way. If you need something more serious or snobby, this won’t be a good fit for you. If you need to discuss politics, religion, or hot-button issues, keep it out of the Whisk(e)y Tribe. There’s an entire internet for you to unload that stuff. The Tribe is an oasis, where a simple, shared spirit can serve as common ground for MBs around the world. Is your inner bastard magnificent enough to join?
3 STANDARDS OF MAGNIFICENCE
The Standards of Magnificence that separate Magnificent Bastards from basic bastards
The "best" whisk(e)y is the whiskey you like to drink, the way you like to drink it. That’s rule #1 in the Whisk(e)y Tribe; a community built for Magnificent Bastards, not whiskey snobs. To be clear, our definition of A SNOB is someone who tries to demean, discredit, or shit on people for their whisk(e)y preferences. It’s not someone who shares personal preferences about the whisk(e)ys they like or dislike.
A big reason why this community even exists is to help you explore and discover what your own whisk(e)y preferences are! Do yourself a favor and remember, you're not your favorite whisk(e)y. If a fellow MB dislikes a bottle you enjoy, they aren't rejecting you. They simply prefer something different, AND THAT'S OK. We're all here to learn, share, and shenanigan. That may mean exploring new perspectives that may be (currently) at odds with your own.
A Magnificent Bastard always gives the benefit of the doubt, but rarely needs it. We’re all human, and perfection is a shitty goal post. It's easy to misunderstand a person's tone or intentions when their thoughts are squeezed into text. Just remember that WHISKEY IS HAPPENING HERE, and 99% of the time any offense was purely unintentional.
Humor, irreverence and memes will always be a part of this community, so you can expect a healthy dose of GOOD-NATURED ball busting. But a field-tested MB doesn’t overindulge, get sloppy, and behave in ways that they’ll later regret. If you ever come across something questionable, try tossing in some benefit-of-the-doubt. If you ever find genuine abuse or snobbery, just report it to an admin so they can poof the problem, because MB’s don’t try to flex by pecking at a keyboard.
A real Magnificent Bastard recognizes the need for responsible exploration. There’s an ocean of amazing whisk(e)y to discover, but recklessly charging into the unknown isn’t likely to end well. Be vigilant, aware, and intentional about the volume and speed of your alcohol intake. A powerful thing it is. For as much good as there is in whiskey, you can also find bad. POWERFUL THINGS ARE FUNNY THAT WAY. Yes, some people have a genetic predisposition to struggle with substances such as alcohol, which is exactly the point. Know and respect your limits. Be your own sovereign.
If you're drinking to the point where you've done something you never intended, it's time to pump the breaks. If you ever decide to quit drinking, you have our genuine admiration, respect, and will always be a Magnificent Bastard in our book. In fact, here's a good resource to help you down that path.
4 COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
The true measure of magnificence isn't how much you know—it's how much you share. If you're an experienced MB, we get it. Seeing new people ask the same questions gets old. But we were ALL NOOBS ONCE, and your interaction can shape their whisk(e)y journey for years to come. Shaming newcomers isn’t an option. It’s snobbery. Be the person you wish you knew when you first got into whisk(e)y.
Don’t bait or debate your fellow MBs on religious or politically loaded stuff. You’re smart, you know what those issues are. Maybe you’re right. Maybe people are overreacting, and they need to hear what you have to say. DOESN'T MATTER.
All genders, colors, creeds and cultures are welcome in the Whisk(e)y Tribe as long as they stay within our community standards.
The Tribe’s social media groups are not places for selling, trading, or self-promotion—even if it's whiskey related. Most social media platforms have strict policies against selling or trading whiskey. We've seen other groups get de-platformed by ignoring those policies. SO LET'S NOT GO THERE.
Keep it whisk(e)y related, or at least Whisk(e)y Tribe related. There is a huge volume of posts in the tribe. Posting irrelevant things can quickly become an issue and ruin the experience. REMEMBER THE AUDIENCE that you’re broadcasting to and their core interests before posting.
5 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is "Kung Fu"?
It means you just got a new whisk(e)y. Ideally, it was buckled in with a seatbelt on the ride home. Ya know, for safety. The reference comes from this episode:
I’m new to whiskey. What do you recommend I start with?
Boom! This episode should point you in the right directio
Why don’t I get all of the flavors and aromas everyone talks about?
Bang! Maybe this episode will help:
What is Crowded Barrel Whiskey?
Where does "It's Raining Men" come from?
It’s the ceremonial song that is hummed every time a bottle is finished. The emptied bottle is placed upside down on a table, while MBs gather round and solemnly perform, “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls. We’re weird. Deal with it.
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IN THE UNIVERSE...
How do you whisk(e)y?
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IT CONTAINS THE KEY TO THE YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
There are details in here that you will need to know to gain access to Tribe social groups. The video is approximately ten minutes long. And that's on purpose. More than 50% of Whiskey Tribe applicants don't get in for one simple reason: They don't watch this video. It helps narrow down the people who really care about joining vs. those who blindly click around and stumble into a social group. Besides giving context and details, the video also contains a password you'll need to join online social groups later.
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The Facebook group is the largest and most active, but you must apply to get in. It's pretty straight forward. Just a click to request access, and answer a couple questions. (Don't forget the password from the video above.)
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