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Rock Oyster Blended Scotch

Rock Oyster Blended Scotch

A blend of malt whiskies that becomes much more than the sum of its parts. Distinctive and delicious!
Overall Rating: ★★★

 

Highland Park Magnus

Highland Park Magnus

Is it horrendous? No. Is it overpriced and only a shadow of what the distillery has to offer? Absolutely.
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The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

Offensively bad at the price, made altogether worse by being positioned as a capable stand-in for a much better product. A total skip.
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Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

We toss the word complexity around a bit without ever really going into it. Now's as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about!
Overall Rating: ★★★

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

This one snuck up on me. You guys know I'm a sucker for a focused, well-considered flavor profile, and this is a direct hit. Value-minded drinkers may find a new favorite.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

A great bottle of scotch that's commonly available. Don't miss the forest for the trees here: it's not a "craft" presentation, but it's stunning nonetheless.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Oak Cross

Oak Cross

A direct hit when it comes to a company telling you what they want to do, then going out and doing exactly that. If you've never heard of Compass Box, start here.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Ballantine's 12 Scotch Whisky

Ballantine's 12 Scotch Whisky

As if the world didn't have enough reason to care about age-stated blended scotches. In a word: Ballantine's 12 is overcomplicated.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Johnnie Walker Green Label

Johnnie Walker Green Label

Green Label isn't the most expensive of the Johnnie Walker line, but it's typically the most venerated by those in the know. It's not my favorite of favorites, but being objective, it's a great product. 
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Balvenie Doublewood

Balvenie Doublewood

The Doublewood is one of the few single malt scotch whiskies I actually dislike. Chalk it up to a mix of personal taste and overexposure I'll explain in more detail.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

 

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Auchentoshan isn't really known as a powerhouse distillery. So what do you do when you know the market is itching for boldness? You force yourself to be something you're not. Here, it's surprisingly successful.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Chivas Regal 18

Chivas Regal 18

Today, we're taking a look at a fun one. Chivas 18 is neither boring like its little brother nor overpriced like a lot of those no-goodnick Johnnie Walker products. It's not just a great blend, but a great whisky period. Overall Rating: ★★★

Clynelish 14

Clynelish 14

The regular-'ol bottle of Clynelish is one of my favorite whiskies of all time. Some will understand, but perhaps an equal number will be puzzled. Also, it has a cat on it: always a plus. Overall Rating: ★★★

Jura Prophecy

Jura Prophecy

You want to know why rooting for an underdog is hard? Because it's hard for it to win, and disappointment comes easy.  Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps Grain Whisky

Girvan Patent Still No. 4 Apps Grain Whisky

A light, otherwise boring whisky might be able to escape the sharpest barbs of criticism if the price was good. However, the distillers want about $45 for this, and at that price this bottle has nowhere to hide.  Overall Rating:   

Deanston 12 Scotch Whisky

Deanston 12 Scotch Whisky

Be warned: sometimes "craft" products in the booze world are about as similarly uninspiring as cable-knit iPhone caddies, overpriced essential oils, or rocks painted like sleeping cats.   Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Glenfiddich 18

Glenfiddich 18

Sometimes even a huge, faceless conglomerate can get something right. If you're fine with drinking the scotch equivalent of an Adele song, there's enough going on with the Glenfiddich 18 to warrant a look.  Overall Rating: ★★☆

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

Sometimes you find yourself in the mood for a quiet, comforting dram. Other times you want a monster to stomp all over you. This is not a quiet, comforting dram.  Overall Rating: ★★★

Bowmore 15 Darkest

Bowmore 15 Darkest

There's a lot about the Bowmore 15 "Darkest" that's fairly criticized for being inauthentic. However, I think it tastes great, so I'm conveniently looking the other way.  Overall Rating: ★★☆