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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: ★☆☆

Paul John Brilliance

Paul John Brilliance

There's a lot that's very strange about this one from start to finish, although sometimes a little strangeness is just what the doctor ordered. Here the doctor is Indian and the strangeness is peanut.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

As everyone goes gonzo for Japanese whisky, the market adjusts to provide supply to match demand. Yes: this is Japanese, and it is whisky, but it might not be what you expect.
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: ★★☆

Lot 40 Canadian Rye

Lot 40 Canadian Rye

Laughed at Canadian whisky, did you? Thought the category could aspire to no better than Black Velvet? Well, buy this, and drink this. Never has it been so wonderful to be so utterly wrong.
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: ★★★

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: ★☆☆

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: ★★☆

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch

You've probably seen this bottle at your grandfather's house. Odd that you probably know more about whisky at this point than your grandfather does.  Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Bank Note Blended Scotch

Bank Note Blended Scotch

We're all about praising value here at Spirit Animal, so here's one of the most praiseworthy blended scotches extant. The price here is almost absurdly low for the quality of the bottle.  Overall Rating: ★★★