There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.


  1. Jura Superstition

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    3.5 out of 5 stars
    If you are afraid of these 'peat monsters' from Islay, this robust Single Malt could be something for you: Isle of Jura Superstition is advertised as 'lightly peated' whisky. Unfortunately, it bears no age statement, although the 43% ABV definitely help to bring out the flavor of this rather young malt. On the nose, you can find delicate peat smoke, toffee and hints of marzipan. The taste is mildly spicy and peppery, and yet sweet with honey and cinnamon. Overall, it's quite a two-dimensional and artificial Island whisky - but with a decent roundness and complexity. RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    34.0 EUR per Bottle
  2. Caol Ila 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    What a characterful dram this is! Caol Ila 12 is a hidden peaty Islay jewel that is underrated by many. On the nose, you get well-integrated bonfire smoke. Unlike with some of the other Islay Single Malts, the peatiness is well-balanced and does not mask the complexity of the aroma. Tasting honey-sweet in the arrival, it develops full-bodied and oily with spicy hints of oak. A fire-infused warming glow turns into a long and peaty finish, leaving behind salty sea notes. It is a consistently good whisky and one of the foundation stones of the Johnnie Walker range. RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    36.0 EUR per Bottle
  3. Grant's Family Reserve

    Blended — Scotland

    2.5 out of 5 stars
    This is a decent and appealing Blended Scotch that offers a bit more than its competitors in the low-price range. The nose is soft and light, featuring toffee, citrus notes and hints of cinnamon. It's very much a Speyside style of a blend. Grant's Family Reserve tastes strong, sweet and spicy, and there is an apple note coming through. However, it's very young whisky, and the occasional metallic note can't be hidden. As a mixer, Grant's goes well into Coca Cola. Yet, this whisky can certainly be drunk neat, if your expectations are in accordance with its price. RATING: 2.5/5.0 stars ≙ 72 pts → PALATABLE
    12.0 EUR per Bottle
  4. Glenfiddich 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Being a solid benchmark Single Malt, this whisky is easily accessible to the beginner. Green apples and other fruits dominate on the nose, while Glenfiddich 12 tastes sweet, malty and quite harmonic. Its rather light character combines with hints of oak and slight bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately, there are some rough edges in the background of this spirit, presumably due to high demand for casks. After all, this whisky is one of the best-selling malts in the world. A warmly recommended Speysider that offers a practical introduction to malt whisky! RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]
    29.0 EUR per Bottle
  5. J & B Rare Blended Scotch

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    J&B Rare is a low-cost Blended Scotch of rather insufficient quality. The nose is sweet and fruity with a pervasive and unpleasantly dominating toffee note. Although said to be slightly peaty, I couldn't detect that. Drunk neat, the youthful harshness of the spirit turns into indistinct and sweet spiciness. There is a metallic aftertaste, and the grain whisky is doing an awful lot of work in this blend. Mixed with Coca Cola, the dominant toffee does not harmonize with the sweetness of the drink. To sum up, I did not enjoy J&B Rare - neither neat, nor as a mixer. RATING: 1.9/5.0 stars ≙ 55 pts → POOR [-]
    20.0 EUR per Bottle
  6. Jack Daniel's Old No. 7

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Tasted neat, this Tennessee whiskey is rather harsh and rough. It predominantly smells of airfix glue and solvents, but there is a fruity note lurking in the background. Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 is very young whiskey indeed. However, mixed with Coca Cola it harmonizes surprisingly well, as the late Lemmy Kilmister would have confirmed. Hence, from the perspective of a Scotch Single Malt drinker, I can recommend Jack Daniel's for mixing purposes. If you are used to drink your whiskey neat, you probably want to try 'the older brother' Gentleman Jack. RATING: 2.0/5.0 stars ≙ 60 pts → POOR
    18.0 EUR per Bottle
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