Taster’s Club Subscription Box Review – November 2016
Taster’s Club is a subscription that sends a new bottle of “must have” liquor to your door every month.
When you sign up for a subscription, you decide what kind of alcohol you’d like to receive.
The following clubs are available: Whisky, Bourbon, Scotch, Scotch Pro, Rum, Tequila, and Tequila Pro.
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This review is of the Scotch Club, $79 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Taster’s Club
The Cost: $79 per month + shipping for the Scotch Club (Shipping to DC was an additional $15.) Note that the price differs between clubs.
The Products: A different bottle of liquor every month. (My shipments feature Scotch because I joined the “Scotch Club.”)
A note about shipping: Taster’s Club does not list the US states to which they ship on their website. Most alcohol subscription companies are unable to ship to all 50 states due to alcohol shipping restrictions, so I’m uncertain whether Taster’s Club is able to ship nationwide or not.
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Taster’s Club shipments are accompanied by supplemental information that’s sent out via email. I usually receive it within a few days of my monthly shipment.
The Singleton of Glendullan 15 Year Old – Value $54.99
Glendullan has been making whisky since the 1890’s, but the distillery is relatively unknown because, until recently, most of the distillery’s spirits were used in blends. That all changed in the 1990’s, though, when the distillery began releasing single malts under the Glendullan name. This particular offering, The Singleton of Glendullan 15 Year Old, is the USA only release.
The Singleton is aged in a combination of European and American oak, 80 proof, and dark gold in color.
This month’s selection reminds me quite a lot of last month’s pick, Craigellachie 13 Year Old, as both bottles represent distilleries without a long history of single malt production. I love discovering new distilleries, so it’s been a lot of fun to try these relatively unknown single malts.
To me, The Singleton smells like smoked wood and honey. The aroma is subtle and a little sweet (not sharp at all), and it literally made my mouth water.
After I took a sip, however, I have to say that I was just a little disappointed. While the flavor is nice, with lots of peppery spice, vanilla, and zest, It doesn’t quite live up to the delicious, juicy aroma. I think I might reserve this bottle for use in cocktails.
I tried it in an Old Fashioned, and I really enjoyed it. (And there’s something about fall that gets me really excited about whiskey cocktails, so I’m sure it will go to good use!)
Verdict: I really like that the last couple of Taster’s Club shipments have introduced me to lesser-known distilleries. Even though this particular bottle didn’t blow me away, I still liked trying it, and I’m going to enjoy using it in cocktails! I’ve been subscribing to Taster’s Club for quite awhile now, and I do have to point out that this is not a high value (or even a break even) subscription. That said, I do think it’s a fun way to discover new whiskeys, and I think it would be a welcome gift for a whisky-loving friend.
What do you think of Taster’s Club? Have you tried this single malt before?