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. This is a review of the Scotch Club.
Taster's Club subscriptions are accompanied by their “Whisky 101” course material, so you can learn more about what you’re drinking.
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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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According to the Taster's Club website, “each bottle is accompanied by our own ‘Whisky 101’ content.” I received this information via email a few days before my box arrived.
Here’s a shot of the distillery that was included in the provided information.
In case your Scottish geography is a little rusty, here’s a map showing the Isle of Arran, where the Arran distillery is located.
The Arran Malt 10 Year Old- $56.99
This single malt is the flagship offering from The Arran Distillery. It’s made using unpeated barley and is aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks for a minimum of 10 years.
On the nose, Tasters Club spotlights the “herbal notes (fresh grass)” and aromas of “fruity banana and melon” and “chocolate malt.” I also picked up on some vanilla, caramel, and toast.
In terms of the flavor, “a bit of allspice and cinnamon act as a counterpoint to citrus, round banana flavor and sweet malt. Oak has a strong presence giving the flavor a creamy depth.”
I can’t say that I picked up on the banana, but I could definitely taste the citrusy, spicy, malt. The smooth richness makes this very easy to drink!
Verdict: I’m happy with the bottle I received in this month’s Taster's Club, and I’m pleased with the supplemental information I received about it via email. In terms of value, this month’s box came in approximately where last month’s did (ie significantly below the cost of the box). In the comments section of my last review, someone mentioned that they’d previously subbed to this box and that the value did even out over time (with some boxes coming in under the cost of the box and some coming in over), so I’m hoping next month’s box will pack more of a value punch. Fingers crossed that next month’s box is a dazzler!
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