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PourMore Subscription Box Review – October 2016

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseOct 17, 2016 | 0 comments

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PourMore
3 overall rating
4 Ratings | 3 Reviews

PourMore sends exceptional whisky to your door every month.

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When you sign up for a subscription, you decide whether to receive whisky, Scotch, or bourbon. Each subscription has three tiers: Explorer, Enthusiast, and Connoisseur.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Scotch Explorer, $79 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: PourMore

The Cost: Price is dependent on the type of alcohol selected and the subscription tier. This review is for the Scotch Explorer. The total cost for me each month (including shipping to DC) is $88.99. All subscription prices are as follows:

  • Whisky
    • Explorer $79 + shipping
    • Enthusiast $129 + shipping
    • Connoisseur $229 + shipping
  • Scotch
    • Explorer $79 + shipping
    • Enthusiast $149 + shipping
    • Connoisseur $239 + shipping
  • Bourbon
    • Explorer $79 + shipping
    • Enthusiast $139 + shipping
    • Connoisseur $229 + shipping

The Products: A different bottle of liquor every month. (My shipments exclusively feature Scotch because I joined the “Scotch Explorer.”)

Ships to: All US states EXCEPT: AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, MT, ND, NH, NJ, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV.

Check out all of our Pour More reviews and find other boozy boxes in the Alcohol Subscription Box Directory!

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This box did not include supplemental information from Pour More, but the whisky did come with an accompanying booklet from Isle of Jura.

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This Scotch is “a tale of two islands”: Jura and Brooklyn. To embody this match, Jura has created a hybrid mascot from each island’s signature critter: the stag and the pidgeon. Adorable marketing alert! How cute is this?

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Isle of Jura Brooklyn Single Malt Scotch (750 ml.)- $59.99

Isle of Jura Brooklyn is a collaboration between the Isle of Jura distillery and several Brooklyn-based tastemakers. To capture the essence of life in Brooklyn, Jura has created a whisky with notes of coffee (among other things).

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The whisky was aged in a variety of different barrels: including American white oak bourbon and pinot noir.

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Jura is a fairly unusual distillery in that they make both peated and unpeated whiskies, and for this release they included a hint of peat smoke to reference a smoky Brooklyn speakeasy.

I’ve never visited the Isle of Jura before, but I’ve seen it from afar (while visiting the neighboring island of Islay). It’s relatively undeveloped, and the landscape is stunning. Here’s a shot of the island that I found on the distillery’s website:

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So pretty! Now, back to the whisky…

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This is a fairly dark whisky that’s almost mahogany in color. For me, it has a smoky, honied flavor that’s very intense.

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I don’t really respond to this whisky (something about the flavor strikes me as a bit too harsh), but my husband warmed up to it right away. Since I’m not really a fan, I asked him to pinpoint what he likes about it and he mentioned the “nice balance of smoke and sweetness” and the “bold flavor.” I’m glad that he likes it, and who knows, maybe it’ll grow on me!

Verdict: This month’s Scotch selection wasn’t my favorite, but I still think it’s a really interesting pick. While the taste isn’t really for me, I love the concept behind it! (And my husband loves this whiskey, so it certainly won’t go to waste.) It’s a little disappointing that this box didn’t contain any supplemental information, but according to one of the comments they made on a previous review, it seems like Pour More has been having some difficulty getting their distributor to include info sheets in subscribers’ boxes. (FYI- only one of my boxes so far has included a sheet of supplemental information.) Hopefully, they’ll get that issue ironed out soon. In terms of value, this bottle falls short of the subscription cost; however, it’s important to note that the first bottle I received from PourMore came in significantly over the subscription cost. I’m happy to see fluctuations in value from month to month, as long as it averages out over time.

Next month, I think I might mix things up a little bit by switching over to PourMore’s Bourbon Explorer box. I’ve always been more of a Scotch drinker, but I think it’ll be fun to learn a bit more about bourbon!

What do you think of PourMore?

"You choose what type of you whiskey you would like to enjoy each month and curate a selection that is sure to please your palate. We do not announce upcoming whiskeys and make variable changes based on new experiences and whiskeys we enjoy. Each month we choose a whiskey created by a passionate cra... read more.
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.
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