Taster’s Club Subscription Box Review – January 2017
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 U.S. 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.
Glen Scotia Double Cask – Value $37.66
Before I talk about how delicious this Scotch is (spoiler alert: it’s really good), I want to mention that this bottle doesn’t appear to be widely available online. I found it for sale on a few different sites, but the price varies from as low as $37.66 (linked above) to as high as $80. That’s a huge range! I’ve linked to the least expensive bottle I found for sale, but I feel like I should point out that the MSRP is likely quite a bit higher. I can’t find the exact MSRP listed anywhere online, but a few blogs seem to reference it being around $50.
I think this is my first time trying Glen Scotia, but my husband is a big fan. (He did a little happy dance when we opened up this month’s box!) Glen Scotia is located in Campbeltown, a remote town on Scotland’s Kintyre Peninsula known for whisky making, fishing, and shipbuilding. Glen Scotia has a long history of whiskey production that dates back to 1832, but the distillery is relatively small. (The distillery operates with only 7 employees and offers only 3 core single malts.)
The Glen Scotia Double Cask is aged in a combination of first-fill Bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximénez Sherry casks, and the aroma is fruity, sweet, and a little salty. (Campbeltown is a seaside town, and Campbeltown whiskies are known for absorbing the smell and taste of the salty sea air.) This whiskey is very well balanced: there’s a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweetness, and a little salt. The flavor makes me think of fresh apple slices lightly dipped in salty caramel.
I really love this whisky. The flavor is complex, balanced, and just plain delicious.
Verdict: I’m really happy with this bottle from Taster’s Club. I’ve heard a lot about Glen Scotia distillery, and I’m pleased to put a taste to the name. I really love this whisky, and I think it’s one of the best bottles I’ve discovered through Taster’s Club. 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 whiskies, and I think it would be a welcome gift for a whisky-loving friend.
I’m thinking about switching up my subscription and trying one of Taster’s Club’s other boxes. Please let me know if the comments section if you’re interested in seeing the tequila, rum, bourbon, or whisky box reviewed!
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