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Taster’s Club Subscription Box Review – January 2017

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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. 

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 Club, $79 a month, box.

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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 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.

Check out all of our Taster’s Club reviews and other boozy boxes in the Alcohol Subscription Box Directory!

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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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Written by 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.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Taster's Club Reviews| Tags: tasters club | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. I would selfishly like to see you continue the Scotch Reviews for a couple more months. I just recently got a subscription and enjoy reading your descriptions. I enjoyed this month’s bottle much more than last month’s as well, but don’t have the palate to put a description into words. I think you nailed this one. I could almost taste it as you described. I really enjoy your reviews. Thanks!

  2. Would love to see tequila reviewed!

  3. Could you do two? Scotch is my tipple of choice, and your reviews are excellent. You have yet to use the terms ‘oaky’, ‘peaty’ or ‘smoky’ in your reviews. Those are the standard tropes which are overused.

  4. I have certainly been wanting to see a review of the types of tequilas they offer! I think I commented last month about this but I saw you asked so thought I’d mention it again! I really enjoy reading your reviews! Thanks!👍🏻

  5. Great review, thank you! I’m interested in the whisky box so would love to see a review for that!

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