Usquaebach Reserve

Type: Blended Distillery: Various (Highlands malts and grains) Region: Highland, Scotland Age: NAS ABV: 43.0% Average Price: $43 Neat’s Thoughts: Described as a “Not blended for the sake of being blended” whisky, the Reserve is another promising selection from the Usquaebach collection. A rare blend of whiskies aged 16, 17 and 18 years gives it a range of complexity that … More Usquaebach Reserve

Usquaebach Old Rare

Type: Blended Distillery: Various (Highlands malts and grains) Region: Highands, Scotland Age: NAS ABV: 43.0% Average Price: $140 (Widely varies in U.S.) Neat’s Thoughts: This particular beauty (or beast) is called the Old Rare and couldn’t even be purchased in the U.S. up until about a year ago. Its a blend of 41 select single malts, with over 255 … More Usquaebach Old Rare

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Type: Blended Distillery: Various Region: Other, Scotland Age: 12 ABV: 40% Average Price: $35 Peat’s Thoughts: There’s something to be said when you’re the best selling scotch whisky in the world. Johnnie Walker, which comes from the Diageo conglomerate, has long been a staple in homes around the world. And I should know, I’m from the Caribbean. To many West Indians (another name … More Johnnie Walker Black Label

Ardbeg Dark Cove

Type: Single Malt Distillery: Ardbeg Region: Islay, Scotland Age: NAS ABV: 46.5% Average Price: $100 Peat’s Thoughts: Let me start by saying the name of this whisky is misleading. So is the marketing. Hailed as “The darkest Ardbeg ever”, I’m not too sure what constitutes “dark” anymore. I mean, next to the Uigeadail, it looks to be … More Ardbeg Dark Cove

The Macallan Double Cask

  Type: Single Malt Distillery: The Macallan Region: Speyside, Scotland Age: 12 years ABV: 43% Average Price: $55 (or comparable to the standard Macallan 12 Sherry in your market) Peat’s Thoughts: Finally! In an age where age has become a rare commodity and where for the past few releases, non-aged statements (NAS) have become the norm, we get something that harks … More The Macallan Double Cask

Glenmorangie Lasanta

Type: Single Malt Distillery: Glenmorangie Region: Highland, Scotland Age: 12 years ABV: 43% Average Price: $40-$50 Finn’s Thoughts: Lasanta is one of Glenmorangie’s staple drams. It is also one of Finn’s absolute favorites. This actually was the confirmation scotch I had after trying a few others. The sherry power in this bottle is greatness. Everything about this is perfect for … More Glenmorangie Lasanta