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Ron Burgundy once said, “I love scotch, scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly. Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.” Isn’t that how we all feel?
Some say that scotch is the eighth wonder of the world. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating, but it sure is a delectable beverage.
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Whiskey is a spirit that is distilled from fermented grains. It is aged in wooden barrels after being distilled. The wooden barrels add flavors, aromas and color to the whiskey.
Whiskey is made all over the world, and each country has different requirements for it to be labeled whiskey, so the flavors can vary from one country to the next. They also use different spellings.
Whiskey or Whisky?
Why is whiskey sometimes spelled with the “e” and sometimes without? Long story short, in countries with an “e” in their name, add the “e.” If a country doesn’t have an “e” in their name, leave it out. So for example, in America and Ireland we say “whiskey,” while in Australia, Canada, Japan and Scotland we say “whisky.”
Scotch is a type of whiskey made from malted barley and comes from Scotland. It must be from Scotland for it to be called scotch and the whiskey must be aged in wooden barrels in Scotland for at least three years.
Scotch makers often age their whiskey in wooden barrels that were previously used for bourbon or sherry — this adds more flavor, texture and aroma to the scotch. Scotch ages in the barrel (not a bottle, like wine), and the longer it ages, the better (and more expensive) it will most likely be.
Bourbon is primarily made from corn in America and is a type of whiskey. True bourbon must be made from a minimum of 51% corn — the remainder can be wheat, barley and/or rye.
Bourbon also goes in new charred-oak barrels and is distilled to an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 80% or less. It is then bottled at around 40% ABV. Bourbon is considered to be sweeter and smoother than scotch because of the sweetness it gets from corn.
Make sure the company can deliver alcohol to your state. Not all companies can ship alcohol boxes to all 50 states.
Someone who is at least 21-years-old must sign for the packages. So, make sure you (or the person you, or the person to whom you are gifting) is home or schedule to pick it up at the packaging facility (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.) yourself. You can also see if your work would allow you to ship the package there.
Flaviar whiskey sampler club has a straightforward website with a very exclusive feel to it. Its website discusses prohibition and the speakeasy movement, giving it a cool vibe like you’re a part of an exclusive club. Even the packaging has a creative design that exudes the 1920’s.
Unlike other monthly clubs, Flaviar puts you on a waiting list to maintain the quality of service it gives members. However, it doesn’t take too long to bump from the waiting list to a member (one to two weeks according to our tests).
Flaviar sends three viles of fairly exclusive alcohol in its tasting kit once per quarter, so you can enjoy less commonly stocked liquors. We think this is pretty cool because you get to have a true tasting at home instead of spending all your money on a bottle that you may not like. These are also typically liquors that you won’t find on a shelf at your local bar.
Flaviar has a mobile app, free shipping once per month on anything you want to buy, and their package presentation is quite nice. Their website is easy to use and contains how to guides and informative articles. If you like one of the tastings you can purchase an entire bottle.
Customers report great customer service and a helpful community with ratings on each liquor. You have access to your personal home bar where you can keep track of and rate your favorite whiskeys. You’ll also get personalized recommendations based on your favorites.
The Vault is an exclusive feature where rare whiskeys are held (think Pappy Van Winkle) and sold to members but often sell out quickly, so you have to act quickly.
On the con side, the full size bottles are upcharged, ie. you’ll typically find better deals elsewhere. Customers also complain that it takes a long time for shipments to arrive at your doorstep after ordering.
If you’re interested in trying different whiskeys, this is an excellent small batch bourbon of the month club (or scotch or gin or whatever fills your snifter!). Two of our team members are subscribed to this whiskey sampler gift set, so they’ve added their personal insights into the service in the overview here.
Tasters Club ships a 750ml bottle each month for your enjoyment. With each monthly bottle, you are enrolled in the Whiskey101 course to learn more about the profiles, tasting notes, production techniques and more displayed in the bottle of whiskey you received.
Tasters Club does not announce ahead of time what bottle it is shipping, so it is a surprise every month. You can cancel at any time. This may be a pro or con to you — a pro because it’s a surprise, or a con because if you don’t like it, you’re stuck with an entire bottle.
Each shipment includes some tasting information for the bottle and if you every have any issues, customers have raved about Tasters Club’s customer service. Unfortunately, there’s many complaints of the liquor costing less than the subscription price, so customers feel like they’re getting a bad value.
This whiskey club is great if you want to fill your at-home bar with various bourbons that you may not have access to typically. Or, if you’re looking for gifts for bourbon lovers, this is an excellent choice too.
Editor’s note: Mouth Whiskey appears to have closed effective March, 2018.
Mouth Whiskey is rather vague about its monthly whiskey club. You receive one full-size bottle of small-batch whiskey made in America each month. Shipping is included, so you don’t have any additional costs.
This small batch bourbon of the month club is excellent for those who enjoy seeing batch numbers on bottles and tasting bourbon from small town, USA. The bottles come in heavy duty packaging for safe shipment.
Many times the bottles include information about the bourbon including corn percentage, ABV and how it was casked. You’ll also receive an information card and recipe card that goes with the bottle of bourbon.
This is a good subscription for those of you looking to try liquor you may not have access to typically. Unfortunately, there are many customer complaints of a “poor value” because the bottles cost less than the subscription sometimes.
Broaden your bourbon horizons with one of the best whiskey club services. It may not be a “traditional” whisky tasting gift set, but you’ll get an entire bottle to indulge on your own or share with others. It is slightly more expensive than our #2 pick, which is why it’s ranked at #3.
- Monthly: $75/month
- 3 Months: $75/month
- 6 Months: $71/month
- 12 Months: $67/month
Other Whiskey Club Reviews
Below is our Caskers review, which did not make our top three list, but may be a good option for you. And if there’s a whiskey club you’d like see added, let us know in the comments!
Caskers sends three full-size bottles in each package it ships every quarter. Your membership is automatically renewed, but you can cancel any time via email.
In your delivery, you receive tasting cards and notes written by curators, which includes the history of the whiskey, cocktail recipes and more. Club members gain early access to rare bottles of spirits as well. You will never receive the same spirit twice, so you’ll constantly be exploring new tastes.
Each shipment includes free shipping. Unfortunately, Caskers doesn’t ship to more than 50% of the states (AK, AR, CO, DE, FL, HI, ID, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MN, MS, NH, NC, ND, OK, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV), so you may not be able to partake in Caskers whiskey club.
Caskers didn’t make our top three because of its availability to fewer than 25 states. However, if it delivers to your state, it’s a good option because you’re paying just over $50 for each bottle, which is less expensive than others.
If you’re looking to build your collection of whiskey and conduct your own whiskey club reviews with friends, this is a great scotch of the month club since it ships three bottles every quarter. You could start your own book club (minus the books, plus the scotch ;) ).
Watch the video below to learn how to properly drink whiskey. There may be some sarcasm here and there, but it’s a fun one to watch and has well over two million views, so clearly others have enjoyed it.
Are you into whiskey but your spouse is interested in another type of alcohol? Have no fear, did you know there are other monthly clubs that deliver wine and beer? While you’re sipping on your single malt scotch, let your sweetie choose a monthly wine club or beer of the month club, so you can both enjoy an adult beverage after a hard day’s work.
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