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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.
Now, imagine if you could get rare scotch and other whiskey’s shipped right to your door to try. Well, guess what? With the best whiskey of the month clubs, you can.
- Whiskey vs Scotch vs Bourbon
- Alcohol Shipping Rules
- Best Whiskey Of The Month Clubs
- Other Whiskey Clubs To Consider
- Tracking Your Tastings
- What’s The Best Way To Drink Whiskey (Video)?
- Want More? Read Our Beer And Wine Club Reviews
Whiskey is a spirit distilled from fermented grains and aged in wooden barrels. The wooden barrels add flavors, aromas and color to the whiskey.
People make whiskey 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 spell it “whiskey,” while in Australia, Canada, Japan and Scotland it’s spelled “whisky.”
Scotch is a type of whiskey made from malted barley. 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 3 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 typically is.
Bourbon, another type of whiskey, is primarily made from corn in America. True bourbon must be made from a minimum of 51% corn — the remainder can be wheat, barley and/or rye.
Bourbon makers age it in new, charred-oak barrels, distill it to an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 80% or less and then bottle it 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. Largely because of state laws, not all companies can ship alcohol boxes to all 50 states. We’ve listed each company’s shipping restrictions in our reviews below. Note: None of these clubs can ship to Canada.
Someone who is at least 21-years-old must sign for the packages. So make sure you (or the person to whom you are gifting) are 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.
We based our rankings on several factors, including uniqueness of the liquor, subscription options, customer service, price and shipping costs.
Flaviar sends three vials of fairly exclusive alcohol in its tasting kit once per quarter, so you can enjoy less commonly stocked liquors. You are able to select your tasting kit from a large selection of liquors (and see exactly what’s included, including descriptions and user reviews), before you commit. 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. They feature many small-batch liquors that you won’t typically find on a shelf at your local bar.
Holiday Gift Idea
Flaviar’s Spirits of the World Advent Calendar makes an excellent gift for your loved one this holiday season. It contains 24 spirit sample, a glencairn glass, Flaviar coaster and a tasting notes booklet.
Flaviar whiskey sampler club has a straightforward website with a very exclusive feel to it. Its website discusses prohibition and the speakeasy movement, and is technically invite only although it’s not to difficult to get referred (okay, here you go ;-). Even the packaging has a creative design that exudes the 1920s.
Flaviar has a mobile app and free shipping once per month on anything you want to buy, and their packaging is sophisticated and high quality. 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 and rate your favorite whiskeys. You’ll also get personalized recommendations based on your favorites.
Our own Alex Schenker is a whiskey aficionado and has tasted many drams over the years (Distiller profile). His Flaviar subscription helps him grow his home bar with some unique additions, but he uses the club selectively. Here are his tips:
With the new $45 quarterly credit (they market it as a “free bottle”), the value of Flaviar is hard to beat. I almost always enter the private bottling lotteries — those tend to be very high-quality bottles at affordable prices (think Deer, Bear & Moose, a custom 14-year bottling of Dalmore, Whistlepig 12-year, Son of a Peat, etc.). While the Vault has some really rare stuff, the prices are usually overblown and available for less elsewhere.
The Vault is an exclusive feature where rare whiskeys are held (think Pappy Van Winkle) and sold to members. They often sell out quickly, so you have to act quickly.
Flaviar partners with distillers and offers the ability to purchase private bottlings (for example, the “Flaviar” blend of a Whistlepig 12 year) to its members via a lottery.
If you’re interested in trying different whiskeys, this is an excellent small-batch whiskey of the month club (or scotch or gin or whatever fills your snifter!).
Flaviar is unable to ship to: AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, IL, KY, MA, MN, MS, MT, ND, OH, OK, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV and WY.
- $31.67/month (billed quarterly at $95)
- $25.00/month (billed annually at $300)
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Memberships include $45/quarter ($180/year) in credits toward products you can buy through Flaviar.
Pour More stands out for its sheer variety of packages you can subscribe to — you get three levels of package options each for whiskey, bourbon and scotch (as well as others for tequila and rum and a bartender package to round out your home bar).
You’ll receive one 750ml bottle each month with each club package. The pricing differences are based on the quality level. For example, every monthly bottle you get with the highest (Connoisseur) package is super premium-quality liquor compared to what you’ll get with the lower-priced packages. But all of their offerings are high quality.
With each delivery, you get a hand-selected spirit as well as informational material, including whiskey profiles, tasting notes, a style guide, cocktail ideas and production techniques about each monthly selected spirit.
Pour More also gets overall solid customer reviews for their selections (especially their scotch), on-time delivery and customer support. You can cancel your subscription anytime, and they offer a 30-day return policy for unopened bottles.
Pour More is unable to ship to: AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, IL, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, MT, NH, ND, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV and WY.
The following pricing is for a month-to-month subscription. You can also prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months to receive discounts on the following monthly pricing. Shipping is an additional $15 per month.
- Explorer: $79/month
- Enthusiast : $129/month
- Connoisseur: $229/month
- Intro: $49/month
- Explorer: $79/month
- Connoisseur: $229/month
- Explorer: $89/month
- Enthusiast: $149/month
- Connoisseur: $239/month
Tasters Club offers separate subscriptions for whiskey, bourbon, scotch and many other liquors. They ship one 750ml bottle each month for your enjoyment. With each monthly bottle, you receive expert-level tasting, history and distillery notes.
Tasters Club does not announce ahead of time what bottle it’s shipping, so it’s a surprise every month. 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.
If you ever have any issues, customers rave about Tasters Club’s customer service. Unfortunately, there are many complaints of the liquor costing less than the subscription price, so customers feel like they’re not getting the best value. And shipping is $15 per delivery.
You can sign up for a month-to-month plan, and they also offer 3, 6 and 12-month subscriptions (but you don’t get discounts on their monthly pricing if you prepay for these). However, you can cancel at any time.
Tasters Club is great if you want to fill your at-home bar with various types of whiskey that you may not have access to. Or, if you’re looking for gifts for whiskey, bourbon or scotch lovers, this is an excellent choice too.
Tasters Club is unable to ship to: AL, AK, AR, HI, KY, MS, ND, OK and UT.
Shipping is an additional $15 per month.
- Whiskey: $69/month
- Bourbon: $69/month
- Scotch: $79/month
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Although these companies didn’t make our top picks, you may still want to consider them because they may offer exactly what you’re looking for.
Caskers sends two full-size top-shelf bottles in each package it ships every quarter. You can choose between their American Whiskey Club or The World of Whiskey Club for selections from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and many other countries. They automatically renew your membership, 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.
Caskers comes highly acclaimed, and each shipment includes free shipping.
Caskers is unable to ship to: AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, IL, KY, MA, MN, MS, MT, ND, OH, OK, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV and WY.
Whisky Flavour is a Portugal-based company whose club offering is most similar to our number one pick, Flaviar, in that you get sample-sized bottles rather than full-sized. They deliver four miniature bottles every month, while Flaviar delivers three quarterly.
Whisky Flavour’s approach is unique compared to other clubs we’ve seen. You have three different subscription options based on aging — 18 years, 21 years or 30 years. You can sign up monthly or prepay for 3, 6 or 12 months (but you don’t get any prepay discounts).
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information on their website about the types of whisky they ship other than they hail from the world’s most respected distilleries. There’s also a lack of information about their return policy, whether you can cancel anytime, etc.
Caution: We contacted Whisky Flavour about where they can ship to in the U.S. They replied that they can ship to all states. But we caution you here — find out what your state law is regarding having liquor shipped directly to you before you order. Some states strictly prohibit this practice. And, as a consumer, you run the risk of violating your state laws when getting liquor shipments to your home or business.
Shipping is €30 (est. $33) per month
- 18 Years: €55 (est. $61)/month
- 21 Years: €90 (est. $100)/month
- Hard To Find: €300 (est. $334-)/month
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There are many platforms and apps out there that let you keep track (and sometimes even re-order) your favorite drams. At the moment our favorite is Distiller.com because of its large database, user and expert reviews, and ability to create lists to track your drams. For example, we like to create a list of our “collection,” “top shelf,” “emptied” (so we don’t forget what we tasted) and “wishlist” for re-ordering or trying new drams.
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 4 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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