Category Archives: Scotch

Drunken Whiskey Review: Drumguish Scotch Whisky

Intro

It’s about time we fire up the old Drunken Whiskey Review machine with another bargain scotch called Drumguish Scotch Whisky. You’ve definitely seen it on the bottom or second to bottom shelf of the packie, hanging out next to some of the weirder scotches that are sold for anywhere from $20- $40. Let me just say this, the 20-40 dollar range of scotch is a wild, wild fucking world. You have zero idea what you’re going to get. Some of them are awesome, and some are absolute garbage. Much more of a wide range than the other kinds of whiskies, too. With rye or bourbon, 20-40 dollars is guarenteed to get you a good whiskey. But with Scotch it could go either way. So which way does Drumguish Scotch fall on? Let’s find out.

How to Drink It

First of all, I have no damn idea how to actually pronounce this whiskey. I’m calling it “Drumbush” because I think that’s hilarious and I also kind of think it’s actually correct. We tried this whiskey full strempf, on the rocks, and in a shot (no mixed drinks for Scotch, that’s for the birds). The absolute best way to drink Drumguish is on the rocks, and it’s not even really that close. In fact, you should drink this whiskey along with a couple ice cold beers, because it really is the perfect companion. It’s like a pallete cleanser, just like that ginger shit you get with sushi. Those Asians definitely had it right with that shit. Have a couple beers, drink some Drum bush in between, and you’re golden.

 

Flavor

This is going to sound completely out of left field, but this whiskey actually kind of tastes like cereal. And not Lucky Charms or any good cereal, but it almost reminds me of unfrosted mini-wheats. Or Wheeties. Is there any difference between those cereals, by the way? What even are Wheeties? Do they actually give you athletic ability like I’m assuming they do? Anyway, this Scotch tastes exactly like those cereals, except it doesn’t suck. It’s not that great, but it doesn’t suck. And when you’re alone in a supermarket, completely overwhelmed, what do you do? You reach for a box of Wheeties because there’s an off chance that you become a super athlete or a super hero or something. So next time you’re in the packie and you’re either completely overwhelmed or completely wasted, just try this stuff and see what happens. You definitely won’t regret it, but you probably won’t be winning any gold medals, either.

Wrap Up

So Drumguish Scotch Whisky is definitely worthy of a try. I wouldn’t go ordering it in any bars anytime soon, and to be honest I probably won’t be buying it again anytime soon, but I definitely will keep it in mind. Like I said it’s a great whiskey for sipping in between beers when you’re trying to get drunk fast, but other than that it’s really nothing to write home about. So go ahead, give it a try, or don’t. I quite literally could not care less.

 

 

Drunken Whiskey Review: The Glenrothes Select Reserve Scotch Whisky

Intro

The Glenrothes Select Reserve comes from the Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery. Holy hell my fingers already hurt from typing up that bonkers-long name. From the Glenrothes themselves, they traditionally bottle single malts from specific vintages, and this particular bottle of whiskey has no age statement. So needless to say the Scottish’s jimmies were instantly rustled because they didn’t put an age on the bottle. Funny stuff. Anyway, this is sort of billed as a drinkable scotch, something you can sip easily and have on hand all the time.

 

How to Drink It

It’s Scotch, so we know you’re either going to be drinking it full strempf or on the rocks. And to be honest I’m going to have to endorse on the rocks with this one here. Maybe it’s because we’re reviewing this in the dead heat of summer, but it just tasted way better. The water brought out some better flavors, and to be honest,  this Glenrothes Select Reserve didn’t taste all that drinkeable full strempf. Just left a strange aftertaste in your mouth. All of that went away when you add in the ‘cube life to the mix.

Flavors

Very interesting flavors going on here for a Scotch whisky. It starts off with the usual suspects: smokey, toasted wheat. But there’s actually a decent amount of fruit aroma/taste that you get. Almost like if you took that lady who makes the bananas:

and roasted her over an open fire, and then aged whiskey inside her hat. Sure you get some weird strawberry/mango flavors from time to time, but you know that that smug asshole died to make it so it’s all good.

Editor’s Note: spot on analogy.

So yes, we’re actually fans of Glenrothes Select Reserve. Does it provide exactly what you’d expect from a single malt Scotch? Hell no. But everyone always needs a wild card in their group, and there are quite simply not enough of them in the scotch world. So we’re all in. Kind of wish we could see more in terms of flavor profile and depth, but it is a solid whiskey to have in your arsenal.

 

 Wrap Up

Overall, Glenrothes Select Reserve is a very good whiskey. There is a little bit to be desired with flavor which is why we took off some points, but we also added points because I fucking hate that banana lady and I always have, and Glenrothes Select Reserve figured out a way to kill her for good. Rest in pieces, you fruit bitch.

Drunken Whiskey Review: Johnny Walker Red Label

 

Intro

Everyone knows Johnny Walker Red Label. The bastard younger brother of Johnny Black. Obviously Johnny Black is good stuff. But you can’t necessarily afford it every single time you want to drink whiskey. So we figured we’d let the people know about Johnny Walker Red. Johnny Walker claims it’s red label is the world’s best selling scotch. It’s a blend of a shit load of different Johnny whiskies from different parts of Scotland, and it’s designed to be a “table whiskey,” meaning something you can drink everyday and use in many different ways. If you haven’t noticed here at Whiskey on the House, we like most whiskies. This was not one of them. And it never will be.

How to Drink It

Excuse me for being blunt. But I fucking hate this whiskey. I don’t know what it is. I just get angry when I look at the god damn bottle. So if you’re asking me how to drink it, I’d say with a pint of bleach because you’re going to want to kill yourself for buying it. But go ahead, take a shot of it. And I say that solely because that’s the quickest way to turn this stuff into what it really is: piss.

Flavor

Flavor? Let’s see. When you pour it into your Solo Cup, you get a nice whiff of barbasol mixed with a wet cat. It’s really quite refreshing. And then once it hits your lips,  let’s just say the knife in the kitchen starts to look awfully appetizing.  There’s something about this whiskey that makes you think extremely violent thoughts. It tastes like hot garbage.

Wrap up

Don’t buy Johnny Walker Red Label. Don’t do it to yourself.

 

Price: $ Whocares.00

 

 

 

Drunken Whiskey Review Grand Macnish 12 Year Old Scotch Drunken Whisky Review

Intro

grand macnish scotch reviewThere’s two things that make us go full chub here at Whiskey on the House. The first is whiskey, and the second is cheap whiskey. So  needless to say with the Grand Macnish 12 Year Old Scotch, my laptop is at eye level while I’m typing this sitting down. Cheap whiskey to me is unlike any other “cheap” kind of booze. Whereas cheap vodka is borderline poison, cheap whiskies can often be pretty damn good, they usually just lack the finesse and finish of some more expensive bottles.

How to Drink It

I recommend using this whisky when making Scotchtails (you fucking like that don’t you). It mixes really well, giving you a good balance of the spirit itself as well as complimenting the flavors in the drink. My personal favorite with this one is a Rusty Nail (link is a list of kickass whiskey cocktails, including the Rusty Nail) ((I’ve never felt the need to explain what a link leads to until now after every celebrities’ tits are all over the internet)). Full strength is another good way to enjoy this whisky, and I’m not sure what kind of lunatic takes shots of Scotch, but don’t do it. Overall recommendation is to drink this whisky in a cocktail.

Flavor

So at first sip the first thing you’ll definitely pick up on is that it smells like goddamn nature. Like roasted nuts and flowers nature. You’d swear you’ve suddenly turned into one of those crackhead city squirrels who are still obsessed with digging for nuts, but for some reason are completely unphased by human beings. When it hits your tongue, it actually tastes dry which I found really weird but good at the same time, and another contradiction: the body tastes fruity/sweet and sour at the same time. I’m not sure what kind of voodoo Mr. Macnish got himself into, but he’s out to confuse all of our taste buds. The finish goes back to making you feel like that weird drunk squirel again, with strong notes of moss and just plain earth. Side note, if that adjective of “Earth” flies with you, I’m absolutely appalled. I just said a whisky tastes like the goddamn earth. Like I could not be any less specific if I tried. It literally tastes like Earth. I don’t know what on Earth, but just everything.

Wrap Up

So please excuse my self-intervention in terms of word choice and vocabulary. Overall this is a great option for Scotch if you’re looking to spend a few bucks and if you want to make some sweet Scotchtails. But if you’re looking for something full bodied and great to sip on, you might want to look elsewhere.

 

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Drunken Whiskey Review: Ardbeg 10 Scotch Whisky

Intro

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We definitely feel like we’ve been lacking some Scotch reviews here at Whiskey on the House. I was suggested to try this Ardbeg 10 at the bar a couple nights ago, and after the first sip I knew I had to write down some notes to review it. As the name suggests, it’s an extremely unique Scotch.

 

How to Drink It

I can’t say this strongly enough: drink this full strength or don’t drink it at all. It’s unbelievably complex and smooth and goes down like water. First off the color is way lighter than the taste. It almost looks like it’s watered down, but don’t be mistaken: this shit is strong. Now I only tried this whisky full strength, but I wouldn’t dare take a shot or even have it in a mixed drink. Definitely pour yourself a glass of this when you’re listening to music with a few buddies, or if you’re at a bar and want to try something new, all while impressing the bartender for your awesome taste in whisky.

 

Flavor

The best thing I can think of to say is that Ardbeg 10 tastes like a fucking bonfire. The aftertaste is almost dry with a hint of that bonfire taste, ash, and an earthy, dark chocolate taste. It’s honestly just exciting to keep sipping this whisky because you really do notice something different every time you sip. Just picture yourself drinking from a river in the woods of Scotland, and this is what you’d taste.

 

Wrap-Up

Overall this Ardbeg 10 is now one of my favorite Scotches. I’m extremely happy the bartender recommended this one for me, and I can’t wait to buy myself (another) bottle. A lot of whiskies can sometimes start tasting the same, but Ardbeg 10 would never run into that particular problem.