Happy National Scotch Day! Scotch of the Month: Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 YO

20120421_160102Alright, my scotch lovin’ Dirty Turbanites, we’re a bit late on our Scotch of the Month, but, look what arrived courtesy of laphroaig.com just in time for National Scotch Day – Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 18 YO!!

As their slogan says this 18 YO single malt is a “big peaty slap in the face.” Perfect!

Sure it’s a bit pricey at $73, but it’s worth every shekel. What we have here is an amazingly rich Islay scotch with floral notes followed by smoke, liquorice, toffee and a faint hint of spice. Wonderful and sensational. What more can we say? How about, give us more, this is hot stuff!

We give it 5 out of 5 Dirty Turbans.

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Scotch of the Month: Ron Burgundy Great Odin’s Raven Special Reserve Scotch Whisky

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Ok, I’ve been waiting for this bottle to arrive for awhile and now that it’s finally here the best I can say is that 60% of the time it’ll get you drunk every time.

Ron Burgundy Great Odin’s Raven Special Reserve Scotch Whisky is a blend of 60% malt whisky and 40% grain whisky sourced from the Speyside, Highlands and Islay regions of Scotland. It has a formidable scent of rich mahogany and old, leather-bound books. Overall it’s pretty darn good for what it is – sweet, fruity, mildly spicy and cheap, about $25 a bottle. So pour yourself a few fingers and break out the jazz flute for one fine evening.

We give it 3 out of 5 Dirty Turbans.

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Scotch of the Month: Springbank 10 Year Old 100 Proof

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Here at the Dirty Turban we may take our sports with a touch of sarcasm, but we are serious when it comes to our scotch. This months selection – Springbank 10 Year Old 100 Proof – was sent to us by a fellow scotch snob we’ll call “Scotty McShitfaced.”

We were skeptical at first. I mean who sends someone they have never met a $60 bottle of scotch, but, after sampling, we tip our dirty turban in your general direction, sir.

Produced in Campbeltown – a region that once had 28 distilleries and produced a lot of whisky, but is now down to just three active distilleries – Springbank single-malt begins its life in bourbon barrels and finishes out in sherry casks. The unique distilling process gives it a rich, sweet, smoky, kind of toffee-like flavor. After one dram we were hoping someone had sent us a cigar as well.

Thanks for the bottle, Scotty. Cheers. We give it 3.5 Dirty Turbans.

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Scotch of the Month: Kirkland Speyside – 20 Year

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Alright, let’s add a second bottle for the shortest month. I’ve been eyeing this at *ahem* Costco and curious how a 20 year-old could go for $45. More to be curious about when label checking: The distillery is not revealed. It’s just noted as “Speyside,” which is a kind of a big place. Not to be deterred by a bargain priced scotch we gave it a shot…then a few more.

The verdict? This is a 20 year-old single malt with no major flaws for under 50 bucks. If your wallet is hurting and you don’t mind a slight downgrade in quality, then we recommend grabbing a bottle. Then grab another one after a taste.

We give it 3 out of 5 Dirty Turbans.

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Scotch of the Month: Bunnahabhain Toiteach

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Toiteach (pronounced “Toe-Chack”) is Gaelic for “Smoky” and Bunnahabhain (pronounced “Bunnkjhgchklydgjgjs”) is Galeic for “shut up and drink me.”

*In my best Sean Connery accent* That’s right, a heavily peated Bunnahabhain. You can taste the authenticity!

This is a single malt, un-chillfiltered, raw and old-school beast that will kick you right in the kilt.

We give it 4 out of 5 Dirty Turbans.

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