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Lagavulin 16 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-07-2013
For my palate I'm not sure this single malt can be bested around its price point. It carries heavy smoke without being overpowering - and the complexity on the finish begs to know why you would spend more on lesser scotches. A first love for many scotch drinkers, but don't be surprised if you keep coming back to this bottle after you explore the multitude of offerings on the market around this price-point.

Johnnie Walker Blue Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-07-2013
While certainly not a value buy, Johnnie Walker Blue definitely delivers the goods. Undoubtedly smooth with terrific balance of smoke and sweetness this flagship offering from Johnnie Walker can hold its own among the high end scotch offerings. Treat yourself to this iconic bottle!
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WE 95

Glenlivet 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-07-2013
This is one scotch that I always enjoy neat. Unlike the peat monsters on the market today, the delicate vanilla flavors of this Glenlivet wash over the tongue and pull you to contemplate the delicate aromas and texture. This is the perfect escape from the overpowering smoke and wood that dominate so many whiskies on the shelves today.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WE 91
Limit of 3 per customer

Macallan 12 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-07-2013
A beautiful amber color and smoothness on the palate testify to why this is a solid benchmark by which all other 12 year old whiskies can be judged. Toasted pine nut and a rich molasses finish are perfectly balanced against the oak finish which makes this a great sipper either neat or with a light splash of water. A must-have for any home bar.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WE 90 - 95

Glenlivet "Nadurra" 16 year old, Non-Chill Filtered Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 08-07-2013
At over 100 proof, this is a whisky that definitely needs some taming. A splash of water and a sliver of ice make this whisky much more approachable, though it will still pack a punch even after dilution. Elements of smoke and a hint of honey vanilla round out the finish, though I still think it lacks the smoothness of some other offerings in its age bracket. The perfect choice to warm from within on a cool evening!
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
WE 92 WA 90

2010 Bodegas Volver "Tarima Hill" Monastrell Alicante
Review Date: 08-06-2013
I've always been a big fan of Mourvedre (Monastrell in Spain), and the 2010 Tarima Hill does not disappoint. This wine is a big boy at 15% abv with lots of ripe dark fruit and hints of leather and chocolate. This a great selection to pair with grilled red meats. A very approachable wine for the novice, but with enough complexity to surprise the discerning drinker - and a steal at under $15! I'll be very interested to see how this wine evolves over the next 5-7 years.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
RP 93 ST 90