Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Clan MacGregor -- 185 lbs (-44) [8X]

My spidey sense told me I would run out of whisky before my weekend superstore run, so I broke down and bought a bottle of the ultimate bottom-shelf scotch: Clan MacGregor. What possessed me to do this, aside from needing to cut back on my scotch spending (which has created my very own fiscal cliff), is a surprising rating from Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013 (another lovely Xmas gift). He rates Clan MacGregor a 92 ("brilliant"), above other popular blends I've tried such as Chivas Regal 12 (83.5), Cutty Sark (78), Dewar's White Label (78.5), Famous Grouse (89), Johnnie Walker Red (87.5), and J & B Rare (88.5). And he has scored my cheap favorites rather high: Teacher's Highland Cream (90), White Horse (90.5), and Ballantine's Finest ... wait for it ... 96 ("superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live"). Considering myself to be a person of no taste, I find it refreshing that my tastes closely follow those of the world-renowned whisky guru. Take that snobs.

That said, as much as I love Ballantine's, I wouldn't rank it so extremely high, unless price was factored in (which maybe it should be, if we are considering bang for buck). And I wouldn't rank Clan MacGregor over any of the above--it tastes like a weak Highland malt--unless again, price was a factor, in which case 92 is about right. At rock bottom prices and a smooth, malty sweet taste, I'd buy Clan MacGregor again in a pinch or to balance my budget.

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