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Trader Joe's whisky

Postby marstars » Mon Nov 13, 2006 2:11 am

Has anyone tasted Trader Joe's whiskies? I recently saw several bottles--Bowmore, Macallan and 3 or 4 more, most 18 years old (but some 11 or 12). They were all between $30 and $40 (in Southern Cal).

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:50 pm

Looks like you did not like any of them as the best score I see is 2.5. Is there something I'm missing here???? or is it a combined score giving the aberlour five out of five.

Surely they can't be all 50% and under.

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Postby Di Blasi » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:40 pm

Nice looking presentation. Trader Joe's usually does a good job with their products, usually buying the lot, lowering their cost, or even buying out the company if they're going under, (or so I've been told), and keeping them going or producing so they can get their own name and production. And their prices are unbeatable. I wonder how these whiskies are??

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:54 pm

mikeymad wrote:
We are looking to rework this into a 10 point scale and eliminate the .5's. We really don't like the 100 point scale of our ratings.



I'm with you there on a score out of 10.... I could not honestly mark a whiskey out of 100. Too complicated for a muppet like me :lol:

Actually you scoring system is not bad at all.... just we need to be aware of you critera to understand where you are going with it. Now all is clear.

At the end of hte day I score very basically too and I always have the extra and most important bit of info appended to the end of my notes (would I buy again, simple as that really).

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Postby matte » Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:28 pm

Trader Joe's has excellent prices on most of their scotch. But as impressive as a 18 year single-malt may look at $40, the Trader Joe's label isn't neccessarily the best deal they have. I am in agreement with the scoring above.

Macallan 14 yr - $30 - sweet with a nice hint of smoke. Drinkable but not in the "very good" category.
Macallan 18 yr - $45 - pleasant, but not much going on.
Bowmore 18 yr - $40 - smooth sweet peat, more flavor than the Macallan 18, but no really exciting flavors

Based on my experience I'm going to avoid the Trader Joe's labelled scotch. From their shelves I have gotten more enjoyment from some less expensive brand-name selections: Laphroaig 10 ($30), Balvenie 12 ($35), and the Dalmore 12 ($20). They have a Highland Park 12 for $30 which I'm going to pick up today.

Trader Joe's also has Finlaggan (no year given) which is an Islay taken from an unnamed distiller. Tastes like a young Lagavuin or Laphroaig, but a good deal at $15.
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Postby sku » Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:55 am

irishwhiskeychaser wrote:
mikeymad wrote:
We are looking to rework this into a 10 point scale and eliminate the .5's. We really don't like the 100 point scale of our ratings.



I'm with you there on a score out of 10.... I could not honestly mark a whiskey out of 100. Too complicated for a muppet like me :lol:

Actually you scoring system is not bad at all.... just we need to be aware of you critera to understand where you are going with it. Now all is clear.

At the end of hte day I score very basically too and I always have the extra and most important bit of info appended to the end of my notes (would I buy again, simple as that really).


My scoring goes to 11, Spinal Tap style.

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Postby Drrich1965 » Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:55 am

sku wrote:
irishwhiskeychaser wrote:
mikeymad wrote:
We are looking to rework this into a 10 point scale and eliminate the .5's. We really don't like the 100 point scale of our ratings.



I'm with you there on a score out of 10.... I could not honestly mark a whiskey out of 100. Too complicated for a muppet like me :lol:

Actually you scoring system is not bad at all.... just we need to be aware of you critera to understand where you are going with it. Now all is clear.

At the end of hte day I score very basically too and I always have the extra and most important bit of info appended to the end of my notes (would I buy again, simple as that really).


My scoring goes to 11, Spinal Tap style.


Dude, must be one extra loud malt..singing, talk about mudflaps my baby's got em'

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The Trader Joe's Label

Postby jinenjo » Mon May 28, 2007 4:04 am

Did you try any of the others since the posting?

I'm curious about what's currently available. The Trader Joe's labels seem to change frequently. I was interested in trying the Glen Grant, now it appears to be gone from the shelves.

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Re: The Trader Joe's Label

Postby sku » Mon May 28, 2007 8:04 pm

jinenjo wrote:Did you try any of the others since the posting?

I'm curious about what's currently available. The Trader Joe's labels seem to change frequently. I was interested in trying the Glen Grant, now it appears to be gone from the shelves.

Cheers,
Lear


At my local TJ's, in LA, they currently have Glenlivet, Macallan and Bowmore under their private TJ's label. They used to have Aberlour, but I haven't seen it in a while. This Wednesday, I'm going to do a round-up of some of the obs at TJ's and I was thinking that, at some later point, I'd do a round up of their TJ's label bottlings.

http://www.recenteats.blogspot.com

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Postby Di Blasi » Mon May 28, 2007 11:57 pm

A nice selection and at very reasonable prices it seems!

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Postby Lawrence » Tue May 29, 2007 12:22 am

Ganga wrote:At various Trader Joe's around LA and out to Palm Springs, they currently have the following:

Bowmore 18 ($40)
Macallan 12 ($25)
Macallan 16 ($30)
Macallan 18 ($45)
Glenlivet 15 ($30)
Glen Grant 10 ($20)

I haven't had the Macallan 12 or the Glenlivet 15 but they scare me. I think that the best quality to price ratio is the Glen Grant 10. The Macallan 16 is only slightly less in quality than the 18.


Are these TJ's own labels?

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Postby sku » Tue May 29, 2007 1:04 am

Lawrence wrote:Are these TJ's own labels?


Yes, they are labeled as "Trader Joe's Rare Aged Scotch Whisky" and the label says bottled by Alexander Murray & Co., Broxburn, Scotland.

Has anyone heard of this bottler? A quick Google search doesn't turn up any bottlings by them except those for TJ's.

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Postby Di Blasi » Tue May 29, 2007 1:19 am

In Broxburn they bottle Glengoyne and Glenfarclas at the same facility, I believe. I wonder if the Trader Joe's bottlings are also done there?

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Re: Trader Joe's whisky

Postby Virginia Gentleman » Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:06 pm

Has anyone tried the Trader Joe's Macallan 18 and liked it?
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Re: Trader Joe's whisky

Postby sku » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:56 pm

I so disliked the Bowmore and Glenlivets from TJ's that I didn't try to the Macallan, which is substantially more expensive.

http://recenteats.blogspot.com/2007/09/ ... cotch.html

FYI, Costco now has a Kirkland labeled Macallan 18 year old also bottled by Alexander Murray, which bottles the TJ's 18 year old Macallan. Price at my Costco was $60.

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Re: Trader Joe's whisky

Postby whiskgeek » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:45 pm

I just had the 10-year Highland Trader Joe's (40%, Alexander Murray). I also thought it tasted like Tomatin. But it's been a while since I've had any of the younger Tomatins.


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