You’ll Be Surprised What We Thought of Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt Scotch

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Ah, Trader Joe’s, how we love you. A favorite among the budget-conscious and healthy eaters among us, TJ’s is where you can grab quality produce, earth-friendly skin care products and toiletries without killing your bank account. But did you know you can stock up your liquor cabinet, too? And no, we’re just talking about Two-Buck Chuck. We mean the hard stuff, folks.

Most of you already know Trader Joe’s sells some good liquor brands (including Bulleit, Milagro and Hendrick’s), but some may not know there are also Trader Joe’s branded spirits. TJ’s has managed to have its own versions of everything from scotch to tequila, but there’s still one question: Are they any good? Even for their extremely low price?

To answer that question, we paired up with Crystal Chasse from San Francisco’s Blackbird and Dirty Habit and tasted them one by one. Our fifth installment is a review of the Highland single-match scotch ($30).

Like TJ’s bourbon, this single malt isn’t too complex. Unlike its bourbon, this scotch has a nice balance and solid finish. It explodes with the flavor of honey; it’s right there in your face. The finish has a some green or black pepper notes, and when sniffing, there’s a light florally smell. This probably won’t be your favorite scotch, but for the price, it’s really not bad. Try it in a Hot Toddy.

Verdict: Not too shabby

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Discussion (5)

  • jjlasne.41ef3a1 posted 10 months ago

    Who makes it?!? Any idea?

  • rickyleepotts posted 10 months ago

    Interesting. I am not sure the locations in Arizona sell spirits. They sell beer and wine... But I've never seen spirits inside a Trader Joe's.

  • BILLD posted 10 months ago

    It's a wonder how every (4) other reviews of this dishwater,and and anti freeze mixture could /would get a " not bad " , on this web page.......unless it's your 5th or 6th
    glass of decent single malt scotch first tasted then it may not be too bad...... nah, still not good !

  • Sambo posted 10 months ago

    We made the mistake of getting this for a Scotch lover. We all sampled it and it tastes like bog juice, rotting tobacco, and some unidentifiable industrial cleaner. The aftertaste was that of how burning electronics smells. Sort of phenolic... None of us wanted a second taste. Be advised this stuff was awful.

  • JGrill posted 10 months ago

    Why should I spend $30.00 on that, when I can get get Glenfiddich 12 for the same price?


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