Distiller/producer: Unknown. ABV: 40%. NAS/ Price: $10 for a liter.
We in the Axis are all about the democratization of the world’s finest spirit. The more people know and try, the better the product, says I.
So thanks must be given to Trader Joes. The grocery chain carries a host of affordable spirits ranging from local delights like FEW to their own starter versions of classic whiskies, such as their very drinkable Islay Storm single malt.
However, I insist they can do better with their house blended scotch whisky. A nose of butter and last week’s unwashed fry pan give way to an initial note of dishwater and the glass you meant to rinse yesterday. Thick on the tongue and viscous on the way down, this is one you’ll want to save for the holiday party guest who fails to pick up on your hints as to how late it’s gotten.
You can’t know what’s good if you don’t know what’s bad. – TM