Monarch of The Glen 8 year old, 40%

Price: $15 Issue: Fall 2013 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

Standard blends fall into two categories: those that will behave nicely when mixed to offer almost non-whisky experience, and those that are feistier and want to make sure you know they're there. This is the former, and with whiskies like this one, it's possible to blink and miss it. That doesn't make it bad; just indistinctive and unexceptional. There is little sign of the wood here, but the delicate, sweet apricot notes just do enough.