Friday, September 26, 2008

White Horse Scotch Whisky

I am well aware that the odds are, you're probably not a big whisky drinker. Even lower are the odds that you're a Scotch whisky drinker. I understand that whisky isn't for everyone, really I do. But the thing is, I am a big fan, and this is my blog-and I've absolutely fallen in love with White Horse Scotch over the past month or so, and it is for that reason that it's this week's selection for Booze Of The Week. Well that and I haven't delved into the realm of spirits yet, choosing instead beers and wines thus far.

White Horse was originally distilled in 1861, and was used as the carriage whisky for the White Horse Inn in Edinburgh (hence the name). It is a blended whisky, containing 40% single malts including the infamous Talisker Scotch whisky. Talisker is well know for being an extremely peat-y single malt (unlike other whiskies, Scotch's malted barley is cooked in peat-fueld kilns which gives it that smokey flavor), and that taste of peat definately translates to White Horse. It's a mellow, full-bodied Scotch with a fair amount of honey and peat in the taste profile.

It's not a starter whisky, but instead a nice bridge between blended whiskies and single malt whiskies, giving homage to both. Some folks swear by blended Scotch's like Johnnie Walker, while others swear by single-malt whiskies like MacAllen. I think this is a scotch that can satisfy both palates, and that is why it's this week's selection for Booze Of The Week.


Anonymous said...

i have to agree with you. i started drinking white horse a few weeks ago on a whim after a party that reminded me of how much i like scotch, and my friends are already sick of hearing me extol its virtues! it's become my whisky of choice almost overnight.


Jeremy Smith said...


I've been drinking it for years, and it's never let me down. The LSD of the scotch world, you'll find insight and solace in it's deep and broad arms... the best ever: recommended by connoisseurs, effete drunks and true scotch lovers the world over. A bargain at twice the price!



Deacon said...

Like Jeremy, I'm a long time White Horse fan. I haven't found another blend to beat it in close to 25 years...So here's to the best blend on the planet....Slainte Mhath!


Eric in ABQ said...

Wow. . . I just bought a bottle of White Horse on sale at my local discount liquor store for 10 dollars, and I can't believe the value -- the price card said it is usually 20. A whisky of this caliber for 10 dollars is truly remarkable, and I'm going to have to go back and buy a few more bottles before the sale ends. Other inexpensive blends like Johnny Walker Red Label and Dewar's don't hold a torch to this stuff!

Cheers, Eric in Albuquerque

Bryan Owen said...

While I prefer Teacher's when it comes to Scotch for under $20 a 1/5 (I like the smoky character), White Horse is a great bargain for the price.

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