Scotch For Every Budget: My Top Picks.

I know, you hear the word scotch, and you immediately think that is way out of my budget. Maybe that was true in the early days. In today’s time that just is not the case. With new brands exploding in the market these days. you now have plenty of scotch for every budget. I thought that I would look around and see if I could find a couple of these spirits that could be affordable to just about everyone on the planet. Today I have found four noteworthy Blended Scotch Whiskey that I think that all of you would enjoy. You are going to see a name or two that you recognize, and maybe a name or two that you have never heard of. Perhaps you will learn something about this spirit that you didn’t know about. To be honest with you, there was a few things that I did not know until I started to do some research. I hope that you enjoy this article as much as I do.

Johnnie Walker Black Label:Johnnie Walker Black Label:

This brand of scotch is a true icon in a sea of other Scotch Whiskey brands. This iconic Scotch Whiskey is made from whiskey aged for a minimum of twelve years. And sourced from the four corners of Scotland. Johnnie Walker Black Label has a smooth, deep character. The perfect spirit to be shared at any occasion. Whether it is a night out on the town, or you are just hanging out with some friends while at home.

Hanging out at home is my favorite to enjoy this fine blended Scotch Whiskey. Even more so, now that the country is starting to close doors again. Dang virus. Take in the scent of rich and tropical fruits, with a hint of vanilla. Savor the flavor developed from maturation in oak casks, combined with creamy toffee notes, that come naturally from grain whiskey.

This iconic brand has a smooth and warming smoke finish. A characteristic of all Johnnie Walker Scotch Whiskey. This brand of Scotch Whiskey, offers a variety of blends to choose from. Of course there is Johnnie Walker Black Label, but let us not forget their other offerings. Johnnie Walker Red Label, Johnnie Walker Double Black Label, Johnnie Walker Green Label, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Johnnie Walker Aged Eighteen Years, and the newest member of the family, Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

The best place that I have found to purchase these fine aged spirits is at DRIZLY.COM

Ballantines Finest Scotch Whiskey:

Simply a slightly sweet blend, with a touch of vanilla, perfect for mixing to get the evening off to a great start. Start your night with a blended Scotch Whiskey that has stayed true to its original recipe since 1910. The taste is a balance of subtle, sweet flavors like milk chocolate, red apples, and vanilla. The aromas are a soft, elegant, heather honey with a hint of spice. With a light gold color, and a fresh and floral after-taste leaves you with a well-rounded glow.

Ballentine’s 12; Creamy with a honey like sweetness. Try it over ice by its self or in some soda. This blend is one of the master blender’s favorites. A honey sweet blend of whiskey, that has been aged for twelve years or more. The taste of this blend has complex honey, and floral flavors, with a creamy oak sweetness. you will be able to smell the sweet honey with hints of oak, and vanilla. The golden honey color will awaken your senses. The back end of this blend is long-lasting, refreshing, and sweet.

Ballentine’s Seventeen; As named this Scotch Whiskey is aged for seventeen years. Sweet, fruity, and gently spiced, this is sure to be a drink to impress and share with friends and family, especially for this holiday season. This one is the worlds first and most awarded seventeen year old Blended Scotch Whiskey. An impressive blend of whiskeys, complex, vibrant honey sweetness, with creamy vanilla flavors, with hints of oak and spicy liquorice dance on your tounge. You will smell the smooth vanilla and oak with a sensation of smoke. Still, with a clear, golden amber color. Long, sweet and smooth with a hint of spice, at the finish, will leave you wanting one more cocktail. It may prove difficult to get your friends to leave after serving one of these to them. The best place I found to purchase this well blended Scotch Whiskey is at

DRIZLY.COM Ballentines Finest:

Macallen Estate:

Treasuring the past, the people at Macallen Estate place immense value on history, and the choices that were made in the past, that have shaped the company into who they are today. The knowledge they have gleaned shapes their purpose, pushing them to continually innovate and make bold decisions, while holding on to what matters most. This awareness and intention to treasure what has gone before in history is one of the reasons to have launched an official Fine and Rare collection back in 2002.

This Blended Scotch Whiskey will take you on a journey through the years. A bridge between the past and the future. The Macallens Fine and Rare vintages bridge the past, as well as the future. They each bring a beautiful uniqueness. The distil those elements that confer greatness on the Macallen and, in doing so, on those who made them. They are, as one collection, the sensory proof that the skill, vision, and passion that have long characterized one of the world’s greatest spirits remain as sacrosanct today, as they have always been.

The Macallen Estate has plenty of fine Blended Scotch Whiskey for you to try. The best place that I have found to purchase Macllen Estates Blended Scotch Whiskey is at


The Glenlivet:

This is my fourth and final pick, I saved the best one for last.

Caribbean Reserve; Introducing a single malt with a bold, tropical twist. Aged in a single cask oak barrel selectively finished in barrels that were previously used to hold Caribbean Rum. Bold, smooth, and tropical flavors. A well-balanced and exceptionally smooth finish. You will smell the notes of pear, and red apple to meet a fabulous tropical twist of bananas in syrup. Taste rich caramel notes, followed by flavors of tropical fruit. Enjoy this unique spirit neat, over ice, topped with coconut water or in a Mai Tai.The Glenlivet:

Founders Reserve; Boasting the classic flavors of The Glenlivet, bound up in a creamy smooth texture. This one is a salute to the one who started it all. Pale gold in color, aged in traditional oak and American First Fill. Brings the flavor of creamy sweetness, and zesty fruits. Leaves you with a long creamy smooth taste, that you will be happy to carry around on your tounge all day. You will smell citrus fruit, sweet orange. Taste zesty orange, pear, toffee, and apples. A nice blend of Scotch Whiskey to be enjoyed light dishes of salmon.

Heritage 12 Year Old; This blend of Glenlivet Scotch Whiskey, is smooth balanced, and fruity. An invitation to indulgence in the form of a liquid. Bright vibrant gold color. Single cask aged in European and American oak barrels. The flavor is delicately balanced with strong pineapple notes. Leaves a long, creamy smooth finish. Smells like fruit and the air of summer. Just what you need on a long cold winter night. Taste of a well-balanced whiskey, fruity with strong notes of pineapple. Perfect to have with some seared scallops. There are several blends of this excellent Blended Scotch Whiskey, we could be here all day listing the blends. The best place that I have found to purchase this spirit is at DRIZLY.COM


Have A Safe And Happy Holiday:

I hope that you and your loved ones have a safe and happy holiday season.

Please remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own. Your friend John D.

Have a blessed day my friends.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year For Alcohol: Three Day Sale.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for alcohol. Friends and family will be stopping by to say hi, as well as see how you are doing. This is the perfect time for you to stock up on all the alcohol that you know your friends and family love to drink. For the next three days, Friday- Sunday you can stock up for less. Yes you heard me right, we are having another weekend sale, just for you. You know that everyone will stop by, and you know that they love to have a cocktail or two. However, they do not need to know that you got their favorite beverages on sale. This will be our little secret.

Blood Orange Scotch And Soda:Blood Orange Scotch:


1) 2 ounces of scotch

2) Half an ounce of rich blood orange syrup

3) Half an ounce of strained lime juice

4) A pinch of salt

5) Club soda

To Make; Combine all ingredients except for the club soda, into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice in a champagne flute. Top off with the club soda and garnish with a blood orange slice. And for extra flair this holiday, and to add a little sweetness, use a cardamom sugar rim. ( Optional )

For the blood orange syrup: Slice one blood orange crosswise into 1/4 inch rounds. In a saucepan combine with half a cup of water, half cup of sugar, 15 peppercorns, and 15 all spice berries. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, and strain into a jar. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

Glen Groni:


1) 2 ounces of Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve

2) Half an ounce of Campari

3) Half an ounce of simple syrup ( water and sugar in equal parts boiled )

4) Half an ounce of sweet vermouth

5) 3/4 an ounce of lemon juice

6) 1 ounce of club soda or sparkling wine

To Make; Add all ingredients except the club soda and sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake for about ten seconds, strain into a highball glass ( Tall Glass ). Then top off with the club soda, or the sparkling wine, and enjoy.Glen Groni:

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Nimrod The Ice Breaker:


1) 2 ounces of Shakelton Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

2) Half an ounce of preserved citrus peel syrup*

3)2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

To Make; Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with some ice. Strain over one large fresh ice cube in a rocks glass ( short glass ). Garnish with preserved citrus peel.

* preserved citrus peel syrup: Using a vegetable peeler, peel segments of an orange or other citrus fruit, being careful not to cut too deeply into the pith ( white underlayment of the fruit ). Muddle the peels with sugar, add hot water to melt the sugar. Store for at least 48 hours for the citrus peels to preserve.Nimrod Ice Breaker:

Rusty Nail:


1) 1 ounce of Drambuie Scotch Iqueur

2) 1 ounce of Scotch Whiskey

To Make; Pour both ingredients into a rocks glass ( short glass ). With a large format ice cube. Stir gently and enjoy. ( Garnish with a twist of lemon optional )

Sparkle Spumante:


1) 3 ounces of Barefoot Bubbly Muscato Spumante

2) Half an ounce of Peach Schnapps

3) 1/4 ounce of raspberry syrup

4) Half an ounce of orange juice ( optional )

5) Frozen raspberries

To Make; IMPORTANT chill all ingredients before assembling. Add peach schnapps, syrup, and juice to a champagne flute. Top off with the Barefoot Bubbly Muscato Spumante. Garnish with floated raspberries. ( optional )Sparkling Spumante:

Berry Merry Christmas:


1) 4 ounces of Barefoot Bubbly Berry

2) 1 ounce of chilled pomegranate juice

3) Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract

4) Pomegranate seeds, or frozen berries

To Make; Place the pomegranate seeds or berries in the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Add the chilled pomegranate juice and vanilla extract to the flute, and top off with the Barefoot Bubbly Berry. And enjoy.

Citrus Mint Pinot Grigio:


1) 1 Liter of Naked Grape Pinot Grigio

2)1Lemon thinly sliced

3) 1 Lime thinly sliced

4) 1 Handful of fresh mint leaves

To Make; Combine all the ingredients into a large pitcher. Let chill for 2-4 hours, or overnight if you can wait that long! Serve chilled or over ice in a rocks glass ( Short Glass ).

Chambord Spritz:


1) 4 and a half ounces of Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

2) 1 ounce of Chambord Liqueur

3) Club Soda

To Make; Fill a large wine glass with some ice. Add the Chambrod Liqueur, white wine, and the club soda. Give it a stir and enjoy. Have this one at your next gathering with friends and family.White Wine Spritz:

Well I hope that you can enjoy one or two of these holiday cocktails. If you ask me that is what the holidays are for, spending time with our friends and our family. All the ones that we hold near and dear to us. With the way that this year has gone, we can all use a little time with the people that we love.

And there is no better way to celebrate than to have some delightful cocktails to serve are loved ones. Be a gracious host and stock up on some of your favorite alcohol beverages. Remember that this is a sale. You are going to get $8.00 off any purchase of $30.00 or more. All you have to do is use the code HOME8 at checkout. Thanks for hanging out with me today.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive. The life you save may very well be your own.

Your friend John D. Have a blessed weekend my friends.