The Office Issue
The Gentleman's Dozen

The Best Scotch Under $250

Sherry finishes, peat bombs and decades-old age statements: the best premium single malt Scotch under $250 turns any event into a special occasion.

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The Office Issue
The Gentleman's Dozen

The Best Scotch Under $250

Sherry finishes, peat bombs and decades-old age statements: the best premium single malt Scotch under $250 turns any event into a special occasion.

The Scotland Issue
Drinking Heavily in the Homeland of Scotch

Lessons in Whisky, the Muse of Scotland

Robert Burns once wrote: "Oh thou, my Muse! guid auld Scotch drink; / Inspire me till I lisp and wink / To sing thy name!" Judging from our drinking experiences in Scotland, he was probably lit as hell when he penned it.

Peaty and Proud of it

Tasting Notes: Laphroaig 18

Laphroaig's 18 year old is divisive for more than its bold flavor profile -- it replaced the beloved 15 year in 2009. We give it a try.

A Dram of Tam

Tasting Notes: Cutty Sark Whiskies

Founded in 1923, Cutty Sark originally made a name for itself by offering an accessibly priced blended cocktail Scotch. By the 1960s, Cutty Sark produced the best-selling Scotch whisky in the United States; then it disappeared. In 2010, The Edrington Group bought Cutty with hopes of reviving the dying brand. The brand's new line now consists of six whiskies, three of which are available in the United States.

Peat With A Side of Whisky

Tasting Notes: Laphroaig Triple Wood

We happily endorse the lobbyists from the Friends of Laphroaig group who convinced the distillery to bring back their limited edition Laphroaig Triple Wood. In case you didn’t guess from the name, the Triple Wood matures in three different types of cask: American Oak, ex-Bourbon Barrels, 19th Century style Quarter Casks, and European Oak Butts, previously used to hold Oloroso Sherry. All three casks play different but equally important roles in the whisky’s development, and the final result is an incredible flavorful whisky with notes of oak, smoke and peat on the nose, a peaty, charred taste and well-known Islay brine after the finish.

Oldies but Goodies

Tasting Notes: Comparing Bowmore’s 12 Years Old and 15 Years Old Darkest

There’s something to be said for a little maturation. Age yields refinement, which more than compensates for lost youth. Poetic, eh? We think so. Anyways, one only has to look at Bowmore’s 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and their 15 Years Old Single Malt Darkest to see the effects of age in action. We tasted both side by side.

Strange Brew

Tasting Notes: The Glenlivet Alpha

A bottle of The Glenlivet Alpha is, well, a strange prospect. We got our hands on a bottle of this limited release Scotch -- a spirit with no details as to age, cask conditioning or tasting notes, mind you. Our gimmickry alarms bells were ringing, but fortunately, it came through in the taste department, big time. Read on for our full tasting notes.

Bee open minded

Tasting Notes: Dewar’s Highlander Honey

Putting honey into alcoholic things has a bad rap. It's effeminate, it's weak, it's a cop-out. The parallels to shitty, girly strawberry-kiwi-whipped-cream-lip-gloss vodka are overwhelming. But everyone's doing it. Now Dewar's (a Scotch!) has joined in. We're here to tell you: their take isn't wrong. It's just... different.

For your best friend, meaning you

The Balvenie 50 Year Old

In celebration of the 50-year career of malt master David Stewart, who is the longest tenured master in all of Scotland, The Balvenie Distillery has released an extremely limited run of their half-century old single malt, aptly named The Balvenie 50 Year Old. Stewart, who started the long journey of becoming a malt master back in 1962, himself marvels at the uniqueness of Cask 5576.

Occasion enough

The Glenfiddich Rare Collection: 1974 Vintage Reserve

We like a wee dram (or two) of quality Scotch during special occasions with good friends or our better halves. While plenty of quality bottles in the $100-$200 range will do the trick for most, getting a chance to sip the


Innate Trad Flask

Scotch must have been invented for autumn. Whether you’re warding off the chill on a Saturday afternoon in the bleachers, recounting adventures around a campfire or rewarding yourself for an afternoon of splitting wood, nothing warms the soul (and the belly)

Two casks, one great whiskey

Tasting Notes: Bowmore Islay Darkest 15-Year Single Malt Scotch

Bowmore produces a full range of Scotch whiskeys, from the entry-level 12 year old bottle to the 25-year, plus some really rare drams that sell for thousands at auction. One of the most interesting in the whole lineup though is
Handle Sticky Situations

Scotch Tough Duct Tape

Just as Zeus produced Ares, Hercules, and Hermes, so hath the original Duct Tape spawned Scotch's new Tough Duct Tape line. The new branding is about as redundant as it gets, but Scotch clearly wanted to reassure loyalists that the latest

For the long winter ahead

Tasting Notes: The Dalmore Scotch Quartet

Fall is the time to put away the summer drinks and open a bottle of single malt Scotch. The old stuff warms the soul, whether you’re sitting by a crackling fire with a tumbler or nipping from a flask in the

Scotch, Of A Higher Plane

Auchentoshan Three Wood Scotch

auchentoshan-three-wood-scotchNo, it's not a German highway but rather a Scotch you may not be familiar with, but should be. Distilled in the Scotland, Auchentoshan Distillery is one of the three active distilleries that remain in the Lowlands. Auchentoshan's Three Wood is,

Turning Tradition on its Nose

Compass Box Orangerie Scotch Whisky Infusion


Scotch drinkers are a finicky bunch. We know this because Gear Patrol has its share of whisky aficionados on its staff. Drinking Scotch is an activity not to be taken lightly, and is done with a great deal of reverence. So,

Glenlivet Single Malt Archive

glenlivet_archive.jpgAged 21 years, the Glenlivet Archive is a deep, multi-layered single malt with a mellow taste. The distilling process is unique producing a limited run of exceptional casks that have matured providing you with an unparalleled flavor. It has an almost creamy texture that