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Deerstalker 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt, Scotland Add to ...

  • Rating 91
  • Price $84.95

I’m moderately surprised this brand made it past the social-responsibility watchdogs at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The name is essentially an English and Scottish term for what we would call a deer hunter. Yes, there are usually guns involved. But deer stalking is a long and noble tradition in Scotland, and the stalkers, keen students of the local topography, enjoy a certain vaunted status. Safe to say many have rewarded themselves over the centuries with a dram or two at day’s end. Me, I’d rather just get straight to the whisky. A fine, full-bodied spirit this is, rich with malted-barley roundness and well-integrated, sherry-saturated oak, which imparts a nuance of fruit. There are cameo appearances from honey, heather and spice, too, with substantial smoky peat wafting through from start to finish. You may have to exercise skill at hunting it down, though; it’s only available in limited quantities at select Ontario stores.

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