I don’t know how to put this, but my Ron Burgundy Blended Scotch Whisky is kind of a big deal.
Or so the back label proclaims. And it might be right.
Quite possibly the surest sign of the apocalypse you’re likely to come across this year, Ron Burgundy of “Anchorman” the movie fame is now a Scotch brand. A Scotch based on the end credits of a questionable (but undeniably funny) movie is some sort of commentary on our culture today. What that commentary is, I have no idea.
An 80 proof bottling, this light molasses colored dram is a blended scotch labeled as “Great Odin’s Raven” Special Reserve. Special is right.
On the nose it exhibits a slight fruitiness with orange and cinnamon. Don’t take too deep a whiff as it will curl your nose hairs! A hint of oak drifts up on the second or third take.
The first sip is surprisingly smooth with butterscotch and orange peel taking the first pass. Malt and cereal grain follow close behind. The mid-body fills out with some oak and just slight hints of smokey peat.
The finish leaves you a bit off with the oak coming forward to throw the balance askew. It’s a subtle — but noticeable — presence. The oaky build-up that can accumulate keeps this from getting a higher rating.
It ends up being on the sweeter side with a chewy body and after taste. All in all, a respectable offering that proves to be more than just a gimmick. At just north of $20, this is a better showing than others in its price bracket.
This is the ultimate gift whisky. Its flavor is accessible to most people, especially if they’ve at least tried a Scotch or two. It is instantly recognizable and good for a laugh. But the fact that it is also very drinkable puts it over the edge. I am guessing that the vast majority of sales of this expression are for gifts. It is safe to say I have purchased this bottle more times than any other, and I’m still only on my first one personally. Stock up now for those unexpected gifting opportunities. From one very happy recipient: “Best wedding present ever!”
80° proof; $25/bottle