2020 was not an ideal year for getting out and about... If you can't get along to whisky clubs in person, there are lots of different ways you can buy whisky to enjoy at home - ranging from placing an online order, to popping in to your local specialist. But what if you want to try a range of whisky every month, and need a little help choosing drams to taste?
A growing trend is for mail-order whisky subscriptions. For a monthly fee, dedicated specialists will select a range of the best and most interesting whiskies for you to try, and send them straight to your front door. Easy.
Here's my list of the five of the best monthly whisky subscriptions in the UK for 2021. In no particular order these are:
THE DRAM TEAM
The Dram Team look to bring out-of-the-ordinary whisky tastings right to your door. You can read our full review of The Dram Team here. But in summary they have a variety of subscription models, including: limited edition single boxes; a one-month subscription; quarterly; half-annual; and, annual. Each box includes five 25ml samples, a sixth 10ml sample of a super premium whisky, and tasting notes for all six drams. You can read our review of one of their boxes, the Glen Collection, here. A single month will normally cost you £29.99, but TopWhiskies readers get 20% off their first delivery! Visit the site using this link to get your discount now.
THE SUMMERTON CLUB
The Summerton Club are one of our favourites, offering a slightly different model to the monthly dram delivery. In this case, they send you a full bottle (yes, you read that right, a full normal size bottle) of whisky every other month - so six bottles a year. The Summerton Club is priced at £50 every other month, to chime with the bottle deliveries. The whiskies they pick aren’t those you’d find in the supermarket - they search out unique and rare whiskies, off the beaten track, often from independent bottlers. And having found them, they offer them at that £50 (every other month) price point - including P&P. Unbelievable deal.
Drams To Your Door
OK, so technically this isn't a subscription service as such - because you have to order each set one by one, whenever you want one. But, brought you by the stars behind Milroy's of Soho, Drams To Your Door have some fantastic three-measure (30ml) flights. The sets start from £20, and go up to £190 for a trio of 40 year old whiskies. But there are plenty to choose from within the £20 to £40 range.
Remember that joy when, as a kid, your mum handed you a squeezy pouch of fruit juice on a hot summer's day? Well, you'll get that same joy, this time as a grown-up, when Whisky Me send you a squeezy pouch of delicious whisky - whatever the weather. For just £7.95 a month (or £7.00 if you sign up for a year's subscription), Whisky Me will send you a 50ml pouch of rare or exclusive whisky - from the packaging, through the free postage, to the delicious dram, this service is set up to make you feel that joy once a month.
Pour & Sip
From the team behind Master of Malt and Drinks By The Dram, Pour & Sip deliver 5 drams to your door once a month (or, once every other month if you'd like them a little less frequently). For anyone who has tried Drinks By The Dram, you'll recognise their characteristic wax-sealed minis. The boxes cost £29.99, which includes UK postage.
What's your favourite whisky club?
Which of these takes your fancy? Or are you already a member of a whisky club, virtual or otherwise? I'd love to hear, so please do leave me a comment below. And, if you'd like to read my personal favourite, here's an article about the best monthly whisky subscription club in the UK here.
And, if you're interested in whiskies by the dram, make sure you check out Cheaper By The Dram for rare whiskies by the dram, and Secret Spirits for premium scotch whisky advent calendars.