Feb 02, 2015

SIA Scotch Whisky Review

Some scotch whiskies date back hundreds of years and conjure...

sia scotch whisky

Some scotch whiskies date back hundreds of years and conjure images of old men wearing plaid kilts and sporting impressive facial hair. But SIA, a new whisky that’s distilled and blended in Scotland but based in San Francisco, looks to buck that trend. SIA is the brainchild of Carin Luna-Ostaseski, a female scotch aficionado turned entrepreneur who–after tasting countless single malts and blends–created her own product and funded it via the crowd-sourcing platform, Kickstarter.

Currently available in markets across California, plus Chicago and parts of Florida, SIA is an approachable blend of Speyside (50%), Highlands (40%) and Islay (10%) malt and grain whiskies. Luna-Ostaseski aimed for a refined and versatile whisky, something modern that appealed to novice drinkers without alienating aficionados.

sia scotch founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski

SIA founder Carin Luna-Ostaseski

And the result: SIA Scotch Whisky pours a bright hay/gold color in the glass, with a nose full of spice, citrus, honey and vanilla. The entry is soft and the palate opens up to flavors of baking spices, cooked oranges, cereal grains and a dessert-like quality reminiscent of burnt sugar and creme brulee. It finishes easy with notes of toffee, marzipan and nuts, plus a hint of sweet smoke.

SIA is one to watch. The fledgling whisky is straightforward, easy-drinking and very approachable. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in balance and flavor. And also worth noting: SIA comes in at a very reasonable price point, which is important when you’re looking to appeal to a broad base of drinkers.

– 43% ABV
– $45

CE Rating: ★★★★

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