Advent 05: Aberlour 6y Batch 8 with Dan

The fifth of advent, a 40 full of cheer. Corona got you trapped inside, why not drink a whole box of whisky. What could possibly go wrong? Aberlour is a distillery we don’t get much of – one review and one BattleScotch in the past, one review coming up sometime this year. This Aberlour 6y […]

Advent 05: Aberlour 6y Batch 8 with Dan

Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter Art Print 2019 with Dan

This year’s Collective Arts print tube is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter, something a little different. The print is a bird motif from Kait Cooper, check out her stuff and maybe buy something. You can also order direct from the Brewery during these end of days, here’s their store and here’s what we thought: nose […]

Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter Art Print 2019 with Dan

Advent 04: Dufftown 10y Batch 4 with Dan

Advent Number Four! Dufftown, home of Duff Breweries, offers a 10y whisky. I’ve never had a Dufftown before because I didn’t think it was real. It sounds like a fake whisky from a cartoon. What is Dufftown? It’s Singleton of Dufftown, aka Singleton, apparently. I last encountered this whisky hanging upside down in an airport […]

Advent 04: Dufftown 10y Batch 4 with Dan

Collective Arts Artisanal Dry Gin with Brenna & Gill

Another craft gin on our whisky blog – whatever. We’re gonna drink whatever we… chose to afford to drink. Collective Arts Artisanal Dry Gin. As much as we wish Collective Arts, the Hamilton local brewer and distiller well, well… maybe we’re not going to chose to afford their stuff in the future. We tried their […]

Collective Arts Artisanal Dry Gin with Brenna & Gill

Advent 03: Bunnahabhain 10y Batch 14 with Dan

The third tiny bottle of Christ’s bl- I mean – Christmas Advent Holiday Year Ender Boutique-y Whisky things is the Bunnahabhain 10y Batch 14. I dunno what happened to batches 0-13. Also worth noting there is no mention of a 10y anything on their website. We first tasted a bunch of Bunnahabhain’s at the Whiskey […]

Advent 03: Bunnahabhain 10y Batch 14 with Dan

Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale

A quickie from the North as I try to push out some of the backlog of beer reviews we have kicking around here. So why not something exotic from Canada’s coolest and coolest capital. Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale, among Canada’s hardest-to-get beers – have you seen the prices on flights to […]

Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale

Advent 02: James E Pepper 3y Batch 1 Oloroso Cask American Rye

Second day of Advent is James E Pepper 3y Batch 1 Oloroso Cask Finished American Rye. If I do one of these every two weeks it will take 11 months to review them all. Might need a better strategy next year. This 3y is probably an experimental version of one of these two 100 proof […]

Advent 02: James E Pepper 3y Batch 1 Oloroso Cask American Rye

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin with Mum & Brenna

It has been a year and two weeks since our last gin review. That’s crazy, gin is great. This is is not so much great as it is gin, but there you go. The “gunpowder” in the name Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin refers not to explosives but to a type of green tea that’s rolled […]

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin with Mum & Brenna

Advent 01: Reservoir Distillery Bourbon 2y Batch 1 with Dan

Loyal readers will remember I picked up the Boutique-Whisky Company’s Whisky Holiday/Advent Calendar and posted about it just before New Year’s. Well, at 24 to get through, we figured we should get started.  You’ll see these sprinkled throughout the year as we stretch-stretch-stretch that hobby alcoholic dollar. Reservoir Distillery out of Virginia have provided both […]

Advent 01: Reservoir Distillery Bourbon 2y Batch 1 with Dan

Robbie Burns Day Review! Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point 03 with Mike & Davey

Happy Robbie Burns Day! I know, I know… reviewing a beer on Robbie Burns Day?! But I don’t have any *Scotch* scotch posts ready in the hopper – bourbon, yes, Irish, yes, gin, yes, and lots of beers. A lot of beers. Like I’m gonna have to post a lot of beer reviews this year. […]

Robbie Burns Day Review! Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point 03 with Mike & Davey

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Pre-Mix Cocktail with Dan

Grabbed on a dash back across the border last summer, a tiny little premixed cocktail. Rye whiskey and rock candy, Pennsylvania honey and Florida oranges: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye rolls a lot of US heritage & terroir into one little product (altho according to their website you can buy this by the […]

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Pre-Mix Cocktail with Dan

Windswept Brewing Company The Wolf of Glen Moray Port Cask Aged Dark Scottish Ale with Dan

A beer in a tube! You know we’re suckers for literally anything in a tube – beers, whiskies, potato chips,.. tennis balls, uh public transit.. etc. Straight from the north.. south.. the south north coast? of Scotland. The top of the bottom of the Z of the north coast… medium north Scotland? comes Windswept Brewing […]

Windswept Brewing Company The Wolf of Glen Moray Port Cask Aged Dark Scottish Ale with Dan

Round 2! Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated

We’ve had more than a few Brookladdies now, and we tend to like em. Sometimes people read the blog and get us things we like. So we review them again! nose Simon – burnt wood, biological Stephanie – rotting apple, dirt Jamie – wet & woody Emily – whisky neat Simon – mint? burn Stephanie […]

Round 2! Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated

Five Hundred! The 500th Article (That Boutique-y Whisky Company/Drinks By The Dram Advent/Holiday Calendar Teaser)

Here at iScotch we’d like to wish you all a very happy holidays, merry Christmas, festive Kwanzaa, chappy Chanukah, feisty Festivus or an unrelenting Yule. Oh yeah and a happy drunken New Year’s. This is the last Saturday in December, the last Saturday of 2019, indeed the last Saturday of the decade, and it marks […]

Five Hundred! The 500th Article (That Boutique-y Whisky Company/Drinks By The Dram Advent/Holiday Calendar Teaser)

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup with Brenna, Devin & Mum

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is right what it says on the bottle. Maple syrup aged in whisky barrels. From Kinsip. And it does to maple syrup pretty much what you’d expect, imparting oak cask & whisky flavours, not notes or hints. Great on pancakes, in coffee and on ice cream, perfect for holiday breakfasts. […]

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup with Brenna, Devin & Mum

Sortilege Maple Syrup Whisky Liqueur

Happy holidays! One of 12-15 traditional drinking seasons. For some reason the cold makes us more agreeable to sticky, rich and cloying sweets, treats and meats.  Might be an evolutionary thing we inherited from our bear ancestors. #BearsNotMonkeys Sortilege is Quebec maple syrup and Canadian rye & corn whisky blended together to become pretty much […]

Sortilege Maple Syrup Whisky Liqueur

Caldera Hurricane 5 with Steve & Matt (maybe)

Sometimes I forget things. Things like, where did this whisky come from, and, who are M and St in the tasting notes. According to the website, Caldera Hurricane 5 Canadian whisky is grown, distilled and aged in Nova Scotia! And according to the LCBO website, this whisky is not available in the LCBO.  Same with […]

Caldera Hurricane 5 with Steve & Matt (maybe)

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash aka Blender’s Mash with Steph, Matt & Marie-Michèle

Interesting story on this one. Crown Royal released the bottle as Bourbon Mash (seen here because we got the hookup), a Canadian whisky made in Canada using a typical Bourbon mashbill. And since a Scottish Rye would still be Scottish, it got approved etc and sent out to market. However, because of the prominent Bourbon […]

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash aka Blender’s Mash with Steph, Matt & Marie-Michèle

Nunavut Brewing Company ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᒎᓗ Frob Gold Strong Golden Ale

Just a quick review – finally getting around to the beers from Iqaluit. Nunavut Brewing Company Frob Gold Strong Golden Ale – this one is pretty okay, if you think about all the extra effort that has to go into getting the stuff to make it. If you don’t, it’s still pretty okay. The website […]

Nunavut Brewing Company ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᒎᓗ Frob Gold Strong Golden Ale

BattleScotch! Canadian B’s Edition (Bearface v Barnburner) with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Video BattleScotch!      nose Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Barnburner neat Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Bearface 7y finish Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Bearface 7y splash Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Barnburner overall Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Bengt […]

BattleScotch! Canadian B’s Edition (Bearface v Barnburner) with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Bearface 7y Triple Oak Canadian Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Video Review!  Bearface is a somehow new 7y Canadian whiskey. I’m being facetious – you can do that by buying other people’s at least 7y whisky. It looks like this company buys, blends and barrels, but I can’t tell exactly how much they do from their very internet website. Said very internet website has […]

Bearface 7y Triple Oak Canadian Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Barnburner Small Batch Ontario Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad, Chris & Junior

Video Review! Barnburner Ontario Whisky from Maverick Distillery. This was a sleeper – probably one of the best tasting budget Canadian whiskies I’ve had, and I’m super judgey of Canadian whiskies. Here’s more of what we thought: Nose Stephan – smells strong, nose tickler, smell the alcohol, not very subtle, coughing from smelling it, a […]

Barnburner Small Batch Ontario Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad, Chris & Junior

Tomatin Cù Bòcan with Dan

We have done so many Tomatin – this is number seven – at this point there’s not a lot to say. Tomatin Cù Bòcan – near as I can tell this one translates to something about dogs which makes sense because it tasted like flea and tick shampoo. This is the first whisky to ever […]

Tomatin Cù Bòcan with Dan

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan

The Balvenie 17y DoubleWood. This is one of those stop and appreciate whiskies that doesn’t come along very often. This whisky is “change the frame” good. You remember the run of five Johnnies Walker and the BattleScotch? Afterwards, Chris & Stephan mentioned they’d quite enjoyed a couple JWs. That’s not impossible, but I happened to […]

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan