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

That Time I Drank 21 Whiskeys With Dan

A recent very excellent birth day present, two tickets to Whiskey Ottawa, thanks Hillary! A massive event with a good 3-400 people and looooots of different whiskeys and whiskies. So much scotch, such tiny glasses. For the sake of it not taking half a year to publish, and because the notes are short and get […]

That Time I Drank 21 Whiskeys With Dan

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

After doing a bunch of these reviews (like… a bunch), you can sort of perceive bigger trends. Like how for a bourbon, you need either a year or a cork, and preferably both. How Irish whiskey is the best value for flavour, but Canadian is what you buy if you’re mixing. One thing we’ve noticed […]

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

BattleScotch! Clyde May’s Official Alabama State Spirit Edition with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Another Video BattleScotch!  Okay so those were… weird. Which of Alabama’s Official State Spirit did the iSiLive team prefer? Here’s the chart: nose Simon – Bourbon Bengt – Alabama Style Whiskey Brad – Bourbon Chris – Alabama Style Whiskey neat Simon – Bourbon Bengt – Alabama Style Whiskey Brad – Alabama Style Whiskey Chris […]

BattleScotch! Clyde May’s Official Alabama State Spirit Edition with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

VIDEO! VIDEO! VIDEO! Clyde Who? Straight What? Bourbon… from where? ANSWER: Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon from Alabama. What do those things mean again? Bourbon: from America, with 51% corn in the original mash. Straight Bourbon: from America, with 51% corn in the mash, in new charred barrels, minimum two years, within a specific abv range […]

Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Another Video Review Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey. “Distilled Since 1946, Legal Since 2001” is a pretty great slogan. Especially since within four years they’d be the official state liquor of Alabama, followed shortly by a few alcohol production and sales convictions. But it’s all better now. Now you can get their bottles in Massachusetts and […]

Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Teaser Tuesday! Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskeys

I was down in the states visiting family and friends, and we stopped in a small (giant) liquor store in… I would say Massachusetts if I don’t know how to spell it. But yeah, a liquor store discovery in the greenest depths of Northern America (which is the middle of North America) – Clyde May’s […]

Teaser Tuesday! Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskeys

BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another video review, here we go!  So which of the Johnnies Walker is best? Check below: nose Simon – Blue Label Brad – Ultimate 18y Chris – Double Black Junior – Ultimate 18y neat Simon – Black Label 12y Brad – Blue Label Chris – Ultimate 18y Junior – Gold Label finish Simon – […]

BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another Review! Another Video Review!  Finally, the almighty Johnnie Walker Blue. What makes this blend worth over $300 a bottle? Nothing! It isn’t. nose Simon – sharp, mashier, honey or caramel on browning apple slices Brad – mellow, moss, ron swanson in scotland, excited Chris – faint, wheat field, country, spring day Junior – […]

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker 18y Ultimate with Brad, Chris & Junior

Going to kick it off with the video review again:  Here’s the written review. Not too much more I can say about Johnnie Walker, other than that this is the 18y and it is apparently the Ultimate but also demonstrably not ultimate expression of Johnnie Walker. nose Simon – baby powder, honey lozenge, nail […]

Johnnie Walker 18y Ultimate with Brad, Chris & Junior