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BattleScotch! Edradour 10y Chateauneuf Du Pape v Highland Park 10y with Goran, Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Like recess at a public school, it’s the battle of the 10y olds! If you keep flicking the lights on and off, it triggers their bloodlust. Since we’re not back in school, we have the cask strength Edradour Chateablahblah du blah battling the Highland Park for our eternal love. Er, article. smell Dan –

BattleScotch! Highland Park 10y v Highland Park 12y with Ryan & Goran

BattleScotch! Highland Park stablemates 10y and 12y duke it out in the opposite of last BattleScotch’s Terrible Bourbon-Off event! Because we had to wash that taste out of our mouths somehow. Wait, wasn’t Terrbl Borbanov the Chancellor of the Politburo? Probably. Anyway, he’s how it went down: smell Goran – 12y Ryan – 12y Simon

Highland Park 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

What a pleasant surprise. Clocking in $15 cheaper than the excellent 12y, the Highland Park 10y is a welcome addition to the $45-60 range. While it tastes young, the pedigree is there. I would give you a link to the specific expression, but their website makes no mention of it. smell Dan – peat, coffee,

Highland Park 18y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

First round at L’ile Noire, and… well, you remember how in the Highland Park 12y review I said I was saving up my pennies for the 18y?  I’m not anymore. There’s nothing out and out wrong with the scotch, and if you weren’t familiar with the 12y you’d probably enjoy it.  But it doesn’t taste

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black with Dan

A new Famous Grouse! Well, not quite. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black is the new branding for The Black Grouse. Which is a little odd since they’re still offering the Black Grouse Alpha Edition – maybe they had extra labels left over. Speaking of labels, this one tells you exactly what you’re getting – Famous

Tomatin Oloroso 18y with Dan

Tomatin Oloroso 18y, the last of the Tomatin Stillmen’s Choice sampler. Next week, we close Tomatin month with the obligatory BattleScotch! At 18y, this is in the old end of things we’ve tried at iScotch – this is only the 5th 18y in almost 300 posts, and none older than that. Maybe it’s because of

Harviestoun Òrach Slie Golden Ale with Dan, Matt, Brian & Al

Harviestoun Òrach Slie Glenfarclas Cask Aged Golden Ale – so many words. Dan & I have had a Harviestoun before, their Ola Dubh. At the time it was advertised as being aged in Highland Park barrels, but the website doesn’t mention it now. The Òrach Slie is of course the same but in Glenfarclas barrels. We haven’t

The Black Grouse Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran & Ryan

A Christmas blend – thanks, Bengt! We’ve had a Grouse before, but I didn’t do much of a write-up because we had destroyed ourselves at the ScotchParty and I was still hungover. The Famous Grouse website details the growth of the Gloag family’s local grocery into a supplier of wine to the royal family to

The Macallan Amber with Goran, Ryan & Dan

The Christmas Macallan. Thanks, Roisin! The Macallan Amber is the second rung in The Macallan 1824 Series, a newly launched non-age specific line focusing on colour and taste.  The entry level Gold expression will be reviewed in the near future. Some interesting natural vs legal geography going on here. The Macallan distillery sits in what