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

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

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

Another Heaven Hill bourbon to add to the wall – Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. You know what’s cool? Crime. Crime is cool. Name things after crimes. This bourbon’s distinction is that it swaps rye for wheat in the mash – bourbon has to be 51% corn but the other 49% can be any other […]

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

BattleScotch! Compass Box Edition with Dan

Not every one has the time or budget to buy selections of tiny whiskies and write down their subjective impressions – no, as a busy working non-layabout mortal on the giggity-go, you need to know where the best bang for your whisky dollar is to be had! And that’s the sheer genius of the BattleScotch! […]

BattleScotch! Compass Box Edition with Dan

Compass Box Hedonism with Dan

Compass Box Hedonism! Not the Jamaican sex holiday, but rather a scotch grain whisky blend. This is a multi-grain, multi-barrel concoction, whose website write up talks about “a certain enticing femininity” which sounds… i dunno, kinda gross, honestly. Whisky is cool and interesting but it suffers enough… genderizing already. It’s okay to tell the marketing department […]

Compass Box Hedonism with Dan

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Aww yeah ten and a half months later finally get to my Christmas present from Dan – Twelve Barrels Canadian Whisky. The story of this bottle is a little amazing. A high school bootlegger making prison wine under his bed in his parent’s home, pitches the story to distilleries all over the world, lands a […]

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Suntory Toki with Dan, Steve & Goran

Suntory Whisky’s Toki! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Japanese whisky, so thanks to Steve for this wicked Christmas present. Japanese whisky follows the Scottish tradition, including how to blend – this has whiskies from three different Suntory distilleries from across the country, including grain and single malt. Oh, and Toki in Japanese […]

Suntory Toki with Dan, Steve & Goran

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

66 Gilead Wild Oak, a new Ontario whisky from Prince Edward County. Yay for whisky from within 300 kilometres from home! Thanks to Brad for picking this up on a recent trip. The Wild Oak is a corn, rye and wheat bourbon-style whisky aged in charred oak, and it does taste like a rye bourbon. […]

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

Guest Review! The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky By AJ

Simon – So I feel a little bad about this one. I bought this bottle on my way through Calgary and hadn’t noticed the Trailer Park Boys logo at the top. I got home, tried a dram and flinched. This was a job for our contract Bad Whisky Expert AJ, writer of the hilarious Proof […]

Guest Review! The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky By AJ

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey with Dan

  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. This is essentially an American Highland Malt – clean river water & mountain grown barley make it sound like it could come from a loch as easily as a ranch. Stranahan’s is Colorado’s first craft distiller, coming from a combination of volunteer firefighter, craft beer brewer and barn fire. Colorado in general […]

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey with Dan

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky with Davey, Matt & Steve

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky. Corn, barley, wheat & rye blended together and named for the distillery that is now the Distillery District in Toronto. The name appears to be the only real connection to the original Gooderham & Worts company – this whisky is now distilled in Corbyville with much of the […]

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky with Davey, Matt & Steve

The Top 18 iScotch Posts That Weren’t

In the course of running a blog, you lose shit. If, like me, you’re a photographer first and foremost, you don’t lose photos, but you do lose slips of paper. Especially when those slips of paper were last seen at some point in a late night analysis of the subjective qualities of grain-based intoxicants. But, since I […]

The Top 18 iScotch Posts That Weren’t

BattleScotch! Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Aw yeah aw yeah! Haven’t had a BattleScotch in a while! And this is a real unfortunate pairing to bring back this awesome original concept that we thought up, two things competing against each other. Never been done before, ever ever. Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling, the battle for literally the bottom shelf. This is […]

BattleScotch! Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Fancy photo for a tiny bottle. That’s from a hike up in Jasper. I know we’d sort of sworn off any further Gibson’s after the Finest/Finest Rare debacle (DEBACLE I SAY). But we’re well into year three and closing on 280 articles, and when I see a little bottle of something we haven’t reviewed for […]

Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Chinook Canadian Whisky with Dan

First off, apologies for the delay in the English Whisky Co reviews, but moving has prevented doing a tasting. In the meantime… Chinook Canadian Whisky: just don’t. It’s been a looong time since we’ve been that straightforward on a review, and that should tell you something. This is bad. “Like Proof bad.” – Dan. I […]

Chinook Canadian Whisky with Dan

Traverse City Whiskey Company 4y Straight Bourbon with Dan & Julia

The second review from my business trip to Michigan! I was going to be pretty disappointed if I didn’t find something local in MI, USA. It’s a working state, and working people need good booze to keep them from thinking about how much work they still have to do. And let me tell you, Traverse […]

Traverse City Whiskey Company 4y Straight Bourbon with Dan & Julia

Canadian Club Reserve 9y with Davey & Alex

Heyheyhey fellow whiskynauts. I’m overnighting in beautiful Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and so a well written, hilarious, provocative or fact-checked post is just not in the works this week. So, probably a good idea to trot out something from a brand we’ve already seen a lot of, like Canadian Club. This is the 9y, and […]

Canadian Club Reserve 9y with Davey & Alex

Alberta Premium Dark Horse with Davey & Alex

This is our third tango with a product of Beam Suntory’s Alberta Distillers. We’ve had their Premium, which isn’t, and we’ve had their Springs, which made a fantastic rye & ginger. The Dark Horse comes in at a higher abv and budget than the other two; we’ve been meaning to try this for a while. According […]

Alberta Premium Dark Horse with Davey & Alex

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye Whisky. That’s a lot of words. AGAIN. And I’m always suspicious of whiskies with numbers in the name. I checked the website, the meagre write-up says it has been aged for “many” years. Numbers in the name, words in the age. Not a great sign. It is, however, […]

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer with Dan & Ryan

Aw yeah aw yeah! An entirely new Innis & Gunn! Available both as part of the Summer Mixed Pack AND as a tallboy, this beer represents a change for Innis & Gunn (at least in terms of what we have available in Ontario), as this is not barrel-aged or conditioned with wood. This is a […]

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer with Dan & Ryan

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Because when you make okay bourbon, why not try okaying at other things too? While it doesn’t mention in what type of wood this whiskey was aged for or how long (presumably 3 years), the website does detail the mash pretty clearly: 95% rye 5% malted barley. We like that kind of […]

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select. That’s a pretty huge mouthful of a name,  let’s take a look: Why 1792? That’s the year Kentucky became a state.  Since the distillery was established in 1879, the why is marketing. In fact, the why on the whole damn name is marketing wrung through the legal system, exclusively. Why […]

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Fighting Cock 6y with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Fighting Cock 6y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Really, how could we not. This amazingly-named bourbon comes to us from Heaven Hill Distillery by way of the SAQ in Sherbrooke.  We’ve previously tried the Elijah Craig 12y from Heaven Hill, a review that suffered from the lack of much information online. Heaven Hill’s brand-specific web presence […]

Fighting Cock 6y with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Dewar’s Highlander Honey Spirit Drink with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Dewar’s Highlander Honey. Just fucking don’t. Seriously. I will write this whole review, and tell you all about this war crime of a spirit drink, and their process, and their website, and what we thought it tastes like, and all the rest of it, but it’s extremely important that you never fucking drink or buy […]

Dewar’s Highlander Honey Spirit Drink with Dan, Ryan & Goran