Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

Happy New Year! To celebrate: Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky. I won’t bother rehashing the story of Japanese whisky (check past posts), except to say that Japanese whisky is largely either Nikka or Suntory. So far we’ve loved Nikkas and have not taken to Suntories, and this is a Suntory. But it was also $40 at […]

Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

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 Spice Tree with Dan

How many of these things are there? It’s like I’ve forgotten we ever reviewed anything else. NUMBER 5 – Compass Box Spice Tree, a veritable uh tree of I guess spices. Spice Tree apparently broke some rules when it first came out, using a system of inner staves of a different wood to achieve (or […]

Compass Box Spice Tree with Dan

Compass Box Asyla with Dan

Aw yiss let’s kick of Compass Box Month-And-A-Half here at iScotch – Asyla! A blended scotch meant as an everyday drinker, taken with splash. Unfortunately for anyone who did take them up on the daily driver option, this expression is no longer available because they can’t find the right source whiskies for the blend. Which is […]

Compass Box Asyla with Dan

Teaser Tuesday! Compass Box

EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE THING – THE WHISKY SAMPLER. This time 5! FIVE! F!VE! whiskies! 4 new reviews, a Round 2! and a BattleScotch! The whole kajimmy! Stay tuned for Asyla, Hedonism, Spice Box, Oak Cross and The Peat Monster! November (and early December) is Compass Box Month at iScotch!

Teaser Tuesday! Compass Box

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky.  Named for an old whiskying injury, apparently. Which makes sense because this was kind of painful to drink. A blended malt means this is a blend of single malt scotches from a number of distilleries. Blends allow for a more consistent product over time, and can have added depth if […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Jim Beam Bonded with Dan & Julia

This week’s bottle is Jim Beam Bonded, courtesy of Dan’s Laura. Thanks, Laura! Bonded is a whiskey term we’ve seen before. To jog your memories, the whiskey meets an external government standard – the product of one distillery in one distilling season, aged 4 years in a government facility, bottled at 100 proof. Why submit […]

Jim Beam Bonded with Dan & Julia

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

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

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

Innis & Gunn Vintage! As found in Winnipeg. As much as I love Innis & Gunn, this one’s a bit of a reach. At *twenty* dollars each, you’d be excused for forgetting it’s just beer. You pay the Tube Tax. You pay the import beer tax. You pay the bottle conditioned tax, and the 100 […]

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

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

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

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

Wiki defines “sheep dip” as a liquid formulation of insecticide and fungicide which shepherds and farmers may use to protect their sheep from infestation against external parasites such as itch mite (Psorobia ovis), blow-fly, ticks and lice. So, yay!…? Sounds delicious. Sheep Dip Malt Whisky is made by the Spencerfield Spirit Company in Inverkeithing, across […]

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

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

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

McFadden Spirit Drink with Dan & Ryan

McFadden Spirit Drink. Because when you can’t call it whiskey, you call it spirits. Either that, or they’ve jammed the souls of some indigent Irish washer children into the mash. I guess that’s the same thing; spirits is spirits, right? Technically, the full name of this is McFadden Spirit Drink A Recipe of Whiskey & […]

McFadden Spirit Drink with Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! The Black Grouse v The Famous Jubilee with Goran & Matt

Here we go! Let’s hear it for predictable BattleScotches! Today, of course, we’re pitting The Black Grouse against The Famous Jubilee. You could say that this particular head-to-head makes more sense than some of our previous pairings, and I’d agree, but I’d probably also start shout-asking you questions about YOUR scotch blog and how YOU […]

BattleScotch! The Black Grouse v The Famous Jubilee with Goran & Matt

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition with Dan, Goran & Ryan

In case you haven’t noticed, we here at iScotch are pathological completists. There’s something great about whiskey, there’s something more great about scotch, but here we’ve crossed the threshold into a worship of novel tastes and a need to try everything from a brand. We must sound like a marketer’s unicorn. Behold The Black Grouse […]

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Whyte & Mackay Special Blended Scotch with Dan & Goran

A classic twisty blend, Whyte & Mackay is available in large quantities from most LCBOs. Launched in 1844 in Glasgow, the company has changed hands many times, coming to be partly owned by Diageo and is currently involved in an anti-trust investigation against Diageo’s massive scotch holdings. They are also associated with epic scotch brands […]

Whyte & Mackay Special Blended Scotch with Dan & Goran

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Ryan

Sometimes St Paddy’s Day is actually St Paddy’s Week, because we love to reinforce European ethnic stereotypes whenever and wherever possible. And what better way to lower liver function as a celebration of Irish culture than with a Scottish beer? Scottish beer that’s finished in Irish whiskey casks, that is.  iScotch loves Innis & Gunn […]

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Islay Mist 8y v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Hmmm… our first BattleScotch! over the Blend Line? Some people (Goran) loudly protested this particular combatax spiritus because a blend is for blend times and a single malt is for single malt time. There is some precedence – we BattleScotch!ed two transnational blends that had basically nothing in common, although in fairness Goran loudly protested […]

BattleScotch! Islay Mist 8y v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Goran