Powers Gold Label with Steph

Every year like clockwork March stumbles in from the cold and delivers Irish Stereotype Reinforcement Day to warm the cockles of your projectile vomiting heart. St Paddy’s Day in North America has as much to do with Ireland as Chinese food in North America has to do with China – as in maybe a immigrant […]

Powers Gold Label with Steph

Luck O’ The Irish: Bushmills Red Bush with Dan

Happy week after St Patrick’s Day! Hey, either we make it a thing or this review sits on the shelf for a year. And by then, who knows? Maybe Red Bush will refer to brigades of aw shucks volunteers fighting under George W’s Veevay La Revolutseeon banner in the Second American Civil War, battling alongside […]

Luck O’ The Irish: Bushmills Red Bush with Dan

Luck O’ The Irish: Paddy Old Irish Whiskey with Steph

BAM. Perfect timing. Because the key to a good whiskey review is all in your calendar alignments. Paddy Old Irish Whiskey, ON St Paddy’s Day. Could you ask for anything more? Ever? No I think not. …This review was maybe done in November. Here are some “fun” facts: Paddy’s is in the Pernod Ricard stable […]

Luck O’ The Irish: Paddy Old Irish Whiskey with Steph

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

  Quick little review with the family while I’m on the road in Vancouver. My sister bought a pre-St Paddy’s Day treat, Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout for my brother in law and I to try (she did smell it and pronounced it “coffee I wouldn’t drink”). We’ve had Innis […]

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

Aw yiss a new aged Irish whiskey – West Cork 10y! A new one for us, anyway, West Cork has been around for about 15 years. West Cork likes Bourbon casks – the entire range spends some amount of time in used American oak. Even their select sherry, rum and port special 12y expressions all […]

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

Guest Review! Bushmills 1608 Anniversary Edition By Daniel Küpper

Editors note: I was introduced to Daniel through Instagram algorithm, weirdly, but it turns out we share some interests, including photography and whisky, so it seemed natural to offer a guest spot. Fortunately, he said yes! Enjoy:     Happy Anniversary My kind of party  I’ve always been a fan of Bushmills. The Irish blend […]

Guest Review! Bushmills 1608 Anniversary Edition By Daniel Küpper

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Whiskey-Aged Stout with Dan & Davey

The day after St Paddy’s Day is the perfect time to drop these little Scottish/Irish gems. Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin, the first Innis & Gunn to use (or reveal) the name brand whisky barrels used to age their beer. In this case, it’s Teeling whiskey, a great Irish distiller. We’ve had a Teeling […]

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Whiskey-Aged Stout with Dan & Davey

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition with Dan

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition. A bit more title than necessary, since this is the only version of Caskmates available at the moment, or mentioned anywhere on the internet, but whatever. Aging beer in whisky barrels is one of our favourite tricks at iScotch and aging whisky in the used barrels of other liquors is only […]

Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition with Dan

Jameson Black Barrel with Dan & Ryan

A slightly odd bottle this time. Some Jameson Black Barrel arrived in a covert container on the doorstep, a sample from somebody’s stash. Thanks, generous stranger! Jameson is an Irish whiskey we’re familiar with, having tried the White Label and Select Reserve in the past. The Black Barrel this time refers to the charring of the […]

Jameson Black Barrel with Dan & Ryan

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey with Dan

Now here’s something we haven’t had in a while – a new Irish whiskey! Teeling has been showing up in my Twitter feed a lot lately, so it was a nice coincidence that Dan picked up a bottle. Here’s something weird. If you Google for “teeling”, the first hit (paid advertising) is their competition Jameson, […]

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey with Dan

Round 2! Writer’s Tears with Matt & Brian

Round 2! Where we revisit bottles from the past for another taste and see how they stand up! I got this bottle for Matt’s housewarming… that I missed. But I made sure he got his gift and then drank some of it for him. Writer’s Tears has been one of my favourite Irish whiskeys since […]

Round 2! Writer’s Tears with Matt & Brian

2 Gingers with Dan

We haven’t had an Irish whiskey in a while (wait.. fact check…woah). We haven’t actually had anything from Ireland since May, and no irish whiskeys for a year and three days. To be fair, there’s not a lot of Irish whiskey options at the LCBO that we haven’t already reviewed – on that note, prepare […]

2 Gingers with Dan

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

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

St Paddy’s Day: Jameson Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

No, it’s not Friday. You’re getting this review because we’re going to keep posting noteworthy reviews on noteworthy days as well as the weekly Friday article/review/brainstorm/hate-filled screed/discarded napkin poetry. A couple years ago we did a bunch of Irish whiskey reviews for Irish Whiskey Day St Paddy’s Day. We did Redbreast and Writer’s Tears, and […]

St Paddy’s Day: Jameson Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

Christmas Day Battlescotch! As if today weren’t awesome/stressful enough, let’s throw in some more conflict and alcohol! At least this way you’ll know which of these to use to smooth out your coffee and your relatives. We’ve had a Forty Creek before, but I didn’t do much digging for the last article. Forty Creek distillery […]

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

BattleScotch! Bushmills 10y Single Malt v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Alright alright alright! BattleScotch! Battle of the 10 year olds! It’s gonna be dirty fighting and name calling the whole way down. On the left, Bushmills 10y Single Malt, on the right, Jura Origin 10y. Both crowd pleasers, and while the results won’t tarnish anyone’s enjoyment of either, it might inform our purchases in the […]

BattleScotch! Bushmills 10y Single Malt v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

This one has been on the list for a while, good grab on Dan’s part. Connemara‘s claim to fame is being the only peated single malt irish whiskey, which sounds pretty unverifiable from this side of the Atlantic. Still a good pitch. If you read the site you realize that it’s a blend of young […]

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Bushmills White Label Blend v Bushmills 10y Single Malt with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Chris

Here we go again! BattlesScotch gonna leave you BattleScortched (patent pending) with all the hot Bushmills on Bushmills action up in here! Something different this time: introducing the Overall Impression category, basically a fourth vote either way for the complete experience of the whisky, as a few times the scores didn’t truly reflect the decisions […]

BattleScotch! Bushmills White Label Blend v Bushmills 10y Single Malt with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Chris

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

Another box-checking entry we’d been looking forward to.  We’ve had the Bushmills 10y before but it didn’t survive long enough to be reviewed. Oh well, a timely return. This leaves very few of the Bushmills’ stable that we haven’t tried yet – Dan is talking about tracking down the 21y later this year. Good, but […]

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

Jameson Irish Whiskey with Goran & Ryan

Just a quick few words today on a old soldier. Jameson Irish Whisky has been around forever, for good reason. While nothing outstanding, this is a good whiskey for the price. smell Simon – smooth, wood, sweet, light solvent Goran – liquor, chocolate, rose Ryan – plastic, floral neat Simon – smooth, late burn, raspberry […]

Jameson Irish Whiskey with Goran & Ryan

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

A twisty irish bottle, not usually a good sign.  A website with lots of videos and drink recipes is also never a good sign.  Especially when I can’t *find* this bottle anywhere on their site.  kilbegganwhiskey.com also doesn’t mention being the oldest distillery, which is something you’d think they’d mention a lot, since they say […]

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

Tullamore D.E.W. with Dan, Ryan & Goran

It recently being St Paddy’s day, you’ll have to put up with one or two more Irish Whiskey reviews.  I know Dan is a big fan of the lightness and smoothness of the Irish dram, and my appreciation doesn’t look to ebb anytime soon.  PS The D.E.W. is Tullamore D.E.W. is the distiller’s initials. smell […]

Tullamore D.E.W. with Dan, Ryan & Goran