Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Highland Park Magnus. Big dark bottle, cool.. uh.. dragon.. wolfy sort of logo. Classic Highland Park. And by “classic” Highland Park I mean this truism: the less you pay for Highland Park the better it is. And not just in that classic market economics sense. We’ve had a few Highland Parks at iScotch and we’ve […]

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

Aw yiss. A classic of the form. One of the pantheon. A real… thing of the… stuff. Lagavulin 8y. We’ve had exactly one Lagavulin before because they are prized, rare and expensive. But if you want a true Islay and have had enough Bowmore, you should try Lagavulin at some point. It’s like an off-white […]

2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

Talisker Storm with Steve, Julia, Goran, Matt, Ryan & Dan

The first of the birthday whisky, Talisker Storm! This is the first of the brand we’ve had in a while, but we’re long-time Talisker fans here. We’ve had the 10y, the 18y, the Distiller’s Edition and the 57°, so this is a welcome addition. It’s interesting to see how the whisky market has changed since […]

Talisker Storm with Steve, Julia, Goran, Matt, Ryan & Dan

Jura Elixir 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

If you’re a long time reader, you know we’ve churned through a not-small number of bottles here at iScotch. Cost and availability are really our only limiters; we’re more than happy to try anything that could have any tangential relationship to whisk(e)y – beers, gins, flavoureds, heck we’ve even been thinking about adding rums, wines […]

Jura Elixir 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Tobermory 10y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Davey & Matt

At long last, another Island scotch. Tobermory is a town and distillery on the Isle of Mull, home to 3000 good people, and a straight up pirate wreck. Defeated Spanish Armada types allegedly stopped by for supplies on their way to Out Of Here, yada yada yada, boat sank. Legend says there’s gold in Tobermory […]

Tobermory 10y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Davey & Matt

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

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

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 […]

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

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 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

BattleScotch! Talisker Distiller’s Edition v Talisker 57° with Ryan

Long time readers of iScotch will know that we (I) am huge Talisker fan.  I’ve tried 4 different expressions and will try everything I can get my hands on for a good price (or at least, get out of the store without getting caught).  Pitting the Distiller’s Edition against the 57° was a no brainer, […]

BattleScotch! Talisker Distiller’s Edition v Talisker 57° with Ryan

Battlescotch! Jura Superstition v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Goran & Ryan

BattleScotch 2! Jura Superstition v Jura 10y Origin! This format was fun last time so we’re doing it again! But the formatting sucked last time so we’re going to try and fix it! Superstition Origin 10y Smell Dan X Goran X Simon X Ryan X Neat Dan X Goran X Simon X Ryan X Splash […]

Battlescotch! Jura Superstition v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan

Another visitor from New Brunswick, second to last of east coast interlopers. Nothing quite like attaching a national poet‘s name to your product to drag in the ex-pat dollars and drunk patriots’ pounds… Pretty fucking morose when you realize he drank himself to death.  It’s like Columbine Brand Bullets. Or Michael Hutchinson Glad Kitchen Catchers.  […]

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan

The Arran Malt 10y with Steph

Awesome! Surprise scotch! One of Steph’s friends picked this up in the home country and brought it back for us.  Arran is one of the islands off western Scotland, in the same neighbor hood as Skye (Talisker), Islay and Jura, but closer to shore.  I don’t know if it was psychosomatic but knowing that made […]

The Arran Malt 10y with Steph

Classic Malts Strong Collection

Picked up the Classic Malts (the Malts.com people) Strong Collection, featuring wee bottles of Cragganmore 12y, Talisker 10y and Lagavulin 16y.  I’ve reviewed the Talisker previously, but reviews for the other two will be up shortly. Classic Malts Strong Collection – 40%, 43% & 45.8% 3x200ml – $54.95 – Islay, Islands & Speyside

Classic Malts Strong Collection

Jura Prophecy with The Dan

This is a big hitter.  Probably one of the most robust scotches I’ve tasted so far that remains drinkable.  Hands down, we have nothing but good things to say about the entire Jura line. This particular expression coined the term “Nostalgiafying” as the heavy smoke brings thoughts of camping to mind. Neat: The Dan – […]

Jura Prophecy with The Dan

Jura Superstition with Katherine & Dan

Another bottle to replace.  This Jura was one of the first bottles I bought myself – I really liked the story they told on the box, for the most part.  But it has grown to mean more to more people and as such, must be returned to the shelf. Neat: Katherine – heavy on the […]

Jura Superstition with Katherine & Dan

Talisker Distiller’s Edition

Taste-wise, the Distiller’s Edition sits in the same place in comes in the box – right in the middle.  Its difficult to describe it without comparing it to the 57° or the 10y: its fuller than the 10y, but not as intense as the 57°, warmer and spicier, while less peaty. Each lot is numbered, […]

Talisker Distiller’s Edition

Talisker Scotch Whisky Collection

I recently finished my bottle of Talisker 10y, the first bottle of scotch I ever bought.  For about the same price to replace the 750ml size, I got the Talisker Scotch Whisky Collection boxed thing.  It comes with 200ml bottles of the 10y, Distiller’s Edition and 57° expressions Update June 7 2018 – for Throwback […]

Talisker Scotch Whisky Collection

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 […]

Highland Park 18y with Katherine at L’ile Noire

Talisker 18y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

Second round at the Whisky Cafe, and it was time for a classic, and no binge scotching is complete without a Talisker. Served from a tiny bottle, the best review I can give to this drink is the first two things out of Katherine’s and my first words: “that’s definitely a Talisker” and “I love […]

Talisker 18y with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe