BattleScotch! Tomintoul Glenlivet Edition with Dan & Goran

BattleScotch o’clock, Tomintoul time! You knew it was coming – we can’t do a whole month from one distiller without pitting them against each other in petty subjective combat. Cutting to the chase, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran – 25y neat Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran […]

BattleScotch! Tomintoul Glenlivet Edition with Dan & Goran

Tomintoul Glenlivet 25y with Dan & Goran

We’ve come to the last new bottle out of the Tomintoul pack, the 25y. As near as I can tell this is the oldest expression of any whisk(e)y anything we’ve reviewed to date. That’s kind of cool, congrats Tomintoul. Next week we’ll wrap up Tomintoul April with the mandatory BattleScotch! But for now, here’s what […]

Tomintoul Glenlivet 25y with Dan & Goran

Tomintoul Glenlivet 16y with Dan & Goran

The second entry in our month of Tomintoul, we have the 16y. There’s… not too much to say that we didn’t cover last time, it’s the same whisky, just from longer ago. Iteration is the highest form of… something. Probably. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – savory mash, sherry, cranberry Simon – fuller, slightly […]

Tomintoul Glenlivet 16y with Dan & Goran

Tomintoul Glenlivet 10y with Dan & Goran

Tomintoul Glenlivet 10y. So.. which is it? It appears to be a Tomintoul, as Tomintoul’s website calls all their whiskies Glenlivet Speyside. The Distillery is the Tomintoul-Glenlivet distillery, but it’s owned by Angus Dundee, while Glenlivet is owned by Pernod. Glenlivet is a place, tho. Tomintoul & the River Livet (and one would assume its […]

Tomintoul Glenlivet 10y with Dan & Goran

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Here’s one we’d been missing for a while, one that had escaped the LCBO before we had a chance to try it. Good old Cloud 9 in Alberta comes through again with Strathisla 12y single malt Scotch. The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland, this Speyside scotch is the backbone and principle whisky of the […]

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Glenfiddich 14y Rich Oak with Dan for World Whisky Day

Happy World Whisky Day, iScotch readers! Did you know, iScotch and World Whisky Day started in the same year? 2012 was an eventful, if largely sucktacular, year. Anyway, happy world wrestling day or whatever. For this week’s review, Dan has brought us his wedding party gift for some upcoming nuptials, the Glenfiddich 14y Rich Oak […]

Glenfiddich 14y Rich Oak with Dan for World Whisky Day

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

It’s Dad’s birthday and he’s gone to the liquor cabinet and pulled out this Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve. We’ve had a 12y Glenfiddich before, but it’s not clear if this is the same stuff. I know for sure this bottle pre-dates my drinking whisky. Dad received this as a gift from a close friend when my […]

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

Late night, late post! Just a quick Round 2 of one of our all time faves, the Glenrothes Select Reserve. 351st article, that’s kind of crazy. This introductory bottle from a long standing distillery is a common feature on many of our whisky shelves. We’ve reviewed it on its own and as part of the Glenrothes […]

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

Glen Grant 5y Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Goran

Goran found this bottle on a recent trip to The Continent (not this one, a different one) – Glen Grant 5y Single Malt Scotch! Scotch whisky from Italy! Glen Grant is a long standing Speyside distillery with the standard modern tale of merger and resale.  Originally started by bootlegging brothers, it passed to a nephew […]

Glen Grant 5y Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Goran

Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve On A Plane

I found this Glenlivet expression, the Master Distiller’s Reserve, on an Air Canada flight last night. I thought I was just getting the 12y, a nice little cap off to a long road season and the start of vacation. This bottling is “available exclusively in Travel Retail” which I assume means people movers and/or duty […]

Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve On A Plane

Glenfiddich 15y Solera with Dan

Another Glenfiddich! Not very often we get a new one of these core brands. Usually because they’re not cheap OR very exciting, really. The problem with a long standing, consistent brand is they do their best to stay in their own lane. This Glenfiddich is the 15y Solera. The Solera refers to their “Solara Vat […]

Glenfiddich 15y Solera with Dan

Cardhu 12y with Steve, Goran, Julia, Dan & Matt

Welcome to 2016 and THE FUTURE! It’s a leap year and I hear there may even be a new iPhone this year. Marvelous time, this future. What better way to kick off the new year, our 6th calendar year of domain registration (even if maybe the first couple months there was nothing here), than with a […]

Cardhu 12y with Steve, Goran, Julia, Dan & Matt

Round 2! The Glenlivet 12y with Steve

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everybody! Just posting a quick Round 2! review today because hey, it’s the holidays, guys. Here’s our previous review of The Glenlivet 12y. Next week we’ll start the year off with a couple of classic scotches as well as some Christmas gift reviews. Keep your stick on the ice; here’s […]

Round 2! The Glenlivet 12y with Steve

BattleScotch! Aberlour 10y v McClelland’s Speyside with Matt

Speyside BattleScotch! The budget conscious McClelland’s Speyside, a line we love, up against the allegedly more prestigious aged Aberlour. Matt’s idea was to pit two known quantity Speysides against each other as a way to calibrate how budget the budget single malt really is. What are you not getting from it that you might get […]

BattleScotch! Aberlour 10y v McClelland’s Speyside with Matt

BattleScotch! Glenglassaugh’s Peated v Fledgling XB with Matt & Ryan

BattleScotch! Well, BattleMake, but that sounds like a shit fight.  You knew this was coming; we’ve BattleScotched on far less of a similarity in the past. The Peated v Fledgling XB – two experiments duke it out for some time in the cask. Here’s what we thought: smell Matt – Fledgling XB Ryan – Fledgling […]

BattleScotch! Glenglassaugh’s Peated v Fledgling XB with Matt & Ryan

Glenglassaugh Peated with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Matt

Glenglassaugh number 2, Peated. Can you guess what the next article will be? Not a lot to say this time out that we didn’t say in the last piece, so this will be short. This is another distilling/retail experiment by Glenglassaugh, this one using peat smoked malted barley, I assume. I can’t really tell you […]

Glenglassaugh Peated with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Matt

Glenglassaugh Fledgling XB with Dan, Dave, Ryan & Matt

I know, I know. We’ve tried unaged whisky (aka new make) before, and it hasn’t gone well. Unaged whisky ends up being all of the angry yelling and none of the make up fun you get with casked spirits. This one was a pleasant surprise. Glenglassaugh is an established distillery (they have a 30y) that […]

Glenglassaugh Fledgling XB with Dan, Dave, Ryan & Matt

Glenfiddich 18y Batch 3088 with Ryan, Matt & Goran

It’s been a while but we’ve come back to Glenfiddich, thanks to my good friend Matt. Last time, we looked at their web presence and were a little underwhelmed with the drink. This time is different. A little bit of history. Actually, a lot of history. The first distillation apparently occurred Christmas Day 1887, which […]

Glenfiddich 18y Batch 3088 with Ryan, Matt & Goran

BattleScotch! The Glenlivet 12y v The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Ryan & Goran

You knew it was going to happen. You knew as soon as you saw us review the second Glenlivet, you knew “they’re gonna BattleScotch! the 12y and the 15y, I know it”. You knew that. That’s okay. You can own that, bro. Good looking out. We can keep this one short, this is as straightforward […]

BattleScotch! The Glenlivet 12y v The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Ryan & Goran

The Glenrothes Flight at The Highlander Pub, Rideau, Ottawa with Dan, Ryan & Goran

We had been looking forward to this night for a week or so, a planned sequel to Dan’s bachelor party that I had been out of town for.  The iScotch lads finally getting around to visiting Ottawa’s biggest Scotch selection at The Highlander Pub on Rideau St in the Byward Market. And a good time […]

The Glenrothes Flight at The Highlander Pub, Rideau, Ottawa with Dan, Ryan & Goran

The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Dan, Goran & MC The Actual MC

Celebration whisky is always good. Dan & Laura gave Ryan this bottle to say thanks for Being the MC at their wedding reception. He did a good job, and a good job deserves scotch. We’ve tried the 12y before, and I’ve had the 18y at my bro-in-law’s. So it was nice to try the middle […]

The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Dan, Goran & MC The Actual MC

ScotchParty Review #3 – BattleScotch! The Glendronach 12y Original v The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Jared, Ashley, Alex, Goran, Ryan, Dan & Bowick

BATTLESCOTCH AT A SCOTCHPARTY. THE BATTLE OF THE GLENS. Sorry for the shouting.  We pitted The Glendronach 12y Original against The Glenrothes Select Reserve literally because they both have Glen in the name – The GlenDronach is an aged expression Highlander and The Glenrothes is a non-specific Speysider, so it really was the only axis […]

ScotchParty Review #3 – BattleScotch! The Glendronach 12y Original v The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Jared, Ashley, Alex, Goran, Ryan, Dan & Bowick

Chivas Regal 12y Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan & Ryan

A fine blend. Chivas Regal 12y is the bottom of the line entry from Chivas, a blender that also offers 18y and 21y blended expressions. They appear to be based out of the Strathisla Distillery, which makes me think there’s a good reason for that, likely making up a significant portion of the blend. But […]

Chivas Regal 12y Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan & Ryan