Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter with Devin

This one is going to be a very short review. We had this beer with Christmas dinner (not quite 6 months ago), so we weren’t able to take traditional notes. I was hoping for something that might cut the savoury with enough structure and flavours of its own to compete. The Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel […]

Collective Arts Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter with Devin

The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

It’s been an interesting spring, and May 2-4 weekend found yours truly ping-ponging around The Drive-Thru Province, traditional home of the Irving family, land of seafood, craft beer and more seafood, New Brunswick.  My local fixer Hillary, political ninja and tour guide to the stars, planned several days of family and friends, seeing sights like […]

The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 with Davey

We don’t usually do wine here on iScotch but my buddy Davey started working at the Wine… Shop? Store? Wine Bunker..? Nono, the Wine-o-Rama, in the Sobey’s on Metcalfe. He gave me some great recommendations for wines for gifts/supplies over the holidays. Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 comes highly recommended. Davey says […]

Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 with Davey

Innis & Gunn Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb in Winnipeg & Also Dan

The Continuing Weird Beer Adventures Of Innis & Gunn – Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb. The definition of too many things – a barrel-aged black IPA with coconut & rhubarb which is the result of a “landslide” winning contest suggestion from a Canadian, the aforementioned Don. I think I know a hundred […]

Innis & Gunn Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb in Winnipeg & Also Dan

Sleeman Sparkling Ale with Stephanie

Another holiday bottle where you pay more for extra packaging! It’s okay – I’m using it as a riser for my scotch display back row now. Sleeman Sparkling Ale was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brewery. That’s all the website has to say, aside form calling it “brilliantly filtered” and I don’t […]

Sleeman Sparkling Ale with Stephanie

Yip Cider @ The Snooty Fox, Fredericton

This one appears to have slipped through the cracks – Yip Cider from Long Reach, New Brunswick. I know I know – it’s the middle of winter, this is from last summer’s tour of Eastern Canada and Western Ontario, this is a cider review? Off brand! Yeah fair enough. Barging forward anyway. It was a […]

Yip Cider @ The Snooty Fox, Fredericton

Aviation Gin with Mum, Brenna & Steph

Aviation Gin, The American Gin Owned By A Canadian. So says the video spot starring & voiced by the professionally handsome recent gin brand purchaser, Ryan Reynolds: It works because really, all any of us want is to be purchased by a celebrity.  Especially a Canadian celebrity who would send us on very polite maple […]

Aviation Gin with Mum, Brenna & Steph

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky with Dan

When a lovely birthday present isn’t a lovely whisky – Thanks Steph! Caribou Crossing Single Barrel whisky – a birthday gift that has turned into a bit of a public service announcement. We’ve talked before about the Box Tax, well, this whisky makes you pay all the taxes. The Box Tax. The Swank Velvet Bag […]

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky with Dan

All The Spiceboxes with Mum & Dan

Spicebox spiced whisky – “real prohibition rye whisky” marked “spices” to help smuggling. There’s a great story on their website that seems to have zero relationship with this product other than them calling it “real prohibition rye whisky”. Maybe this booze is specifically banned somewhere, otherwise I don’t understand how that works. Since spicing for […]

All The Spiceboxes with Mum & Dan

Pike Creek 10y Rum Cask with Matt

I could’ve sworn we’d had a Pike Creek before, but a quick search for “creek” only pings Forty, Knob and Corner. So add another creek to the… uh.. pile? of creeks? Not creaks, creeks. This particular creek is where Pike Creek ages their whisky, in this case in Rum Casks. Altho the website only mentions […]

Pike Creek 10y Rum Cask with Matt

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

Odd Society Wallflower Oaken Gin with Steph

Odd Society Wallflower Oaken Gin. 100% British Columbian grown gin, aged in oak barrels. A pretty interesting idea. One issue we see a lot with craft gins is the mash/swamp factor. That same sort of distillate distaste you get with tequila, moonshine and young whisky, and what is likely one of the reasons we age […]

Odd Society Wallflower Oaken Gin with Steph

Premix Party – Barchef & Founder’s Original

This one’s going to be a little messy. Steph, Dan & I reviewed the Founder’s Original – Dan discovered he does not like Old Fashioneds and bowed out of the Barchef review – fair dinkum. Steph suggested we have some people by – these things are made for parties. So we invited some interesting Ottawa […]

Premix Party – Barchef & Founder’s Original

Maple3 Maple Water with Dan

We’re in the middle of tornado recovery here in Ottawa, so this week’s review is limited by data plans and battery life. Which is fine because there isn’t too much to say about this product. I had thought that Maple3 Maple Water was basically maple syrup leftovers. When you make maple syrup you boil off the […]

Maple3 Maple Water with Dan

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

A new Nova Scotian whisk(e)y (the spelling is inconsistent across their website), I hadn’t heard of Glynnevan before Dan’s friend Matt brought a bottle over. The Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye is a genuinely pan-Canadian whisky. Distilled “in the west” and then carted across the country to age next to the sea in the Maritimes. We’ve […]

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice with Dan

Flavoured whisky, man. Why do we keep doing this? Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice. It’s like honey only no not really. Not at all actually. It’s what a computer’s idea of a bee makes for honey. It’s what wasp honey probably tastes like. Like if honey was made from scorpions maybe. But this was a […]

Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice with Dan

Coffin Ridge Forbidden Dry Cider

Just a quick review this week. It has been hot as hell here for too long and I am up to my beer gut in chores that need doing. So in the name of both refreshment and productivity here’s Coffin Ridge Winery’s Forbidden Dry Cider. Here’s what I thought: nose – slight jolly rancher taste […]

Coffin Ridge Forbidden Dry Cider

Pre-Canada Day Round 2! The Liquormen’s Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky with Dan & Bowick

The LCBO is still open and you can still go pick up party fuel for Canada Day tomorrow. With that in mind and in the vein of a public service announcement: don’t buy Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Whisky. Don’t do it to yourself, and don’t serve it to your friends. Canada Day is about coming together […]

Pre-Canada Day Round 2! The Liquormen’s Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky with Dan & Bowick

Great Lakes Brewery 30th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Steph

Another big bottled, high abv, milestone-celebrating weird beer here, with a twist – it’s actually good! A lot of times these large format beers can be.. um.. challenging. A lot of hops to make big flavour can make something undrinkable or a lot of yeast to kick up the alcohol content can make things a […]

Great Lakes Brewery 30th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Steph

Reviewed! King’s Lock Craft Distillery WhiskyJack Rye with Dan & Ryan

From just outside Prescott, here’s King’s Lock Craft Distillery‘s WhiskyJack Rye. 100% rye, same as their Prescott White Rye. “Aged on oak”, which doesn’t necessarily conjure images of barrels. If I spill moonshine on a hardwood floor and leave it for the weekend is that “aged on oak”? Possibly oak chips? Possibly some kind of […]

Reviewed! King’s Lock Craft Distillery WhiskyJack Rye with Dan & Ryan

Cameron’s Brewing Where The Buffalo Roam Barley Wine with Steph

Man, am I a sucker for packaging. I think it stems from being a deeply superficial person, pun intended superficially. I will 100% cop to the gold label grabbing me on this one(*) – it hit the same button as those foil-wrapped “collector’s” cards when we were kids. If they ever put a hologram on […]

Cameron’s Brewing Where The Buffalo Roam Barley Wine with Steph

NWT Brewing Company Kicksled Cream Ale

Another road trip, another capital city, another local brew! This time it’s Yellowknife’s own NWT Brewing Company and their Kicksled Cream Ale. I didn’t track down any interesting northern critter meat, but I was lucky enough to be there on cheap burger night at the Woodyard, the restaurant attached to the brewery. What’s a kicksled? […]

NWT Brewing Company Kicksled Cream Ale

Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

Last of the Saskatoon Sessions! Sorry, publishing schedule got a little messed up when I … uh… just stopped posting for a while. Let’s just all be glad 2017 is behind us, I think that’s probably best. Live & learn. Give & grow. Or whatever. For the last of the Saskatoon Sessions we have a […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve

As I mentioned in the last post, I recently spent some time in Saskatoon and found a great little bar in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. A nice whisky selection and friendly wait staff, and decent food to boot. The order of the evening has escaped me, so we’ll do this at random. First […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve