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

Jack Daniels Party Time with Dan

Ah yes, the great Victoria Day long weekend, known as May 2-4 by people still drinking crap beer by the crate. “We here at iScotch only drink the best!” – a lie, best exemplified by what we did to ourselves for you, loyal reader. We put ourselves back through the Jack Daniel’s product stack to […]

Jack Daniels Party Time with Dan

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

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

First of all I’d like to apologize. The second half of 2017 has been pretty uneven for post publication. As in, all of one since I moved at the end of July. Part of this was the move and getting sorted and not having anything to review or any time to review it. Part of […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

High River Canadian Whisky with Davey

What do you get when you bottle Canadian whisky in Kentucky? Mediocre whisky. To be fair, the back-and-forth shipping of High River is probably not this whisky’s major fault. That would be the smell. And the taste. Being road agitated probably doesn’t help tho. This is a Sazerac whisky, and that’s pretty much all I can […]

High River Canadian Whisky with Davey

Ole Smoky Apple Pie Tennessee Moonshine with Virginia

Another Ole Smoky. Found this at Calgary airport, where longtime readers will know we find a lot of small tasters. This little guy was waiting at the counter and couldn’t be passed up. Of course, since presentation and taste have almost nothing to do with each other, this might look cute, but it tastes like someone got extremely […]

Ole Smoky Apple Pie Tennessee Moonshine with Virginia

Weller Special Reserve Wheated Bourbon with Dan

A new budget bourbon appeared on the shelf at the LCBO and we had to try it. Weller Special Reserve, The Original Wheated Bourbon. Despite being “wheated” (which sounds like a Saskatchewan hazing ritual), this is still marked as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The requirements for KSBW are just that the mash be 51% […]

Weller Special Reserve Wheated Bourbon with Dan

Round 2! Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Virginia

Knob Creek, purveyors of fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This is their Single Barrel Reserve, aged nine years and bottle at 60%. It’s not often a distiller can pull off a high-powered whiskey without a lot of collateral damage in the flavour and face burning departments, but Knob Creek manages to do it and still […]

Round 2! Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Virginia

Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

Just a quick little solo review for Easter: Prince Edward county’s own Barley Days Brewery. Someone gifted my folks a four-pack sample and I helped myself to this Royal George Brown Ale. Good drinking for a cooler spring evening. smell – perfect brown ale, sweet, coffee taste – good heft, chocolate presents, very smooth finish […]

Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

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

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

The pride of New Westminster, Steel & Oak. And who better to enjoy it with than my brother in law Devin and my new nephew Baby Groot! We’ve had a couple Steel & Oaks so far and enjoyed them quite a bit. This is a great local brewery making great local beers. And their tasting […]

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

Crown Royal XO with Dan

Crown Royal XO – picked this out of the Christmas exchange at work – thanks Matt! Our third Crown Royal and the first from their Master Series, the XO is a Cognac barrel aged expression of a “blend from 50 of our finest whiskies”. The Master series includes blends with as few as three whiskies, […]

Crown Royal XO with Dan

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend with Dan

Here we go, the other Stalk & Barrel blend, the Blue. So what’s going on here? Stalk & Barrel is retiring the 1+11 blend and instead offering the Blue & Red Blends as the entry and midrange bottles, respectively. We really enjoyed the 1+11 originally, but anecdotes suggest it may have changed over time – I’m not […]

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend with Dan

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend At A Party

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend! Aged single malt, rye & corn whiskies blended by the lads in Concord. It’s been a while since we’ve had a new S&B, but since we did this one at Dan’s place for a party, the notes are… not great. Here goes: nose: vanilla, floral, wood, books, sharpness, lemon & […]

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend At A Party

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

66 Gilead Wild Oak, a new Ontario whisky from Prince Edward County. Yay for whisky from within 300 kilometres from home! Thanks to Brad for picking this up on a recent trip. The Wild Oak is a corn, rye and wheat bourbon-style whisky aged in charred oak, and it does taste like a rye bourbon. […]

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

Wayne Gretzy 99 Red Cask with Dan, Davey, Vanni & Ryan

Two weeks ago we brought you AJ’s thoughts on The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky, the whisky of the Trailer Park Boys. This week’s celebrity vanity spirit is Wayne Gretzky’s No 99 Red Cask. I’ll have to grab Drake’s whatever the hell it’s called to round out (and maybe salvage) this well-marketed trio. (Photo by […]

Wayne Gretzy 99 Red Cask with Dan, Davey, Vanni & Ryan

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Hadn’t seen Vanni in a while and he swung by for birthday drinks with this interesting bottle. Thanks Vanni! Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB from Dominion City! So many things! We have steered around the wine barrel-aged stuff in the past, having experienced a few examples where the cask overpowered the contents. Getting it right should “just” […]

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

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

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought: […]

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Corner Creek Kentucky Bourbon with Virginia, Dan, Goran & Steve

Corner Creek Kentucky Bourbon, the first bourbon bottler we’ve sampled. Same as with scotch, some companies distill, some buy and blend, and some buy and bottle. This is the latter. To be more correct, we’ve had bourbon bottled by people other than the distiller – that rash of 90% plus ryes from bourbon makers we […]

Corner Creek Kentucky Bourbon with Virginia, Dan, Goran & Steve

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to […]

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross

Boxing Rock out of Shelburne, Nova Scotia! My uncle brought this out on a recent visit and dad passed it my way as review stock. I brought it in to work for a little office morale, the first Thursty Thursday of many, hopefully. The bottle describes the legend of Boxing Rock as a place in Shelburne […]

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross