The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

On Wednesday I flew in to Vancouver for work, and last night I met up with my sister and brother-in-law who live out here. I haven’t had a chance to visit in two years, so a bit of a fest was in order. I had been to The Pourhouse my last visit to Vancouver, but […]

The Pourhouse, Gastown, Vancouver with Brenna & Devin

Death’s Door Gin with Peter & Virginia

Last night I had a brief visit with some old friends in Toronto, and I took a bottle of gin with me to say hello. I found Death’s Door Gin at the LCBO and immediately dug the label – I like maps. The little bit of marketing was pretty compelling and the price was right. Death’s […]

Death’s Door Gin with Peter & Virginia

Ty·Ku Soju with Davey & Alex

Ty·Ku Soju is an odd one. An Japanese-referencing take on a Korean beverage, made by two American bros. Seriously, they got into this so they could get drunk and “maintain their bodies”, ffs. Soju itself is an older, weaker whiskey. It uses barley, wheat, rice, sweet potatoes, tapioca, whatever you have in the barn that’s […]

Ty·Ku Soju with Davey & Alex

Traverse City Whiskey Company 4y Straight Bourbon with Dan & Julia

The second review from my business trip to Michigan! I was going to be pretty disappointed if I didn’t find something local in MI, USA. It’s a working state, and working people need good booze to keep them from thinking about how much work they still have to do. And let me tell you, Traverse […]

Traverse City Whiskey Company 4y Straight Bourbon with Dan & Julia

Cooper’s Cask Coffee with Dan & Julia

This is pretty awesome. John at Cooper’s contacted me to see if we’d be interested in giving whisky cask aged coffee a taste. It’s one of those happy coincidences that Dan is a coffeehouse manager and a competitive barista to boot. So we said hell yes. The parcel arrived from Rhode Island with that bag […]

Cooper’s Cask Coffee with Dan & Julia

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale with Brad

I spent a few days down in (relatively) sunny Michigan for a Michigan Municipal League tradeshow, and stumbled across another Canadian. Well, not… not Canadian beer, like Molson Canadian Beer, but a lower-case-upper-case-C Canadian beer…ugh. Let’s try this again – I was down in the States with my buddy Brad for work and we found […]

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale with Brad

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey with Davey & Alex

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey.  Why is it a Gentleman and what makes it rare? Let’s investigate! The main selling difference between Gentleman Jack and his dirt common cousin regular Jack Daniel’s is a second charcoal filtering. If you believe the marketing, this smooths it significantly, and is noteworthy because Gentleman Jack is the only […]

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey with Davey & Alex

Blanton’s Single Barrel with Goran & Davey

Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This has been on the to-try list for a while now, so this was a great Christmas present. Great bottle. Good website. Excellent product placements on Bored To Death (a personal favourite), House Of Cards & Justified. A Sazerac brand related to the Buffalo Trace lineage, Blanton’s has […]

Blanton’s Single Barrel with Goran & Davey

George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky with Dan & Davey

Another Dickel! Everyone needs a good Dickel every once in a while, right? I’m right. We introduced this brand with their Rye, and we talked about sour mash whiskey before with Jack Daniels. However, despite those two strikes, George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise. So […]

George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky with Dan & Davey

Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey with Dan & Goran

Welcome to 2015. This year will mark 3 years of iScotch, and there’s a good chance we’ll cross 300 posts and a million views this year too. And what better way to start another year of whiskey than with something good and weird? Koval is definitely unusual: from Illinois, organic, single Minnesotan barrel and made […]

Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey with Dan & Goran

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

And now for something different, again. Yeah, it’s different in almost exactly the same way as last time, but slightly different from that. This time, we’ve created a concoction of… um… well, I can’t honestly remember if this is just bourbons, or all American whiskies. But yeah, Project Pour Stuff Together Over The Course Of […]

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey with Dan, Goran & Davey

Today is Hallowe’en! The perfect day to review this horror-show, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. This… drink… is kind of a nightmare, front to back. The taste is overpowering (but more on that later) and the marketing is over the top. There’s a promo video of a swarm of male King Bees hunting a bottle down […]

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey with Dan, Goran & Davey

George Dickel 95% Rye Whisky with Ryan, Davey & Alex

Alright, the first of a new brand. George Dickel Rye! Let’s give it a go. This is a Tennessee whisky… or is it? On the page above, they are very careful to talk up the quality of the rye without actually saying they make it themselves. Which, if you remember, was the same as Bulleit […]

George Dickel 95% Rye Whisky with Ryan, Davey & Alex

Knob Creek Straight Rye with Dan & Ryan

Return to Knob Country! Wow, that sounds like the name of a porn. Back to back Knobs here at-nope. Um… We’re busy Knobbing away-no. In the middle of a good Knobfest-not okay. SOMETHING SOMETHING THE 3RD KNOB CREEK. It’s awry. Well no, the start of this post is awry, this Knob Creek is a rye. […]

Knob Creek Straight Rye with Dan & Ryan

Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Dan

Back to the creek best known for its knobs. That is a terrible intro, so let me try again. Knob Creek! Single Barrel! 120 Proofs! All the proofs! We’ve had a Knob Creek before, about a year and a half ago, and the last review is a little, or completely, light on the information. I’m […]

Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Dan

Eagle Rare 10y with Ryan

Eagle Rare 10y. It’s got eagles, and it’s rare. ‘Murica. Eagle Rare is part of the Beam group, and is distilled in the same place as Buffalo Trace. We gave them crap about their web presence and marketing stuff the first time, but Eagle Rare is a little different. They have a lot of their […]

Eagle Rare 10y with Ryan

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Because when you make okay bourbon, why not try okaying at other things too? While it doesn’t mention in what type of wood this whiskey was aged for or how long (presumably 3 years), the website does detail the mash pretty clearly: 95% rye 5% malted barley. We like that kind of […]

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select. That’s a pretty huge mouthful of a name,  let’s take a look: Why 1792? That’s the year Kentucky became a state.  Since the distillery was established in 1879, the why is marketing. In fact, the why on the whole damn name is marketing wrung through the legal system, exclusively. Why […]

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

BattleScotch! Jim Beam 6y Black v Fighting Cock 6y with Dan

BattleScotch! The Exactly-6-Year-Old-Kentucky-Straight-Bourbons-Within-Five-Dollars-Of-Each-Other Edition! From competing distillers, Jim Beam 6y Black is a member of, duh, Team Jim Beam, while Fighting Cock 6y whips it out at Heaven Hill Distillers. We’ve covered their backstory before, this competition was truly inevitable! They are as matched as they can be, with a slight geographic disadvantage for Fighting […]

BattleScotch! Jim Beam 6y Black v Fighting Cock 6y with Dan

Fighting Cock 6y with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Fighting Cock 6y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Really, how could we not. This amazingly-named bourbon comes to us from Heaven Hill Distillery by way of the SAQ in Sherbrooke.  We’ve previously tried the Elijah Craig 12y from Heaven Hill, a review that suffered from the lack of much information online. Heaven Hill’s brand-specific web presence […]

Fighting Cock 6y with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Jim Beam 6y Black with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Taking a brief break from the flavoured kids and getting back with a classic, Jim Beam. The Jim Beam Black is a 6y bourbon.. or 8, depending where and when you buy it, which means you’re getting either triple aged or… uh.. double aged? This is weird – the website calls this a double-aged 8y, […]

Jim Beam 6y Black with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Red Stag Kentucky Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Goran

We’re riding the line between Weirdosland and Flavoured Country right now, and this week we wander into Black Cherry gulch. Gulch being apt as it’s the grossest sounding place name I can think of without Googling. Red Stag is a line from Jim Beam which also offers such other palate-bangers as “Hardcore Cider” (I love […]

Red Stag Kentucky Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Goran

Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Here we have the first of our flavoured whiskies, Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky. We’re broadening our horizons and widening our palates by letting strangers put chemicals in our drinks. Revel Stoke comes from Phillips Distilling, makers of the Phillips Unions Canadian Whisky/Kentucky Straight Bourbon (but called a Whiskey) melding (meddling? meddling), and this appears to […]

Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Updated! Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Goran

As you know if you’ve read any of our previous 200-some-odd posts, here at iScotch we are novelty junkies. We love new, weird ways of making whiskey. We’re going to be showcasing some new stuff here over the next few months, including some flavoured whiskies, some foreign whiskies and just some weirdo whiskies. It’s the […]

Updated! Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Goran