BattleScotch! Canadian B’s Edition (Bearface v Barnburner) with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Video BattleScotch!      nose Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Barnburner neat Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Bearface 7y finish Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Bearface 7y splash Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Chris – Barnburner overall Simon – Barnburner Steve – Barnburner Bengt […]

BattleScotch! Canadian B’s Edition (Bearface v Barnburner) with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Bearface 7y Triple Oak Canadian Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Video Review!  Bearface is a somehow new 7y Canadian whiskey. I’m being facetious – you can do that by buying other people’s at least 7y whisky. It looks like this company buys, blends and barrels, but I can’t tell exactly how much they do from their very internet website. Said very internet website has […]

Bearface 7y Triple Oak Canadian Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad & Chris

Barnburner Small Batch Ontario Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad, Chris & Junior

Video Review! Barnburner Ontario Whisky from Maverick Distillery. This was a sleeper – probably one of the best tasting budget Canadian whiskies I’ve had, and I’m super judgey of Canadian whiskies. Here’s more of what we thought: Nose Stephan – smells strong, nose tickler, smell the alcohol, not very subtle, coughing from smelling it, a […]

Barnburner Small Batch Ontario Whisky with Steve, Bengt, Brad, Chris & Junior

Tomatin Cù Bòcan with Dan

We have done so many Tomatin – this is number seven – at this point there’s not a lot to say. Tomatin Cù Bòcan – near as I can tell this one translates to something about dogs which makes sense because it tasted like flea and tick shampoo. This is the first whisky to ever […]

Tomatin Cù Bòcan with Dan

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan

The Balvenie 17y DoubleWood. This is one of those stop and appreciate whiskies that doesn’t come along very often. This whisky is “change the frame” good. You remember the run of five Johnnies Walker and the BattleScotch? Afterwards, Chris & Stephan mentioned they’d quite enjoyed a couple JWs. That’s not impossible, but I happened to […]

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan

That Time I Drank 21 Whiskeys With Dan

A recent very excellent birth day present, two tickets to Whiskey Ottawa, thanks Hillary! A massive event with a good 3-400 people and looooots of different whiskeys and whiskies. So much scotch, such tiny glasses. For the sake of it not taking half a year to publish, and because the notes are short and get […]

That Time I Drank 21 Whiskeys With Dan

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

After doing a bunch of these reviews (like… a bunch), you can sort of perceive bigger trends. Like how for a bourbon, you need either a year or a cork, and preferably both. How Irish whiskey is the best value for flavour, but Canadian is what you buy if you’re mixing. One thing we’ve noticed […]

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

BattleScotch! Clyde May’s Official Alabama State Spirit Edition with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Another Video BattleScotch!  Okay so those were… weird. Which of Alabama’s Official State Spirit did the iSiLive team prefer? Here’s the chart: nose Simon – Bourbon Bengt – Alabama Style Whiskey Brad – Bourbon Chris – Alabama Style Whiskey neat Simon – Bourbon Bengt – Alabama Style Whiskey Brad – Alabama Style Whiskey Chris […]

BattleScotch! Clyde May’s Official Alabama State Spirit Edition with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

VIDEO! VIDEO! VIDEO! Clyde Who? Straight What? Bourbon… from where? ANSWER: Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon from Alabama. What do those things mean again? Bourbon: from America, with 51% corn in the original mash. Straight Bourbon: from America, with 51% corn in the mash, in new charred barrels, minimum two years, within a specific abv range […]

Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Another Video Review Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskey. “Distilled Since 1946, Legal Since 2001” is a pretty great slogan. Especially since within four years they’d be the official state liquor of Alabama, followed shortly by a few alcohol production and sales convictions. But it’s all better now. Now you can get their bottles in Massachusetts and […]

Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey with Bengt, Brad & Chris

Teaser Tuesday! Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskeys

I was down in the states visiting family and friends, and we stopped in a small (giant) liquor store in… I would say Massachusetts if I don’t know how to spell it. But yeah, a liquor store discovery in the greenest depths of Northern America (which is the middle of North America) – Clyde May’s […]

Teaser Tuesday! Clyde May’s Alabama Whiskeys

BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another video review, here we go!  So which of the Johnnies Walker is best? Check below: nose Simon – Blue Label Brad – Ultimate 18y Chris – Double Black Junior – Ultimate 18y neat Simon – Black Label 12y Brad – Blue Label Chris – Ultimate 18y Junior – Gold Label finish Simon – […]

BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another Review! Another Video Review!  Finally, the almighty Johnnie Walker Blue. What makes this blend worth over $300 a bottle? Nothing! It isn’t. nose Simon – sharp, mashier, honey or caramel on browning apple slices Brad – mellow, moss, ron swanson in scotland, excited Chris – faint, wheat field, country, spring day Junior – […]

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker 18y Ultimate with Brad, Chris & Junior

Going to kick it off with the video review again:  Here’s the written review. Not too much more I can say about Johnnie Walker, other than that this is the 18y and it is apparently the Ultimate but also demonstrably not ultimate expression of Johnnie Walker. nose Simon – baby powder, honey lozenge, nail […]

Johnnie Walker 18y Ultimate with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve with Brad, Chris & Junior

Once again, video to start!  Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is yet another colour entry in the Johnnie Walker line. What makes it Gold? Why is it Reserved? Is it better than Johnnie Walker Brass Label Unlimited? Who knows! nose Simon – mild mash, “goldish” i guess, eggs, honey Brad – very subtle, hint […]

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

How about we start this one with the video! Johnnie Walk Double Black is not twice as good as the regular Black Label. In fact, whatever taste Black is, it seems a lot like this has less of it. It claims to be peatier and aged in more-charred barrels or something, but that is not […]

Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

Round 2! Johnnie Walker 12y Black Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

This one we’ve done before, so I’ll keep it brief this time around. First up out of the Johnnie Walker set is arguably my favourite, the 12y Black Label. The second from the bottom of the range, this holds with a lot of other blends and famous brands – it’s significantly better than the base […]

Round 2! Johnnie Walker 12y Black Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Teaser Tuesday! Johnnie Walker Discover Pack

Finally. Seven months after purchase, we finally got around to tasting this set. A broad selection of Johnnie Walkers, as it turns out, is not appreciable better than a narrow one. But you can read about it. And maybe watch it if I get the video edited in time.

Teaser Tuesday! Johnnie Walker Discover Pack

Round 2 (Sort Of)! Unibroue 17 Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Ale with Steve

Steve is a tricky palate. He likes things other people don’t, and doesn’t like much of what we’d consider “the good stuff”, except for the odd time he really likes the really good stuff. This is one of those times. Unibroue is one of Quebec’s more interesting large brewers – they have the curiosity to […]

Round 2 (Sort Of)! Unibroue 17 Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Ale with Steve

Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

Another Grouse, this time Naked – The Naked Grouse.  Why Naked? Why not, exclaims the website nakedgrouse.com, which doesn’t appear to be part of the Famous Grouse site. In fact this IS a blended grain Grouse from 2011, relaunched as not-a-Grouse with a Grouse name for “older millennials” with only malt whiskies making the blend. […]

Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

I don’t like sour beers. This Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale from Belgium is a sour beer. I didn’t like it either. The time cask aging doesn’t fix it. But the website says this is a “specialist beer aimed more at experts” if you wanted to read some pretentious trash on a Saturday. I […]

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

Dominion City Brewing Between Two Evils Imperial Stout with Davey

Dominion City Brewing in Ottawa does a lot of interesting stuff, but Davey and I couldn’t agree on whether this was one of them. As stouts go, it’s great for people who don’t like stouts. Whether it’s for you is yours to discover, here’s what we thought: nose Davey – 70% dark chocolate, acai Simon […]

Dominion City Brewing Between Two Evils Imperial Stout with Davey

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A rogue’s smile and an upgraded ticket got me into the Air Canada lounge in Winnipeg (mostly the ticket), where I found this relic of a grandfather’s attic. Hung upside down in an airport lounge for who knows how long, it’s also been breathing for about 10 […]

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

Wild Turkey Longbranch with Davey

Quick review this week, Wild Turkey Longbranch Bourbon! Small batch bourbon made with weird woods! How much do you trust the “small batch” label from a large distiller tho? I dunno. Here’s what we thought: nose Davey – spicy tomato sauce Simon – caramel pie crust, sweet corn, bbq, candy necklace candy neat Davey – […]

Wild Turkey Longbranch with Davey