2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

Aw yiss. A classic of the form. One of the pantheon. A real… thing of the… stuff. Lagavulin 8y. We’ve had exactly one Lagavulin before because they are prized, rare and expensive. But if you want a true Islay and have had enough Bowmore, you should try Lagavulin at some point. It’s like an off-white […]

2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve with Dan & Goran

More ghosts of Christmases past! Woo hoo Christmas references in August! Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve. Another wonky Scottish name, Garioch is now pronounced somewhere between Geery and Garyich, like a chubbier Gareth. Traditionally, it is pronounced GRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA with a nasal umlaut in the middle, and is screamed into the genitals of one’s defeated enemies. Glen […]

Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve with Dan & Goran

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

Suntory Toki with Dan, Steve & Goran

Suntory Whisky’s Toki! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Japanese whisky, so thanks to Steve for this wicked Christmas present. Japanese whisky follows the Scottish tradition, including how to blend – this has whiskies from three different Suntory distilleries from across the country, including grain and single malt. Oh, and Toki in Japanese […]

Suntory Toki with Dan, Steve & Goran

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

We haven’t done a BattleScotch in a long time, and this is the perfect set up. Since The Dalmore is so iterative, it will be interesting to see how their various finishes compare directly to each other. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 15y Simon – 15y Goran – 15y neat Dan – Gran […]

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

The Dalmore 18y with Dan & Goran

The last of the new stuff, the last of the Dalmore Vial Sampler. The Dalmore 18y. Briefly, since we’ve been here before, this appears to be of the same origin as the 12y and the 15y, with different finishes for different lengths.  Once again into super fancy sherry butts, which is not the name of […]

The Dalmore 18y with Dan & Goran

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

Dalmore number three, the 15y! This was actually one of the very first iScotch reviews, and one of the earliest whiskies in my whiskiography. Interesting to see that my opinion has evolved on this one – the intervening 5 years have changed either the whisky or my palate. It is weird for me to like this […]

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

Folks I am me some hella tired. this review will be suffering from a lack of sleep and the concomitant neurological impairment. i appear to bee overcompensating and undercapitalizing. Gran Reserva, also know as the second Vial of Dalmore, is a no-particular-language phrase probably meaning big reserve. Which… wouldn’t be that reserved, i guess, but […]

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

The Dalmore 12y with Dan & Goran

It has been a *long* time since our last Dalmore – fully four and a half years now. A Round 2 of the 15y is up next week, but this week it’s the first of the Dalmore Vial Sampler – The Dalmore 12y! The Dalmore claims history all the way back to 1263 –  a […]

The Dalmore 12y with Dan & Goran

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

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

BattleScotch! Black Bottle v Black Grouse with Goran

Aw yeah, BattleScotch time! Haven’t done one of these in a while. For today’s combat d’esprits, we have the illustrious and 2-time winner Black Grouse taking on the newcomer, Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle. A battle to the mid-to-low-$30s death! Here’s what we thought: nose Simon – Black Bottle Goran – Black Bottle neat Simon – […]

BattleScotch! Black Bottle v Black Grouse with Goran

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

Peat party for particular palates! We’ve got our second Islay Mist, this time their Peated Reserve. Islay Mist has done well for us in the past as one of the few geographically specific blends out there, and even beat the Islay single malt from McClelland’s (here, Matt is shouting that McClelland’s is too expensive to […]

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

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

Bowmore Legend with Steve, Goran, Dan & Matt

Post 301 y’all! Haven’t done back to back articles in a while.  Since we’re starting on a new day, with a new theme, I figured we should do a proper single malt scotch to mark the occasion. Bowmore Legend. We’re known as big Bowmore fans – before the price went up, their 12y was *the best* budget-range […]

Bowmore Legend with Steve, Goran, Dan & Matt

Talisker Storm with Steve, Julia, Goran, Matt, Ryan & Dan

The first of the birthday whisky, Talisker Storm! This is the first of the brand we’ve had in a while, but we’re long-time Talisker fans here. We’ve had the 10y, the 18y, the Distiller’s Edition and the 57°, so this is a welcome addition. It’s interesting to see how the whisky market has changed since […]

Talisker Storm with Steve, Julia, Goran, Matt, Ryan & Dan

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer with Dan, Goran & Steve

The last of the new Innis & Gunn (for now) is their White Oak Wheat Beer. This is.. well, it’s a wheat beer over white oak, but maybe you figured that out. It’s also a flavoured beer, as it’s been infused with bergamot and orange. If you’re not familiar with bergamot, it’s that flavour in […]

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer with Dan, Goran & Steve

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Ale with Dan, Goran & Steve

Always a good day when a new Innis & Gunn shows up at the LCBO. And as much as we curse the Box Tax, they sure help take a decent picture. This time around it’s the Limited Edition Highland Ale, a golden brew steeped for 30 days with oak from a “famous” highland 18y single […]

Innis & Gunn Limited Edition Highland Ale with Dan, Goran & Steve

Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle with Dan, Goran, Steve, Brian & Matt

Steve’s first submission – actually, that’s not true. Steve provided the tiny bottles for the Glengoyne and Old Fettercairn reviews, but he wasn’t around to review… not that there would have been enough, them being tiny bottles and all, Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle was a good pick. It’s not often these days that I haven’t […]

Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle with Dan, Goran, Steve, Brian & Matt

BattleScotch Royale! The English Whisky Co with Dan, Goran, Steve, Matt & Brian

You knew it had to happen. We haven’t had a setup for a proper BattleScotch! Royale this good for a while now. Obviously we had to pit the contents of The English Whisky Co sampler… uh.. crate against each other, because we’re petty tyrants who rely on competition to relate to other people instead of […]

BattleScotch Royale! The English Whisky Co with Dan, Goran, Steve, Matt & Brian

The English Whisky Co Chapter Ten Sherry Finish with Dan, Goran, Steve, Julia, Brian & Matt

The last of the limey bastards, Chapter Ten from The English Whisky Co is their sherry cask bottling. They’ve used Olorosso casks, which we first heard of from an Innis & Gunn offering, but is spelled differently here. In fact, Google asks if you mean Oloroso, a Jerez fortified wine and regular source for whisky […]

The English Whisky Co Chapter Ten Sherry Finish with Dan, Goran, Steve, Julia, Brian & Matt