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

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

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Highland Park Magnus. Big dark bottle, cool.. uh.. dragon.. wolfy sort of logo. Classic Highland Park. And by “classic” Highland Park I mean this truism: the less you pay for Highland Park the better it is. And not just in that classic market economics sense. We’ve had a few Highland Parks at iScotch and we’ve […]

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

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

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

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

Round 2! Dalwhinnie 15y with Dan

Just a quick Round 2! for this glorious August weekend. Scotch doesn’t always feel like a summer drink, but on those cooler evenings in front of the grill or out in nature, it can be the right compliment. And when it’s as good as Dalwhinnie, all the better. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – […]

Round 2! Dalwhinnie 15y with Dan

The Deveron 12y with Dan

A Highland single malt from Bacardi by way of Dewar’s, from the Macduff Distillery: The Deveron 12y. This is one of three expressions launched in 2015, a new line from a newerish distillery that used to produce mostly for blends. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – strawberry creamsicle, salt water, candied apple Simon – […]

The Deveron 12y with Dan

King Robert II Blend with Dan

A lovely Christmas present reviewed in the spring and finally published on one of the hottest days of the year. It’s hot. It’s real hot. You’d be excused by saying “Damn, dude, surely this is the kind of weather best suited for a refreshing gin review or some such” and I would agree with you, […]

King Robert II Blend with Dan

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

The Ardmore Legacy with Dan

Once again, it’s been a while since we had a single malt scotch, the whisky after which the site is named. This happens, of course, because other whiskies, spirits & beers tend to be cheaper. Scotch still carries the whisky banner and therefore the price standard, even if Americans like to pay a lot for […]

The Ardmore Legacy with Dan

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

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

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

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

The last from the big blue box, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch, because why not take 20 syllables and 10 words to name your thing.  Isn’t there some notable quote about how being concise is… like, good? Port Charlotte isn’t just a figment of marketing magic, it’s an actual place. […]

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley with Dan & Ryan

Second out of the box, we have Bruichladdich’s Unpeated Islay Barley. It’s.. uh.. … it’s what the name says it is, I guess. I’ve tried to find this expression on the website, but i don’t have a conclusive link. The small bottles listed point to extremely specific (expensive sounding) terroir-y unpeated expressions. This is upeated, […]

Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

First out of the Big Box o Bruichladdich – the Classic Laddie! The Classic is an established blend, created by one distiller and now serves as the mark the new distiller/blender must hit. This makes for better product consistency over time but I can imagine it might chafe after awhile. An unpeated  expression, this is […]

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky.  Named for an old whiskying injury, apparently. Which makes sense because this was kind of painful to drink. A blended malt means this is a blend of single malt scotches from a number of distilleries. Blends allow for a more consistent product over time, and can have added depth if […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder