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

Round 2: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Davey

Long-time loyal readers or new binge-reading transients will recognize the Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout as one of my seasonal favourites.  This holiday pause was a little disappointing in terms of interesting offerings at the LCBO (I passed on both the Glenlivet and Innis & Gunn samplers because in one case, eighty bucks for […]

Round 2: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with 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

Christmas Round-Up

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! Here’s the stash I pulled in this year, ready and waiting to have their heads pulled or twisted off and their delicious insides enjoyed by thirsty people! From left to right: homemade Chardonnay, Daldobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Black Grouse Blended Scotch, Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2014, Canadian Vlub 100% Rye, Blanton’s Kentucky Straight […]

Christmas Round-Up

Tiny Review! Glengoyne 10y Unpeated

The second Tiny Review! Supplied by my friend Steve, brought back from his travels to the exotic British Isles (first time that’s been said, I’m sure) and handed over to me for tasting and reviewing and writing up: this is Glengoyne 10y Unpeated Scotch Whisky. Glengoyne is officially/technically a Highlands scotch, but it has a […]

Tiny Review! Glengoyne 10y Unpeated

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

Wiki defines “sheep dip” as a liquid formulation of insecticide and fungicide which shepherds and farmers may use to protect their sheep from infestation against external parasites such as itch mite (Psorobia ovis), blow-fly, ticks and lice. So, yay!…? Sounds delicious. Sheep Dip Malt Whisky is made by the Spencerfield Spirit Company in Inverkeithing, across […]

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye Whisky. That’s a lot of words. AGAIN. And I’m always suspicious of whiskies with numbers in the name. I checked the website, the meagre write-up says it has been aged for “many” years. Numbers in the name, words in the age. Not a great sign. It is, however, […]

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Wiser’s Special Blend

This one’s just me. Back in September I got to spend another couple of weeks in Kincardine, Ontario, right on Lake Huron. Beautiful location, not the greatest in terms of liquor selection. I grabbed this bottle of Wiser’s Special Blend at the last LCBO before the cottage along with a case of Vernor’s ginger ale. […]

Wiser’s Special Blend

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. It’s a name whose length is only bested by how long I’ve been meaning to post this review – there just always seemed to be something better to talk about. I believe Ryan picked this up for us to try. We cracked it open and had […]

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

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

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

And now for something different. Not completely different, because 1) it’s still whisky and 2) I’m not quoting Monty Python. This is… relatively different while remaining on-topic for a website about booze. HOW relatively different, you ask? And why does it say ‘slurry’ in the title, you continue to ask? And do you really think […]

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

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

Jura Elixir 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

If you’re a long time reader, you know we’ve churned through a not-small number of bottles here at iScotch. Cost and availability are really our only limiters; we’re more than happy to try anything that could have any tangential relationship to whisk(e)y – beers, gins, flavoureds, heck we’ve even been thinking about adding rums, wines […]

Jura Elixir 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

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

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Whisky from far away lands, and our second from Japan! Nikka Whisky From The Barrel comes by way of a friend‘s mountain climbing travels. There’s a great story about this distillery – Masataka Taketsuru’s long journey from his family’s sake brewing in Takehara, Japan to university in Glasgow, Scotland, bringing home the origin of the […]

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer with Dan & Ryan

Aw yeah aw yeah! An entirely new Innis & Gunn! Available both as part of the Summer Mixed Pack AND as a tallboy, this beer represents a change for Innis & Gunn (at least in terms of what we have available in Ontario), as this is not barrel-aged or conditioned with wood. This is a […]

Innis & Gunn Lager Beer with Dan & Ryan

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA with Dan & Ryan

The first out of the Summer Mixed Pack, the Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA! Always great to see a new Innis & Gunn. There’s a nice amount of information on the website, like that this is wheat malt with a specific kind of hops (I don’t know hops). It also mentions that this isn’t […]

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA with Dan & Ryan

Updated! Steel & Oak Smoked Hefenweizen with Devin & Jono

Hand delivered from British Columbia! Which is technically illegal, if you can believe that. You can’t transport alcohol between provinces – which means every time I slip over the river to an SAQ for some whiskey or some beer from a dep’, I’m technically bootlegging. Thanks, Prohibition. Drug laws are ridiculous. Anyway, Devin dropped by […]

Updated! Steel & Oak Smoked Hefenweizen with Devin & Jono

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