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Stalk & Barrel Cask 2 with Dan & Goran

This is a little weird, but according to my whiskiography I’m quickly approaching 100 bottles tried, and a glaring hole in my whisky experience was that I’ve never seen a distillery.  While I’m still envisioning a whisky tour of Scotland, Ireland, Japan or Kentucky, I’ve crossed this milestone here in my home province at Still

BattleScotch! Three Ships v Phillips Union with Dan & Goran

For the sake of transparency, there were some serious protestations from The Inebriatti on this pairing, arguments that we were pitting four kinds of whisk(e)y against each other simultaneously; that Union and Three Ships were so entirely different that there was no axis for comparison. FALSE. We’re looking at two bottles of whisk(e)y gone mad

BattleScotch! Talisker Distiller’s Edition v Talisker 57° with Ryan

Long time readers of iScotch will know that we (I) am huge Talisker fan.  I’ve tried 4 different expressions and will try everything I can get my hands on for a good price (or at least, get out of the store without getting caught).  Pitting the Distiller’s Edition against the 57° was a no brainer,

Crown Royal De Luxe with Dan, Ryan & Goran

A Canadian classic, or part of the problem? Crown Royal divides whisky drinkers between those who look for the purple velvet bag (ROYALTY getit?) and those who steer clear. As it turns out, not that Canadian. Being owned by Diageo and based out of Connecticut can take some of the national sheen off any appreciation

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Rye Whisky with Dan

Here’s a quickie because I’m on the road. A few weeks ago Dan picked up this interesting bottle of straight rye whisky, something we thought was a rarity but is proving to be less of one.  Lot No. 40 is part of the Corby super-brand of mid-range booze.  Here’s what we thought: smell Dan –

Battlescotch! Jura Superstition v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Goran & Ryan

BattleScotch 2! Jura Superstition v Jura 10y Origin! This format was fun last time so we’re doing it again! But the formatting sucked last time so we’re going to try and fix it! Superstition Origin 10y Smell Dan X Goran X Simon X Ryan X Neat Dan X Goran X Simon X Ryan X Splash

Phillips Union Whiskey Kentucky Straight Bourbon/Canadian Whisky with Dan

This is the last refugee of my quick trip to Saint John, New Brunswick, and the second of what we’re calling Transnational Blends. If Three Ships was a curious rendezvous with a southern-hemisphere enchantress that makes you want to visit her foreign lands (nudgenudgewinkwink), then Phillips Union Whiskey’s cross-border mix of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and

Three Ships Premium Select Whisky 5y with Dan & Goran

We’re doing a brief detour again, this time into what we’re calling Transnational Blends territory, because we like throwing around big words we’re only probably using properly. This particular international mingling consists of Scotch and South African whiskies, and assuming the Scottish naming rules apply, all of at least five years maturity.  And while this

Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No. 4 Oak Aged Ale with Dan & Goran

There are times when I’ll cop to being suckered by marketing. Big velvety blue box, OAK AGED emblazoned on the side, gold leaf script fonts, damn son, two please. While not just a gimmick, it’s pretty gimmicky. The oak the beer is aged in is old VSOP armagnac casks. We didn’t know either, just click