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Jim Beam Original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Ryan & Goran

Sometimes there isn’t much to say about a bourbon.  Allegedly Jim Beam is the world’s best selling bourbon, oops, sorry, “Number 1” bourbon.  “Best selling” is something that could be backed up by data. Whereas “Number 1” is a sort of nebulous non-specific claim that looks good in marketing materials. They make lots of claims

Highball Collective Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger with Ryan

Having a scotch blog isn’t all decades-old drams and scantily clad whiskeyettes doing suggestive dances in your face while you wax poetic on the emotional evocativeness of different phenols and long molecules in a fine glass of grain distillate. It’s mostly that, obviously. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S THIS. Exactly like a trench runner falling on a

Innis & Gunn Scottish Pale Ale with Ryan

Another tasty new Innis & Gunn brew. Good and light for summer, while retaining the classic I&G robustness. It’s a push towards the craft beer hoppiness, but manages to provide the flavour without that hop spice. A good balance. Simon – Smells like Molson Export? good lighter beer, very very smooth, sweet, slight pine. Ryan

Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish with Ryan

Another year, another Innis & Gunn Canadian edition.  This time, they haven’t tied it to Canada Day, which widens their sales window significantly. The guy at the LCBO mentioned large numbers of boxed I&G bottles left until Christmas, since people weren’t going to buy Canada Day beer from late July on.  Unless they are like

Chivas Regal 12y Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan & Ryan

A fine blend. Chivas Regal 12y is the bottom of the line entry from Chivas, a blender that also offers 18y and 21y blended expressions. They appear to be based out of the Strathisla Distillery, which makes me think there’s a good reason for that, likely making up a significant portion of the blend. But

Wild Turkey 81 Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

Back in bourbon country. I am developing a fondness for the matured southern dram, that’s for sure. Wild Turkey 81 is… getting there. I wasn’t blown away, but there was enough merit to look into some of the others in the line. The website says it’s aged 6-8 years, so there’s no age expression on

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12y with Goran & Ryan

We need to start with a bit of a come-clean about Johnnie Walker.  None of us get it. We don’t get why JW is considered a great drink, let alone why it has the prestige it does. This is the second Label we’ve tried and we still don’t. smell Simon – honey, toffee, maple, smoke

Jameson Irish Whiskey with Goran & Ryan

Just a quick few words today on a old soldier. Jameson Irish Whisky has been around forever, for good reason. While nothing outstanding, this is a good whiskey for the price. smell Simon – smooth, wood, sweet, light solvent Goran – liquor, chocolate, rose Ryan – plastic, floral neat Simon – smooth, late burn, raspberry

BattleScotch! McClelland’s Speyside v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Bowick

Our 100th post, so it’s time to do something new. In BattleScotch! we pit two or more bottles related by either obvious elements or esoteric justifications against each other in a rigorous taste-off. Not really, this is just an attempt at a straight forward answer to “Which would you buy?”  We’ll provide the raw data

McClelland’s Speyside Single Malt Scotch with Steph

Here we have McClelland’s Speyside, brother from another region to their Islay bottling. McClelland’s range is pretty reasonably priced, so it’s not too much of a hardship to give it a go. It’s not amazing spirits, but they tend to be decent examples of the region they’re taken from, this one obviously meant to showcase