Pike Creek 10y Rum Cask with Matt

I could’ve sworn we’d had a Pike Creek before, but a quick search for “creek” only pings Forty, Knob and Corner. So add another creek to the… uh.. pile? of creeks? Not creaks, creeks. This particular creek is where Pike Creek ages their whisky, in this case in Rum Casks. Altho the website only mentions […]

Pike Creek 10y Rum Cask with Matt

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

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

Aw yiss a new aged Irish whiskey – West Cork 10y! A new one for us, anyway, West Cork has been around for about 15 years. West Cork likes Bourbon casks – the entire range spends some amount of time in used American oak. Even their select sherry, rum and port special 12y expressions all […]

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

BattleScotch! Glenfarclas with Dan & Bowick

Well, you knew this was going to happen, of course. It’s not a brand sampler without a BattleScotch to tell you which is worth your time or money. Always a little tricky with the tiny bottles, but when it comes to ranking Glenfarclii, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 12y Simon – 10y Bowick […]

BattleScotch! Glenfarclas with Dan & Bowick

Glenfarclas 10y with Dan & Bowick

Aw yiss, Glenfarclas at last. We’ve seen Glenfarclas 10y on the shelves for a while, and I was tantalizingly close to getting a bottle through Secret Santa one year.  I recently found this sampler pack at the airport liquor store in Edmonton, which grimly was open at 7am. But hey, I bought liquor at 7:05 […]

Glenfarclas 10y with Dan & Bowick

Round 2! Ardbeg 10y with Dan

Just a quick one this week, loyal readers! It’s been a slog of a week, verily, and while I will be enjoying a whisky in very short order, this isn’t really a “write a bunch of stuff” moment unfortch(*). Instead, this is a BuzzFeed iScotch post! So, Round 2 for the Ardbeg 10y! We liked […]

Round 2! Ardbeg 10y with Dan

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

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

BattleScotch! Aberlour 10y v McClelland’s Speyside with Matt

Speyside BattleScotch! The budget conscious McClelland’s Speyside, a line we love, up against the allegedly more prestigious aged Aberlour. Matt’s idea was to pit two known quantity Speysides against each other as a way to calibrate how budget the budget single malt really is. What are you not getting from it that you might get […]

BattleScotch! Aberlour 10y v McClelland’s Speyside with Matt

Tobermory 10y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Davey & Matt

At long last, another Island scotch. Tobermory is a town and distillery on the Isle of Mull, home to 3000 good people, and a straight up pirate wreck. Defeated Spanish Armada types allegedly stopped by for supplies on their way to Out Of Here, yada yada yada, boat sank. Legend says there’s gold in Tobermory […]

Tobermory 10y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Davey & Matt

Ardbeg 10y with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Ardbeg! Gaelic for “little height”, or the sound you make when you stifle that midnight-toe-stub scream. Located on the southern shore of Islay, Ardbeg claims to be the island’s (not The Islands’) peatiest whisky. Part of the claim comes from sourcing their malted barley from Port Ellen and the malting distillery there. Here’s something weird. […]

Ardbeg 10y with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

BattleScotch! Edradour 10y Chateauneuf Du Pape v Highland Park 10y with Goran, Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Like recess at a public school, it’s the battle of the 10y olds! If you keep flicking the lights on and off, it triggers their bloodlust. Since we’re not back in school, we have the cask strength Edradour Chateablahblah du blah battling the Highland Park for our eternal love. Er, article. smell Dan – […]

BattleScotch! Edradour 10y Chateauneuf Du Pape v Highland Park 10y with Goran, Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Bushmills 10y Single Malt v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Alright alright alright! BattleScotch! Battle of the 10 year olds! It’s gonna be dirty fighting and name calling the whole way down. On the left, Bushmills 10y Single Malt, on the right, Jura Origin 10y. Both crowd pleasers, and while the results won’t tarnish anyone’s enjoyment of either, it might inform our purchases in the […]

BattleScotch! Bushmills 10y Single Malt v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

BattleScotch! Highland Park 10y v Highland Park 12y with Ryan & Goran

BattleScotch! Highland Park stablemates 10y and 12y duke it out in the opposite of last BattleScotch’s Terrible Bourbon-Off event! Because we had to wash that taste out of our mouths somehow. Wait, wasn’t Terrbl Borbanov the Chancellor of the Politburo? Probably. Anyway, he’s how it went down: smell Goran – 12y Ryan – 12y Simon […]

BattleScotch! Highland Park 10y v Highland Park 12y with Ryan & Goran

Alberta Springs 10y Rye with Dan, Ryan & Alex

Back in Canada. Well, Alberta. But purchased in western and consumed in eastern Ontario. Enough geography,  what is this, Rand McFrickin’ally? 4 and a half years now I’ve been waiting to use that. I don’t think it lands as good as I thought. Anyway, it’s a genuine aged rye, which makes it a bit of […]

Alberta Springs 10y Rye with Dan, Ryan & Alex

BattleScotch! Bushmills White Label Blend v Bushmills 10y Single Malt with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Chris

Here we go again! BattlesScotch gonna leave you BattleScortched (patent pending) with all the hot Bushmills on Bushmills action up in here! Something different this time: introducing the Overall Impression category, basically a fourth vote either way for the complete experience of the whisky, as a few times the scores didn’t truly reflect the decisions […]

BattleScotch! Bushmills White Label Blend v Bushmills 10y Single Malt with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Chris

Highland Park 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

What a pleasant surprise. Clocking in $15 cheaper than the excellent 12y, the Highland Park 10y is a welcome addition to the $45-60 range. While it tastes young, the pedigree is there. I would give you a link to the specific expression, but their website makes no mention of it. smell Dan – peat, coffee, […]

Highland Park 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

Another box-checking entry we’d been looking forward to.  We’ve had the Bushmills 10y before but it didn’t survive long enough to be reviewed. Oh well, a timely return. This leaves very few of the Bushmills’ stable that we haven’t tried yet – Dan is talking about tracking down the 21y later this year. Good, but […]

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

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 […]

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

The Arran Malt 10y with Steph

Awesome! Surprise scotch! One of Steph’s friends picked this up in the home country and brought it back for us.  Arran is one of the islands off western Scotland, in the same neighbor hood as Skye (Talisker), Islay and Jura, but closer to shore.  I don’t know if it was psychosomatic but knowing that made […]

The Arran Malt 10y with Steph

Glenmorangie 10y Original with Dan

The first bottle out of the Discovery Pack is the big bottle of Glenmorangie 10y.  Since the three sample bottles are all based on this scotch aged an additional 2 years in various wine casks, we figured it made the most sense to start with this one, so as to have a more informed palate. […]

Glenmorangie 10y Original with Dan

Glenmorangie Discovery Pack

This was a great get.  For the cost of a bottle of Glenmorangie Original 10y, you get a bottle of Glenmorangie Original 10y, with three other scotches to try, each aged an additional 2 years in different kinds of casks.  The Quinta Ruban 12y is aged in port casks, the Nectar d’Or 12y in sauternes […]

Glenmorangie Discovery Pack