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Glengoyne 12y with Dan, Steph & Bowick

Glengoyne! A highland Single Malt Scotch that we’ve only seen a little of before. A quirk of geography puts the Glengoyne stills in the Highlands while the maturing happens all the way (across the street) in the Lowlands. Silly things happen when people draw lines on maps. Aged in sherry and bourbon casks, the 12

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 –

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Here’s one we’d been missing for a while, one that had escaped the LCBO before we had a chance to try it. Good old Cloud 9 in Alberta comes through again with Strathisla 12y single malt Scotch. The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland, this Speyside scotch is the backbone and principle whisky of the

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

It’s Dad’s birthday and he’s gone to the liquor cabinet and pulled out this Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve. We’ve had a 12y Glenfiddich before, but it’s not clear if this is the same stuff. I know for sure this bottle pre-dates my drinking whisky. Dad received this as a gift from a close friend when my

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

Glenfarclas 12y with Dan & Bowick

Alright, the last of the Glenfarclii, the 12y. We can jump right to the notes, here’s what we thought:   nose Dan – old banana, salty baked bread, fresh fudge Simon – old candies, cereal, smoked fish Bowick – coffee, wheat neat Dan – spicy & salty, fried melon Simon – sting and spice, not

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

We haven’t done a BattleScotch in a long time, and this is the perfect set up. Since The Dalmore is so iterative, it will be interesting to see how their various finishes compare directly to each other. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 15y Simon – 15y Goran – 15y neat Dan – Gran

Dewar’s 12y Ancestor Blend with Dan, Davey, Matt & Steve

As this project has gone on, we’ve found a unique kind of satisfaction in checking off another expression of a brand we’ve enjoyed before. The completist’s high, the collector’s sense of progress. This isn’t that. Dewar’s 12y comes in a fantastically designed bottle & sleeve combination that I think is a nod to Compass Box and what

Cardhu 12y with Steve, Goran, Julia, Dan & Matt

Welcome to 2016 and THE FUTURE! It’s a leap year and I hear there may even be a new iPhone this year. Marvelous time, this future. What better way to kick off the new year, our 6th calendar year of domain registration (even if maybe the first couple months there was nothing here), than with a

Round 2! The Glenlivet 12y with Steve

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everybody! Just posting a quick Round 2! review today because hey, it’s the holidays, guys. Here’s our previous review of The Glenlivet 12y. Next week we’ll start the year off with a couple of classic scotches as well as some Christmas gift reviews. Keep your stick on the ice; here’s

BattleScotch! Tomatin Spanish Sherry 12y v 15y v Oloroso 18y with Dan

BattleScotch! Tomatin Stillmen’s Choice Edition! Aw yeah aw yeah! It wouldn’t be a reasonably priced selection of delicious single malt scotches without us wringing one more post out of it. In the review of the 18y article, I went into some detail about why older scotch may not necessarily tasting “better”. If you’d like to read more

Tomatin Spanish Sherry 12y with Dan

Welcome to Tomatin Month at iScotch. What? you say. Is this some kind of sponsorship jam? Nope! Just found this sampler at the liquor store in the Calgary airport and Dan & I rattled off three reviews and a BattleScotch in an evening. So here we go! Up first we have the Tomatin Spanish Sherry

Gibson’s Finest Rare 12y with Davey

Okay… This is a head-scratcher. This might technically be a Round 2, but it’s hard to say. We’ve had Gibson’s Finest 12y before, but it didn’t have the word “Rare” on it, and the LCBO lists the Finest 12y and the Finest Rare 12y as separate listings. But the Gibson’s website lists their “Rare” as 18y, while

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

Round 2: Bowmore 12y with Ryan & Goran

A return to a favourite. Bowmore 12y has long been one of our favourites, one of the few scotches I’ve bought more than once. This particular bottle comes from Goran’s collection. We have had the Bowmore 12y before, as well as several others, but the last review was about 60 words long, hence this Round

Gibson’s Finest 12y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Part one of our Drank Myself Budget Unconscious series, Gibson’s Finest 12y. And we’ve managed to stay one rung off the bottom here, because at almost $2.00 more than the Sterling per 750ml, this is the second tier offering from Gibson’s. Gibson’s is owned by Grant’s from Scotland, and was known for it’s rye in

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12y with Goran & Ryan

The classic Christmas cadieux, the boozy boxed set. Thanks Ryan! Canadian Club gets a bit of a bad rap, one we tried to address with our review about the Premium. Unfortunately, this particular numbered-C12-057-for-some-reason Classic misses the mark fairly significantly. Canadian Club is one of those brands that gets named drop when trying to establish

BattleScotch! anCnoc 12y v Auchentoshan 12y with Ryan, Goran & Bowick

It’s the Highland v Lowland 12y scotches that start with ‘A’ BattleScotch! We haven’t had a lot of lowlands and don’t have a full impression of the regional qualities yet, but this little contest helped a bit, highlighting the differences. Here’s what we thought: smell Ryan – anCnoc 12y Simon – anCnoc 12y Goran –

BattleScotch! The Glenlivet 12y v The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Ryan & Goran

You knew it was going to happen. You knew as soon as you saw us review the second Glenlivet, you knew “they’re gonna BattleScotch! the 12y and the 15y, I know it”. You knew that. That’s okay. You can own that, bro. Good looking out. We can keep this one short, this is as straightforward

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

ScotchParty Review #4 – Auchentoshan 12y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Ashley, Jared & Bowick

Sounds German, tastes Scottish.  A quick Google for “etymology auchentoshan” reveals it’s just very old Gaelic from a branch that hasn’t made its way into common Scots English. Apparently this is both “the Glasgow whisky” AND “the breakfast whisky” which leads me to believe a Glasgow brunch is a good place to get punched in

ScotchParty Review #3 – BattleScotch! The Glendronach 12y Original v The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Jared, Ashley, Alex, Goran, Ryan, Dan & Bowick

BATTLESCOTCH AT A SCOTCHPARTY. THE BATTLE OF THE GLENS. Sorry for the shouting.  We pitted The Glendronach 12y Original against The Glenrothes Select Reserve literally because they both have Glen in the name – The GlenDronach is an aged expression Highlander and The Glenrothes is a non-specific Speysider, so it really was the only axis

ScotchParty Review #1 – The GlenDronach 12y Original with Dan, Ryan, Goran, Bowick, Ashley & Jared

So, we had a little get-together. Everyone brought a bottle. We did our level best to properly review all of them. Seriously, we really really tried. A part of the BenRiach brand, GlenDronach is one of the deepest red scotches I’ve ever seen, and since we tasted this one towards the beginning of the night,

anCnoc 12y with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Steph

It’s pronounced a-nock. Steph picked this up for me in Montreal, and it’s one that’s been on the to-try list for a while.  We also got to verify the consistency of our tasting experience by staging this over three tastings – me, Goran and Ryan, then Dan, then Steph.  The consistency was a nice affirmation.

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

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

The Glenlivet 12y with Dan & Ryan

The Glenlivet.  Another fairly glaring absence from our testing roles, finally remedied! The Glenlivet is an elder, storied distillery.  I would tell you more about it but I can’t type their tag lines like “a tale of single-minded determination and irrepressible spirit” and still respect myself, so go check out their website.  They have videos

Glenmorangie 12y Lasanta with Dan

Okay.  Last of the Glenmorangies.  Pretty sick of typing Glenmorangie.  Only 5 minutes left to get this post up so here goes. Lasanta aged in sherry casks. Which means I probably won’t like it.  And I didn’t. smell dan – burn, thick church wine, molasses, grape simon – cocoa, grape, pear neat dan – no

Glenmorangie 12y Nectar d’Or with Dan

The next sampler out of the Glenmorangie Discovery Pack is the 12y Nectar d’Or, aged in Sauternes casks.  What is Sauternes? you might ask.  Totally legit, so did I. Sauternes is a sweet french wine, from some specific region of France and, interestingly, afflicted with a specific blight.  Botrytis Cinerea causes noble rot, which partially

Glenmorangie 12y Quinta Ruban with Dan

There’s only so much you can write about one scotch distiller and I feel like I’ve covered anything worth mentioning in the last two posts, so instead I thought I’d write about what Quinta Ruban is. According to Google, it’s this scotch expression aged in port casks.  Wahwah.  So, okay, that’s kind of predictable.  I

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

Elijah Craig 12y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Alex

Another case of a splash of water making all the difference.  And it’s another case of a slightly overproofed spirit.  It’s possible that my tongue has become accustomed to the 40-43% abv range and anything over that, while fun to drink for other reasons, is simply too overpowering for a true tasting. Anyway, Elijah Wood

Caol Ila 12y with Dan

The unpronounceable Caol Ila (allegedly either ‘cool eye-la’ or ‘cull eela’ depending where you look) is another Malts.com brand, the web presence that covers Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Lagavulin and a host of other top-end scotches.  Their website is a little confusing, in that they show six different bottles but only detail four, while the LCBO

MacAllan 12y Sherry Oak with Katherine

Yay for surprise scotch presents!  Katherine grabbed this for me a few weeks ago so obviously I had to get her help for the review.  You may recognize MacAllan as the scotch Joel McHale/Jeff Winger drinks on Community/The Today Show, apparently. Asking for ‘a” MacAllan is a bit like rolling into Boston and asking for

Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt with Katherine at the Whisky Cafe

3rd round, Whisky Cafe.  Time to get weird.  We tried the Nikka Taketsuru 12y Pure Malt Whisky, Japan’s equivalent of a blend of single malts.  This was unlike any whisky I’ve had so far – almost as smooth as a liquor, clear tasting for such a dark drink. Me: smooth, clean, comfortable Katherine: light, fruity,