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BattleScotch! Compass Box Edition with Dan

Not every one has the time or budget to buy selections of tiny whiskies and write down their subjective impressions – no, as a busy working non-layabout mortal on the giggity-go, you need to know where the best bang for your whisky dollar is to be had! And that’s the sheer genius of the BattleScotch!

BattleScotch! Tomintoul Glenlivet Edition with Dan & Goran

BattleScotch o’clock, Tomintoul time! You knew it was coming – we can’t do a whole month from one distiller without pitting them against each other in petty subjective combat. Cutting to the chase, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran – 25y neat Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran

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! 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

BattleScotch! Black Bottle v Black Grouse with Goran

Aw yeah, BattleScotch time! Haven’t done one of these in a while. For today’s combat d’esprits, we have the illustrious and 2-time winner Black Grouse taking on the newcomer, Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle. A battle to the mid-to-low-$30s death! Here’s what we thought: nose Simon – Black Bottle Goran – Black Bottle neat Simon –

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

BattleScotch Royale! The English Whisky Co with Dan, Goran, Steve, Matt & Brian

You knew it had to happen. We haven’t had a setup for a proper BattleScotch! Royale this good for a while now. Obviously we had to pit the contents of The English Whisky Co sampler… uh.. crate against each other, because we’re petty tyrants who rely on competition to relate to other people instead of

BattleScotch! Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Aw yeah aw yeah! Haven’t had a BattleScotch in a while! And this is a real unfortunate pairing to bring back this awesome original concept that we thought up, two things competing against each other. Never been done before, ever ever. Chinook v Gibson’s Finest Sterling, the battle for literally the bottom shelf. This is

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! The Black Grouse v The Famous Jubilee with Goran & Matt

Here we go! Let’s hear it for predictable BattleScotches! Today, of course, we’re pitting The Black Grouse against The Famous Jubilee. You could say that this particular head-to-head makes more sense than some of our previous pairings, and I’d agree, but I’d probably also start shout-asking you questions about YOUR scotch blog and how YOU

BlenderScotch Royale! Dewar’s White Label v The Black Grouse v Cutty Sark with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Matt

Here we go, welcome to our first at-home, more-than-two-way BattleScotch! That’s not really anything noteworthy, except that it’s called BlenderScotch! Royale because BIG CLICKS BABY. And also because this is the review we did ON the second anniversary of iScotch. As per corporate policy, we have reviewed all three bottles on their own: Dewar’s White

BattleScotch! Islay Mist 8y v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Hmmm… our first BattleScotch! over the Blend Line? Some people (Goran) loudly protested this particular combatax spiritus because a blend is for blend times and a single malt is for single malt time. There is some precedence – we BattleScotch!ed two transnational blends that had basically nothing in common, although in fairness Goran loudly protested

BattleScotch! Oban 14y v Macallan Amber with Ryan & Goran

A BattleScotch! with actual single malt scotch again! Yay! We have two heavy hitting highlanders here, the classic Oban 14y and the newly minted Macallan Amber. These two represent some of the nicer scotches we’ve had a chance to try, to being able to pit them one against the other is a nice treat. Here’s

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

Christmas Day Battlescotch! As if today weren’t awesome/stressful enough, let’s throw in some more conflict and alcohol! At least this way you’ll know which of these to use to smooth out your coffee and your relatives. We’ve had a Forty Creek before, but I didn’t do much digging for the last article. Forty Creek distillery

BattleScotch! Glenglassaugh’s Peated v Fledgling XB with Matt & Ryan

BattleScotch! Well, BattleMake, but that sounds like a shit fight.  You knew this was coming; we’ve BattleScotched on far less of a similarity in the past. The Peated v Fledgling XB – two experiments duke it out for some time in the cask. Here’s what we thought: smell Matt – Fledgling XB Ryan – Fledgling

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! 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! 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! Baker’s 7y v Knob Creek 9y with Dan & Ryan

Recently, we BattleScotch!ed some shitty bourbons. That was shitty. This was not shitty. This was the GOOD bourbon BattleScotch! Baker’s 7y v Knob Creek 9y, both part of the Small Batch line from Beam. So really, in this contest, the only winner is the shareholders of Beam Inc. Hey, when we can buy local whisky,

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

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

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

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,

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! 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