Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 with Davey

We don’t usually do wine here on iScotch but my buddy Davey started working at the Wine… Shop? Store? Wine Bunker..? Nono, the Wine-o-Rama, in the Sobey’s on Metcalfe. He gave me some great recommendations for wines for gifts/supplies over the holidays. Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 comes highly recommended. Davey says […]

Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 with Davey

Innis & Gunn Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb in Winnipeg & Also Dan

The Continuing Weird Beer Adventures Of Innis & Gunn – Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb. The definition of too many things – a barrel-aged black IPA with coconut & rhubarb which is the result of a “landslide” winning contest suggestion from a Canadian, the aforementioned Don. I think I know a hundred […]

Innis & Gunn Don’s Choice Black IPA with Coconut & Rhubarb in Winnipeg & Also Dan

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black with Dan

A new Famous Grouse! Well, not quite. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black is the new branding for The Black Grouse. Which is a little odd since they’re still offering the Black Grouse Alpha Edition – maybe they had extra labels left over. Speaking of labels, this one tells you exactly what you’re getting – Famous […]

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black with Dan

Jameson Black Barrel with Dan & Ryan

A slightly odd bottle this time. Some Jameson Black Barrel arrived in a covert container on the doorstep, a sample from somebody’s stash. Thanks, generous stranger! Jameson is an Irish whiskey we’re familiar with, having tried the White Label and Select Reserve in the past. The Black Barrel this time refers to the charring of the […]

Jameson Black Barrel with Dan & Ryan

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! Black Bottle v Black Grouse with Goran

Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle with Dan, Goran, Steve, Brian & Matt

Steve’s first submission – actually, that’s not true. Steve provided the tiny bottles for the Glengoyne and Old Fettercairn reviews, but he wasn’t around to review… not that there would have been enough, them being tiny bottles and all, Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle was a good pick. It’s not often these days that I haven’t […]

Gordon Graham’s Black Bottle with Dan, Goran, Steve, Brian & Matt

BattleScotch! Jim Beam 6y Black v Fighting Cock 6y with Dan

BattleScotch! The Exactly-6-Year-Old-Kentucky-Straight-Bourbons-Within-Five-Dollars-Of-Each-Other Edition! From competing distillers, Jim Beam 6y Black is a member of, duh, Team Jim Beam, while Fighting Cock 6y whips it out at Heaven Hill Distillers. We’ve covered their backstory before, this competition was truly inevitable! They are as matched as they can be, with a slight geographic disadvantage for Fighting […]

BattleScotch! Jim Beam 6y Black v Fighting Cock 6y with Dan

Black Velvet Blended Canadian Whisky by Peter (Guest Review)

Simon – Peter is a total stranger to me. I am only aware of his existence because of the Twitters. But he’s pretty funny on there, and pretty funny right here, so you should check him out. He also writes at Book Riot and like books or something. I think he has kids? Actually, I’m […]

Black Velvet Blended Canadian Whisky by Peter (Guest Review)

Jim Beam 6y Black with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Taking a brief break from the flavoured kids and getting back with a classic, Jim Beam. The Jim Beam Black is a 6y bourbon.. or 8, depending where and when you buy it, which means you’re getting either triple aged or… uh.. double aged? This is weird – the website calls this a double-aged 8y, […]

Jim Beam 6y Black with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Red Stag Kentucky Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Goran

We’re riding the line between Weirdosland and Flavoured Country right now, and this week we wander into Black Cherry gulch. Gulch being apt as it’s the grossest sounding place name I can think of without Googling. Red Stag is a line from Jim Beam which also offers such other palate-bangers as “Hardcore Cider” (I love […]

Red Stag Kentucky Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Goran

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 […]

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

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition with Dan, Goran & Ryan

In case you haven’t noticed, we here at iScotch are pathological completists. There’s something great about whiskey, there’s something more great about scotch, but here we’ve crossed the threshold into a worship of novel tastes and a need to try everything from a brand. We must sound like a marketer’s unicorn. Behold The Black Grouse […]

The Black Grouse Alpha Edition with Dan, Goran & Ryan

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 […]

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

Les Trois Mousquetaires Grand Cuvée Porter Baltique Black Lager with Ryan

Christmas beer number two, thanks Bengt! Just a quick review here, we covered what there was to say about the brewery in the last post. This is a baltic porter black lager, which may be a little more of the overnaming we saw on the last label. A baltic porter is an imperial stout but […]

Les Trois Mousquetaires Grand Cuvée Porter Baltique Black Lager with Ryan

The Black Grouse Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran & Ryan

A Christmas blend – thanks, Bengt! We’ve had a Grouse before, but I didn’t do much of a write-up because we had destroyed ourselves at the ScotchParty and I was still hungover. The Famous Grouse website details the growth of the Gloag family’s local grocery into a supplier of wine to the royal family to […]

The Black Grouse Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran & Ryan

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 […]

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12y with Goran & Ryan

Bushmills Black Bush with The Dan

Wrapping up this foray into Whiskies Irish is a bottle The Dan had set aside for review.  This is an Irish Whiskey blend, mixing malt and grain whiskeys, but with more malt than their normal white label. Neat: The Dan – Oaky, honey. Soft aftertaste & light on the tongue. Soft mouthfeel.  Me – smooth, […]

Bushmills Black Bush with The Dan