BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another video review, here we go!  So which of the Johnnies Walker is best? Check below: nose Simon – Blue Label Brad – Ultimate 18y Chris – Double Black Junior – Ultimate 18y neat Simon – Black Label 12y Brad – Blue Label Chris – Ultimate 18y Junior – Gold Label finish Simon – […]

BattleScotch! Johnnie Walker Edition with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Another Review! Another Video Review!  Finally, the almighty Johnnie Walker Blue. What makes this blend worth over $300 a bottle? Nothing! It isn’t. nose Simon – sharp, mashier, honey or caramel on browning apple slices Brad – mellow, moss, ron swanson in scotland, excited Chris – faint, wheat field, country, spring day Junior – […]

Johnnie Walker Blue Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve with Brad, Chris & Junior

Once again, video to start!  Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is yet another colour entry in the Johnnie Walker line. What makes it Gold? Why is it Reserved? Is it better than Johnnie Walker Brass Label Unlimited? Who knows! nose Simon – mild mash, “goldish” i guess, eggs, honey Brad – very subtle, hint […]

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve with Brad, Chris & Junior

Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

How about we start this one with the video! Johnnie Walk Double Black is not twice as good as the regular Black Label. In fact, whatever taste Black is, it seems a lot like this has less of it. It claims to be peatier and aged in more-charred barrels or something, but that is not […]

Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

Round 2! Johnnie Walker 12y Black Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

This one we’ve done before, so I’ll keep it brief this time around. First up out of the Johnnie Walker set is arguably my favourite, the 12y Black Label. The second from the bottom of the range, this holds with a lot of other blends and famous brands – it’s significantly better than the base […]

Round 2! Johnnie Walker 12y Black Label with Brad, Chris & Junior

Teaser Tuesday! Johnnie Walker Discover Pack

Finally. Seven months after purchase, we finally got around to tasting this set. A broad selection of Johnnie Walkers, as it turns out, is not appreciable better than a narrow one. But you can read about it. And maybe watch it if I get the video edited in time.

Teaser Tuesday! Johnnie Walker Discover Pack

Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

Another Grouse, this time Naked – The Naked Grouse.  Why Naked? Why not, exclaims the website nakedgrouse.com, which doesn’t appear to be part of the Famous Grouse site. In fact this IS a blended grain Grouse from 2011, relaunched as not-a-Grouse with a Grouse name for “older millennials” with only malt whiskies making the blend. […]

Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

Powers Gold Label with Steph

Every year like clockwork March stumbles in from the cold and delivers Irish Stereotype Reinforcement Day to warm the cockles of your projectile vomiting heart. St Paddy’s Day in North America has as much to do with Ireland as Chinese food in North America has to do with China – as in maybe a immigrant […]

Powers Gold Label with Steph

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

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! Compass Box Edition with Dan

Round 2! Compass Box Peat Monster with Dan

Very quick review today because I’m late but that’s okay, we’ve had Compass Box’s Peat Monster before! Here’s our previous go-round with this boggy bugger, so we can jump right into what we thought this time – there’s a bit of drift between then and now: is it us? Is it the whisky? Did we […]

Round 2! Compass Box Peat Monster with Dan

Compass Box Hedonism with Dan

Compass Box Hedonism! Not the Jamaican sex holiday, but rather a scotch grain whisky blend. This is a multi-grain, multi-barrel concoction, whose website write up talks about “a certain enticing femininity” which sounds… i dunno, kinda gross, honestly. Whisky is cool and interesting but it suffers enough… genderizing already. It’s okay to tell the marketing department […]

Compass Box Hedonism with Dan

Compass Box Asyla with Dan

Aw yiss let’s kick of Compass Box Month-And-A-Half here at iScotch – Asyla! A blended scotch meant as an everyday drinker, taken with splash. Unfortunately for anyone who did take them up on the daily driver option, this expression is no longer available because they can’t find the right source whiskies for the blend. Which is […]

Compass Box Asyla with Dan

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend with Dan

Here we go, the other Stalk & Barrel blend, the Blue. So what’s going on here? Stalk & Barrel is retiring the 1+11 blend and instead offering the Blue & Red Blends as the entry and midrange bottles, respectively. We really enjoyed the 1+11 originally, but anecdotes suggest it may have changed over time – I’m not […]

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend with Dan

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend At A Party

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend! Aged single malt, rye & corn whiskies blended by the lads in Concord. It’s been a while since we’ve had a new S&B, but since we did this one at Dan’s place for a party, the notes are… not great. Here goes: nose: vanilla, floral, wood, books, sharpness, lemon & […]

Stalk & Barrel Red Blend At A Party

TINCUP American Whiskey with Dan

TINCUP American whiskey! It comes with a tin cup on the top! We’ve been enjoying the wider American whiskey movement. Kentucky Straight Bourbon, moonshine and Tennessee Sour Mash are great, but if they’re all you know of continental distillation, you are missing out. Colorado whiskeys are a nice blend of rye & bourbon tastes, coming […]

TINCUP American Whiskey with Dan

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 […]

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

Lombard Old Masters G Blend with Matt & Steve

Lombard’s Old Masters G Blended Scotch Whisky. This one is a little odd. Lombard’s website, and the postal code, tell us the company hails from the Isle of Man, which is not part of Scotland. It’s its own sort of thing, part of Britain but not the United Kingdom sort of weird geo-political… well, pedantry, […]

Lombard Old Masters G Blend with Matt & Steve

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

Peat party for particular palates! We’ve got our second Islay Mist, this time their Peated Reserve. Islay Mist has done well for us in the past as one of the few geographically specific blends out there, and even beat the Islay single malt from McClelland’s (here, Matt is shouting that McClelland’s is too expensive to […]

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

Wiki defines “sheep dip” as a liquid formulation of insecticide and fungicide which shepherds and farmers may use to protect their sheep from infestation against external parasites such as itch mite (Psorobia ovis), blow-fly, ticks and lice. So, yay!…? Sounds delicious. Sheep Dip Malt Whisky is made by the Spencerfield Spirit Company in Inverkeithing, across […]

The Original Oldbury Sheep Dip Malt Whisky with Dan & Davey

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye Whisky. That’s a lot of words. AGAIN. And I’m always suspicious of whiskies with numbers in the name. I checked the website, the meagre write-up says it has been aged for “many” years. Numbers in the name, words in the age. Not a great sign. It is, however, […]

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Wiser’s Special Blend

This one’s just me. Back in September I got to spend another couple of weeks in Kincardine, Ontario, right on Lake Huron. Beautiful location, not the greatest in terms of liquor selection. I grabbed this bottle of Wiser’s Special Blend at the last LCBO before the cottage along with a case of Vernor’s ginger ale. […]

Wiser’s Special Blend

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

And now for something different. Not completely different, because 1) it’s still whisky and 2) I’m not quoting Monty Python. This is… relatively different while remaining on-topic for a website about booze. HOW relatively different, you ask? And why does it say ‘slurry’ in the title, you continue to ask? And do you really think […]

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Stalk & Barrel! Thanks, Jono! I’m about to make two grandiose claims, and it won’t even cost you much to find out if I’m right: This is the BEST Canadian whisky, and this is the MOST Canadian whisky. The first part of that claim will be completely apparent the first time you taste it, […]

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran