Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale

A quickie from the North as I try to push out some of the backlog of beer reviews we have kicking around here. So why not something exotic from Canada’s coolest and coolest capital. Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale, among Canada’s hardest-to-get beers – have you seen the prices on flights to […]

Nunavut Brewing Company ᐊᐅᐸᖅᑐᖅ Aupaqtuk Arctic Red Ale

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Pre-Mix Cocktail with Dan

Grabbed on a dash back across the border last summer, a tiny little premixed cocktail. Rye whiskey and rock candy, Pennsylvania honey and Florida oranges: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye rolls a lot of US heritage & terroir into one little product (altho according to their website you can buy this by the […]

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Pre-Mix Cocktail with Dan

Windswept Brewing Company The Wolf of Glen Moray Port Cask Aged Dark Scottish Ale with Dan

A beer in a tube! You know we’re suckers for literally anything in a tube – beers, whiskies, potato chips,.. tennis balls, uh public transit.. etc. Straight from the north.. south.. the south north coast? of Scotland. The top of the bottom of the Z of the north coast… medium north Scotland? comes Windswept Brewing […]

Windswept Brewing Company The Wolf of Glen Moray Port Cask Aged Dark Scottish Ale with Dan

Round 2! Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated

We’ve had more than a few Brookladdies now, and we tend to like em. Sometimes people read the blog and get us things we like. So we review them again! nose Simon – burnt wood, biological Stephanie – rotting apple, dirt Jamie – wet & woody Emily – whisky neat Simon – mint? burn Stephanie […]

Round 2! Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup with Brenna, Devin & Mum

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup is right what it says on the bottle. Maple syrup aged in whisky barrels. From Kinsip. And it does to maple syrup pretty much what you’d expect, imparting oak cask & whisky flavours, not notes or hints. Great on pancakes, in coffee and on ice cream, perfect for holiday breakfasts. […]

Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup with Brenna, Devin & Mum

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan

The Balvenie 17y DoubleWood. This is one of those stop and appreciate whiskies that doesn’t come along very often. This whisky is “change the frame” good. You remember the run of five Johnnies Walker and the BattleScotch? Afterwards, Chris & Stephan mentioned they’d quite enjoyed a couple JWs. That’s not impossible, but I happened to […]

Balvenie 17y DoubleWood with Dan

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

After doing a bunch of these reviews (like… a bunch), you can sort of perceive bigger trends. Like how for a bourbon, you need either a year or a cork, and preferably both. How Irish whiskey is the best value for flavour, but Canadian is what you buy if you’re mixing. One thing we’ve noticed […]

Glenfiddich 19y Age of Discovery with Holly, Trevor, Steve & Dan

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

Round 2 (Sort Of)! Unibroue 17 Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Ale with Steve

Steve is a tricky palate. He likes things other people don’t, and doesn’t like much of what we’d consider “the good stuff”, except for the odd time he really likes the really good stuff. This is one of those times. Unibroue is one of Quebec’s more interesting large brewers – they have the curiosity to […]

Round 2 (Sort Of)! Unibroue 17 Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Ale with Steve

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 […]

Glengoyne 12y with Dan, Steph & Bowick

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

Original Magnum Highland Cream Liquor with Dan

This interestingly bottled novelty showed up just in time for the Holidays and seems to have disappeared pretty quickly afterwards. Magnum Scotch Cream Liquor – imagine Bailey’s but not gross. I know everyone loves Bailey’s and I have as well but it’s been too many times in too many nasty coffees and I just can’t […]

Original Magnum Highland Cream Liquor with Dan

Yip Cider @ The Snooty Fox, Fredericton

This one appears to have slipped through the cracks – Yip Cider from Long Reach, New Brunswick. I know I know – it’s the middle of winter, this is from last summer’s tour of Eastern Canada and Western Ontario, this is a cider review? Off brand! Yeah fair enough. Barging forward anyway. It was a […]

Yip Cider @ The Snooty Fox, Fredericton

Aviation Gin with Mum, Brenna & Steph

Aviation Gin, The American Gin Owned By A Canadian. So says the video spot starring & voiced by the professionally handsome recent gin brand purchaser, Ryan Reynolds: It works because really, all any of us want is to be purchased by a celebrity.  Especially a Canadian celebrity who would send us on very polite maple […]

Aviation Gin with Mum, Brenna & Steph

Juraj Dobrila Single Barrel Viski with Dan

Putting a new country on the board is always fun – Juraj Dobrila Single Barrel Malt Viski from Croatia! Thanks to Steph for checking a bag to bring this home. There’s not a lot online about this distillery or whisky – they have a Facebook page that suggests maybe it’s an offshoot from a winery. […]

Juraj Dobrila Single Barrel Viski with Dan

Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

Happy New Year! To celebrate: Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky. I won’t bother rehashing the story of Japanese whisky (check past posts), except to say that Japanese whisky is largely either Nikka or Suntory. So far we’ve loved Nikkas and have not taken to Suntories, and this is a Suntory. But it was also $40 at […]

Nirasaki Blended Japanese Whisky with Dan & Goran

All The Spiceboxes with Mum & Dan

Spicebox spiced whisky – “real prohibition rye whisky” marked “spices” to help smuggling. There’s a great story on their website that seems to have zero relationship with this product other than them calling it “real prohibition rye whisky”. Maybe this booze is specifically banned somewhere, otherwise I don’t understand how that works. Since spicing for […]

All The Spiceboxes with Mum & Dan

Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point VP02 with Dan, Dad & Steph

Most completistisming going one here. We had the VP01. So therefore we must have Innis & Gunn’s Vanishing Point VP02 or how will we know.. anything? How will we know we even exist unless we experience two similar things and observe their subjective differences over linear time? I ASK YOU. Last year’s beer was only […]

Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point VP02 with Dan, Dad & Steph

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 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

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

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Aww yeah ten and a half months later finally get to my Christmas present from Dan – Twelve Barrels Canadian Whisky. The story of this bottle is a little amazing. A high school bootlegger making prison wine under his bed in his parent’s home, pitches the story to distilleries all over the world, lands a […]

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Premix Party – Barchef & Founder’s Original

This one’s going to be a little messy. Steph, Dan & I reviewed the Founder’s Original – Dan discovered he does not like Old Fashioneds and bowed out of the Barchef review – fair dinkum. Steph suggested we have some people by – these things are made for parties. So we invited some interesting Ottawa […]

Premix Party – Barchef & Founder’s Original

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Highland Park Magnus. Big dark bottle, cool.. uh.. dragon.. wolfy sort of logo. Classic Highland Park. And by “classic” Highland Park I mean this truism: the less you pay for Highland Park the better it is. And not just in that classic market economics sense. We’ve had a few Highland Parks at iScotch and we’ve […]

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M