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Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Rye Whisky with Dan

Here’s a quickie because I’m on the road. A few weeks ago Dan picked up this interesting bottle of straight rye whisky, something we thought was a rarity but is proving to be less of one.  Lot No. 40 is part of the Corby super-brand of mid-range booze.  Here’s what we thought: smell Dan –

Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky with Goran & Ryan

Just a quick and dirty catchup post.  We reviewed this one a while ago as part of Project Tiny Bottles, the “let’s get post-fodder for cheap” initiative that has brought so, so much content to this site. What to say about Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky? It’s part of the Beam Global brand, which if

Innis & Gunn Scottish Pale Ale with Ryan

Another tasty new Innis & Gunn brew. Good and light for summer, while retaining the classic I&G robustness. It’s a push towards the craft beer hoppiness, but manages to provide the flavour without that hop spice. A good balance. Simon – Smells like Molson Export? good lighter beer, very very smooth, sweet, slight pine. Ryan

Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish with Ryan

Another year, another Innis & Gunn Canadian edition.  This time, they haven’t tied it to Canada Day, which widens their sales window significantly. The guy at the LCBO mentioned large numbers of boxed I&G bottles left until Christmas, since people weren’t going to buy Canada Day beer from late July on.  Unless they are like

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

Jameson Irish Whiskey with Goran & Ryan

Just a quick few words today on a old soldier. Jameson Irish Whisky has been around forever, for good reason. While nothing outstanding, this is a good whiskey for the price. smell Simon – smooth, wood, sweet, light solvent Goran – liquor, chocolate, rose Ryan – plastic, floral neat Simon – smooth, late burn, raspberry

McClelland’s Islay Single Malt Whisky with Dan & Ryan

McClelland’s is not a distillery, so this is a little different from what we’ve been looking at so far.  They are a bottler, as near as I can tell, who get their contents from Morrison Bowmore’s various distilleries, split up into lines by geographic regions.  I guess the idea is to create a brand of

Canadian Club Premium with Dan & Ryan

This appeared in my whisky case after a party, and has been staring at me ever since. “I’m a classic” i keep hearing, “I’m so popular!” “I’m a staple!” That siren’s call has been rebuked by my subconscious, time and again with “NOOO you’re disgusting” “Canadian whisky is a dog’s breakfast” and “I have such

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

A twisty irish bottle, not usually a good sign.  A website with lots of videos and drink recipes is also never a good sign.  Especially when I can’t *find* this bottle anywhere on their site.  kilbegganwhiskey.com also doesn’t mention being the oldest distillery, which is something you’d think they’d mention a lot, since they say