Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

Last of the Saskatoon Sessions! Sorry, publishing schedule got a little messed up when I … uh… just stopped posting for a while. Let’s just all be glad 2017 is behind us, I think that’s probably best. Live & learn. Give & grow. Or whatever. For the last of the Saskatoon Sessions we have a […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

The last from the big blue box, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch, because why not take 20 syllables and 10 words to name your thing.  Isn’t there some notable quote about how being concise is… like, good? Port Charlotte isn’t just a figment of marketing magic, it’s an actual place. […]

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

First out of the Big Box o Bruichladdich – the Classic Laddie! The Classic is an established blend, created by one distiller and now serves as the mark the new distiller/blender must hit. This makes for better product consistency over time but I can imagine it might chafe after awhile. An unpeated  expression, this is […]

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

Saskatoon Sessions: Ardbeg Uigeadail

  Ardbeg Uigeadail – It’s pronounced oog-a-dal, because that’s what you say when you drink it. This is a Proper Islay – full bore smoke and fire, good for a cold wet night on the sea or just some random evening on the Prairies. Here’s what I thought: nose – beef jerky & smoked fish […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Ardbeg Uigeadail

Saskatoon Sessions: Aberfeldy 16y Single Malt Scotch

Hey all, just back with a quick review – trying to wrap up the Saskatoon Sessions. The calendar got a little away from me, but we had a great time with Brew Donkey and the Rideau Rally, Devin and I had almost 20 beers, all reviewed live on Twitter.  You can go check it out, […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Aberfeldy 16y Single Malt Scotch

Innis & Gunn Marmalade India Pale Ale with Dad

As teased on Tuesday, here’s the first of the new offerings from Innis & Gunn in this year’s Holiday Gift Pack, the Marmalade IPA! The intense citrus of this offering is achieved by “infusing Scottish marmalade”, but also using mandarina bavaria hops, an especially orange fragrant hop varietal. This hop is only 5 years old, […]

Innis & Gunn Marmalade India Pale Ale with Dad

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

First of all I’d like to apologize. The second half of 2017 has been pretty uneven for post publication. As in, all of one since I moved at the end of July. Part of this was the move and getting sorted and not having anything to review or any time to review it. Part of […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

Aw yiss a new aged Irish whiskey – West Cork 10y! A new one for us, anyway, West Cork has been around for about 15 years. West Cork likes Bourbon casks – the entire range spends some amount of time in used American oak. Even their select sherry, rum and port special 12y expressions all […]

West Cork 10y Irish Whiskey with Ryan & Dan

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Here’s one we’d been missing for a while, one that had escaped the LCBO before we had a chance to try it. Good old Cloud 9 in Alberta comes through again with Strathisla 12y single malt Scotch. The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland, this Speyside scotch is the backbone and principle whisky of the […]

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Round 2! Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Virginia

Knob Creek, purveyors of fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This is their Single Barrel Reserve, aged nine years and bottle at 60%. It’s not often a distiller can pull off a high-powered whiskey without a lot of collateral damage in the flavour and face burning departments, but Knob Creek manages to do it and still […]

Round 2! Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Virginia

Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

Just a quick little solo review for Easter: Prince Edward county’s own Barley Days Brewery. Someone gifted my folks a four-pack sample and I helped myself to this Royal George Brown Ale. Good drinking for a cooler spring evening. smell – perfect brown ale, sweet, coffee taste – good heft, chocolate presents, very smooth finish […]

Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

It’s Dad’s birthday and he’s gone to the liquor cabinet and pulled out this Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve. We’ve had a 12y Glenfiddich before, but it’s not clear if this is the same stuff. I know for sure this bottle pre-dates my drinking whisky. Dad received this as a gift from a close friend when my […]

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

The pride of New Westminster, Steel & Oak. And who better to enjoy it with than my brother in law Devin and my new nephew Baby Groot! We’ve had a couple Steel & Oaks so far and enjoyed them quite a bit. This is a great local brewery making great local beers. And their tasting […]

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Whiskey-Aged Stout with Dan & Davey

The day after St Paddy’s Day is the perfect time to drop these little Scottish/Irish gems. Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin, the first Innis & Gunn to use (or reveal) the name brand whisky barrels used to age their beer. In this case, it’s Teeling whiskey, a great Irish distiller. We’ve had a Teeling […]

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Whiskey-Aged Stout with Dan & Davey

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

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale with Davey

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale. It comes in a box, has lots of words, is kind of expensive. The trio of beer greatness, as it were. However, as does happen, this time these elements conspire to make something great. Great colour, great bouquet, great beer. Here’s what we thought: nose Davey – nice, smells […]

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale with Davey

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale with Steve

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale! A potentially new bottle from the Holiday 4-Pack. Why potentially? Well, because we’re having another classic Innis & Gunn “have I had this before?” moment. We had the Irish Whiskey Finish/Cask discrepancy, and the (Winter) Treacle Porter pair, and now we have this Bourbon Cask Dark Ale v […]

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale with Steve

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

Late night, late post! Just a quick Round 2 of one of our all time faves, the Glenrothes Select Reserve. 351st article, that’s kind of crazy. This introductory bottle from a long standing distillery is a common feature on many of our whisky shelves. We’ve reviewed it on its own and as part of the Glenrothes […]

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

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

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Hadn’t seen Vanni in a while and he swung by for birthday drinks with this interesting bottle. Thanks Vanni! Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB from Dominion City! So many things! We have steered around the wine barrel-aged stuff in the past, having experienced a few examples where the cask overpowered the contents. Getting it right should “just” […]

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

Dalmore number three, the 15y! This was actually one of the very first iScotch reviews, and one of the earliest whiskies in my whiskiography. Interesting to see that my opinion has evolved on this one – the intervening 5 years have changed either the whisky or my palate. It is weird for me to like this […]

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

Folks I am me some hella tired. this review will be suffering from a lack of sleep and the concomitant neurological impairment. i appear to bee overcompensating and undercapitalizing. Gran Reserva, also know as the second Vial of Dalmore, is a no-particular-language phrase probably meaning big reserve. Which… wouldn’t be that reserved, i guess, but […]

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

Innis & Gunn Fired Oak Scotch Ale with Davey & Steve

This summer’s limited edition from Innis & Gunn: the Fired Oak Scotch Ale, named for the charred American oak barrels used in aging. Scotch ale sits in that end of beer towards strong ales & barley wines, sometimes called a wee heavy. This new offering tasted close to the original, which was nice; we’ve had a […]

Innis & Gunn Fired Oak Scotch Ale with Davey & Steve