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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

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

Sleeman Sparkling Ale with Stephanie

Another holiday bottle where you pay more for extra packaging! It’s okay – I’m using it as a riser for my scotch display back row now. Sleeman Sparkling Ale was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brewery. That’s all the website has to say, aside form calling it “brilliantly filtered” and I don’t

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

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

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

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

Odd Society Wallflower Oaken Gin with Steph

Odd Society Wallflower Oaken Gin. 100% British Columbian grown gin, aged in oak barrels. A pretty interesting idea. One issue we see a lot with craft gins is the mash/swamp factor. That same sort of distillate distaste you get with tequila, moonshine and young whisky, and what is likely one of the reasons we age

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

A new Nova Scotian whisk(e)y (the spelling is inconsistent across their website), I hadn’t heard of Glynnevan before Dan’s friend Matt brought a bottle over. The Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye is a genuinely pan-Canadian whisky. Distilled “in the west” and then carted across the country to age next to the sea in the Maritimes. We’ve

Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice with Dan

Flavoured whisky, man. Why do we keep doing this? Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice. It’s like honey only no not really. Not at all actually. It’s what a computer’s idea of a bee makes for honey. It’s what wasp honey probably tastes like. Like if honey was made from scorpions maybe. But this was a

Coffin Ridge Forbidden Dry Cider

Just a quick review this week. It has been hot as hell here for too long and I am up to my beer gut in chores that need doing. So in the name of both refreshment and productivity here’s Coffin Ridge Winery’s Forbidden Dry Cider. Here’s what I thought: nose – slight jolly rancher taste

Pre-Canada Day Round 2! The Liquormen’s Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky with Dan & Bowick

The LCBO is still open and you can still go pick up party fuel for Canada Day tomorrow. With that in mind and in the vein of a public service announcement: don’t buy Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Whisky. Don’t do it to yourself, and don’t serve it to your friends. Canada Day is about coming together

Great Lakes Brewery 30th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Steph

Another big bottled, high abv, milestone-celebrating weird beer here, with a twist – it’s actually good! A lot of times these large format beers can be.. um.. challenging. A lot of hops to make big flavour can make something undrinkable or a lot of yeast to kick up the alcohol content can make things a

Reviewed! King’s Lock Craft Distillery WhiskyJack Rye with Dan & Ryan

From just outside Prescott, here’s King’s Lock Craft Distillery‘s WhiskyJack Rye. 100% rye, same as their Prescott White Rye. “Aged on oak”, which doesn’t necessarily conjure images of barrels. If I spill moonshine on a hardwood floor and leave it for the weekend is that “aged on oak”? Possibly oak chips? Possibly some kind of

Cameron’s Brewing Where The Buffalo Roam Barley Wine with Steph

Man, am I a sucker for packaging. I think it stems from being a deeply superficial person, pun intended superficially. I will 100% cop to the gold label grabbing me on this one(*) – it hit the same button as those foil-wrapped “collector’s” cards when we were kids. If they ever put a hologram on

NWT Brewing Company Kicksled Cream Ale

Another road trip, another capital city, another local brew! This time it’s Yellowknife’s own NWT Brewing Company and their Kicksled Cream Ale. I didn’t track down any interesting northern critter meat, but I was lucky enough to be there on cheap burger night at the Woodyard, the restaurant attached to the brewery. What’s a kicksled?

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve

As I mentioned in the last post, I recently spent some time in Saskatoon and found a great little bar in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. A nice whisky selection and friendly wait staff, and decent food to boot. The order of the evening has escaped me, so we’ll do this at random. First

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

High River Canadian Whisky with Davey

What do you get when you bottle Canadian whisky in Kentucky? Mediocre whisky. To be fair, the back-and-forth shipping of High River is probably not this whisky’s major fault. That would be the smell. And the taste. Being road agitated probably doesn’t help tho. This is a Sazerac whisky, and that’s pretty much all I can

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

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

66 Gilead Wild Oak, a new Ontario whisky from Prince Edward County. Yay for whisky from within 300 kilometres from home! Thanks to Brad for picking this up on a recent trip. The Wild Oak is a corn, rye and wheat bourbon-style whisky aged in charred oak, and it does taste like a rye bourbon.

Wayne Gretzy 99 Red Cask with Dan, Davey, Vanni & Ryan

Two weeks ago we brought you AJ’s thoughts on The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky, the whisky of the Trailer Park Boys. This week’s celebrity vanity spirit is Wayne Gretzky’s No 99 Red Cask. I’ll have to grab Drake’s whatever the hell it’s called to round out (and maybe salvage) this well-marketed trio. (Photo by

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”

Guest Review! The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky By AJ

Simon – So I feel a little bad about this one. I bought this bottle on my way through Calgary and hadn’t noticed the Trailer Park Boys logo at the top. I got home, tried a dram and flinched. This was a job for our contract Bad Whisky Expert AJ, writer of the hilarious Proof

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought:

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross

Boxing Rock out of Shelburne, Nova Scotia! My uncle brought this out on a recent visit and dad passed it my way as review stock. I brought it in to work for a little office morale, the first Thursty Thursday of many, hopefully. The bottle describes the legend of Boxing Rock as a place in Shelburne

Tap 8 Sherry Finished 8y Rye with Dan

Tap 8 Sherry Finished 8y Rye. Possibly the best rye ever, and that’s me saying that. Tap’s web presence is broken at the moment – the stylesheet’s not loading so it looks a little web 1.0. There’s a contact phone number at the bottom that when you search lands you at 375 Park Avenue Drinks,

Revel Stoke Roasted Pineapple with Dan & Laura

Another offering from Winnipeg – Revel Stoke Roasted Pineapple flavoured whisky. I think everyone knows how this is going to go so let’s not drag it out. We’ve had and not enjoyed Revel Stoke before, namely their Spiced Whisky and the parent company Phillips Union North American blend. This puts us 18% the way through

JP Wiser’s Hopped Whisky (Dark Ale Style) with Dan

JP Wiser’s Hopped Whisky. A tiny sampler attached to the Double Still Rye. I just got called out for hating on Wiser’s in the last review, and this one’s not going to help that perception one bit. We generally don’t like Wiser’s and you can say that makes the review a self-fulfilling prophecy. But we

JP Wiser’s Double Still Rye with Dan

JP Wiser’s Double Still Rye. Again with the Wiser’s. We are pretty consistent non-fans of Wiser’s and their stable of whiskies, which is unfortunately both huge and cheap, so they end up in the rotation as simply the most accessible new bottle on the shelf. And while non of us like Wiser’s that much, the

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky with Davey, Matt & Steve

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky. Corn, barley, wheat & rye blended together and named for the distillery that is now the Distillery District in Toronto. The name appears to be the only real connection to the original Gooderham & Worts company – this whisky is now distilled in Corbyville with much of the

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye with Matt & Dan

  Yes, it’s *that* whisky! “Greatest whisky in the wold” some people have quoted, incorrectly. “Voted best!” others have also misspoken. Basically, what you’ve heard about this bottle of whisky is probably overblown. Jim Murray is a pretty famous whisky guy. He publishes the Whisky Bible, a book which is popular among people who like

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

  Aw yeah, another hand-smuggled interprovincial beer delivery from Devin in BC!  Always appreciated, the beer gift is. We’ve had a Steel & Oak before, their smoked Hefeweizen, which was delicious. Devin brought one of those as well, but that went to simple, unexamined enjoyment. This time out is their Dark Lager. Moderate IBU and

Old Tomorrow Brewing Monty’s Golden Ryed Ale

Just a quickie review today – Beer! Old Tomorrow is a Toronto brewery that’s pretty new. They’re in a few southern and eastern Ontario pubs and the LCBO, so they’re off to a great start. This “ryed ale” is “Brewed with 100% Canadian Rye Whisky and oak“ which I’m not entirely sure what it means. If

Potter’s Special Old Rye with Steve & Matt

Potter’s Special Old Rye Whisky. Special, old, rye. And in a tiny plastic bottle, because it’s very classy. Also classy, I’ll be continuing the practice of gifs with this post, but I think I’ll relegate them to a simply moving image summary of what thought. Scroll to the bottom to see. Picked this up on

White Owl Whisky with Matt & Steve

White Owl Whisky. Clear like shine, but apparently legally allowed to be called whisky. What? Produced by Highwood Distillers, who also make Centennial, Century and Potters whiskies, White Owl is a blend. Rye and other grain whiskies, some up to 10 years old from what I can find online, are blended together. Regular, brown whiskies.

Dillon’s Rose Gin Batch 11 with Dan & Alex

Dillon’s Rose Gin, a flavoured gin liquor. We’re well out of our wheelhouse with this one. Rose gins aren’t too uncommon, and rose hips show up as one of the botanicals in a few major brands too. But in this case, the rose petals are steeped in the gin, and then the whole thing is sweetened

Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

Okay, so sometimes we do a review, and due to a combination of the stuff being terrible, and the photo being boring, and it sort of being a little off-topic, it sits in Drafts for… like six months. This is that kind of review. Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager is really bad. I used to be

Chinook Canadian Whisky with Dan

First off, apologies for the delay in the English Whisky Co reviews, but moving has prevented doing a tasting. In the meantime… Chinook Canadian Whisky: just don’t. It’s been a looong time since we’ve been that straightforward on a review, and that should tell you something. This is bad. “Like Proof bad.” – Dan. I

Fucking Fireball Goddamned Cinnamon Garbage Alleged Whisky with No One

I can’t believe I’m doing this. I haven’t tasted it yet. It’s sitting in a Glencairn glass between me and my keyboard. I am currently writing around it, through the fumes of cinnamon and solvent. You see, I thought I had another review prepared for today. It’s Friday, it’s iScotch day, I usually have something

Gibson’s Finest Rare 12y with Davey

Okay… This is a head-scratcher. This might technically be a Round 2, but it’s hard to say. We’ve had Gibson’s Finest 12y before, but it didn’t have the word “Rare” on it, and the LCBO lists the Finest 12y and the Finest Rare 12y as separate listings. But the Gibson’s website lists their “Rare” as 18y, while

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new cask aged beer, especially one not from Innis & Gunn. It’s also been a while since I did a solo review, but everyone was “busy” or “working” or “thinks I have a problem”. WELL NUTS TO THEM I AM DRIVEN BY ART AND ROCKET-POWERED. Trafalgar Ales

Canadian Club Reserve 9y with Davey & Alex

Heyheyhey fellow whiskynauts. I’m overnighting in beautiful Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and so a well written, hilarious, provocative or fact-checked post is just not in the works this week. So, probably a good idea to trot out something from a brand we’ve already seen a lot of, like Canadian Club. This is the 9y, and

Alberta Premium Dark Horse with Davey & Alex

This is our third tango with a product of Beam Suntory’s Alberta Distillers. We’ve had their Premium, which isn’t, and we’ve had their Springs, which made a fantastic rye & ginger. The Dark Horse comes in at a higher abv and budget than the other two; we’ve been meaning to try this for a while. According

Round 2: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Davey

Long-time loyal readers or new binge-reading transients will recognize the Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout as one of my seasonal favourites.  This holiday pause was a little disappointing in terms of interesting offerings at the LCBO (I passed on both the Glenlivet and Innis & Gunn samplers because in one case, eighty bucks for

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,

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. It’s a name whose length is only bested by how long I’ve been meaning to post this review – there just always seemed to be something better to talk about. I believe Ryan picked this up for us to try. We cracked it open and had

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

And now for something different, again. Yeah, it’s different in almost exactly the same way as last time, but slightly different from that. This time, we’ve created a concoction of… um… well, I can’t honestly remember if this is just bourbons, or all American whiskies. But yeah, Project Pour Stuff Together Over The Course Of