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Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No. 4 Oak Aged Ale with Dan & Goran

There are times when I’ll cop to being suckered by marketing. Big velvety blue box, OAK AGED emblazoned on the side, gold leaf script fonts, damn son, two please. While not just a gimmick, it’s pretty gimmicky. The oak the beer is aged in is old VSOP armagnac casks. We didn’t know either, just click

Robert Burns Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan

Another visitor from New Brunswick, second to last of east coast interlopers. Nothing quite like attaching a national poet‘s name to your product to drag in the ex-pat dollars and drunk patriots’ pounds… Pretty fucking morose when you realize he drank himself to death.  It’s like Columbine Brand Bullets. Or Michael Hutchinson Glad Kitchen Catchers. 

Jim Beam Original Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Ryan & Goran

Sometimes there isn’t much to say about a bourbon.  Allegedly Jim Beam is the world’s best selling bourbon, oops, sorry, “Number 1” bourbon.  “Best selling” is something that could be backed up by data. Whereas “Number 1” is a sort of nebulous non-specific claim that looks good in marketing materials. They make lots of claims

Highball Collective Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger with Ryan

Having a scotch blog isn’t all decades-old drams and scantily clad whiskeyettes doing suggestive dances in your face while you wax poetic on the emotional evocativeness of different phenols and long molecules in a fine glass of grain distillate. It’s mostly that, obviously. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S THIS. Exactly like a trench runner falling on a

Wild Turkey 81 Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

Back in bourbon country. I am developing a fondness for the matured southern dram, that’s for sure. Wild Turkey 81 is… getting there. I wasn’t blown away, but there was enough merit to look into some of the others in the line. The website says it’s aged 6-8 years, so there’s no age expression on

Johnnie Walker Black Label 12y with Goran & Ryan

We need to start with a bit of a come-clean about Johnnie Walker.  None of us get it. We don’t get why JW is considered a great drink, let alone why it has the prestige it does. This is the second Label we’ve tried and we still don’t. smell Simon – honey, toffee, maple, smoke

McClelland’s Speyside Single Malt Scotch with Steph

Here we have McClelland’s Speyside, brother from another region to their Islay bottling. McClelland’s range is pretty reasonably priced, so it’s not too much of a hardship to give it a go. It’s not amazing spirits, but they tend to be decent examples of the region they’re taken from, this one obviously meant to showcase

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Sour Mash with Dan & Ryan

Not much to say about Jack Daniel’s that you haven’t already thrown up in an alley, praying for death.  They make Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey, which legally is just bourbon from Tennessee.  It does taste different from worse than any bourbon I’ve tried, so there’s that.  However, this is the bottom line of the range,

Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 with Ryan & Dan

Just a head’s up. After this review, we’re taking a break from un-aged whisk(e)y for a while. A long while. It tends to be the palate equivalent of seeing the sausage being made and I’m kind of tired of paying for that. Griping done. You’ve seen the previous article on Buffalo Trace bourbon.  This is

Radical Road Canny Man Scotch Cask Aged Beer with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Picked up these two bottles of Radical Road Canny Man scotch whisky cask aged beers.  Radical Road’s web presence seems to be limited to a Twitter account, so I can’t give you much more info than that they’re from Toronto.  What scotch barrels they’ve aged their beer in would be good to know. As beer