Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

How about we start this one with the video! Johnnie Walk Double Black is not twice as good as the regular Black Label. In fact, whatever taste Black is, it seems a lot like this has less of it. It claims to be peatier and aged in more-charred barrels or something, but that is not […]

Johnnie Walker Double Black with Brad, Chris & Junior

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

I don’t like sour beers. This Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale from Belgium is a sour beer. I didn’t like it either. The time cask aging doesn’t fix it. But the website says this is a “specialist beer aimed more at experts” if you wanted to read some pretentious trash on a Saturday. I […]

Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red Ale

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A rogue’s smile and an upgraded ticket got me into the Air Canada lounge in Winnipeg (mostly the ticket), where I found this relic of a grandfather’s attic. Hung upside down in an airport lounge for who knows how long, it’s also been breathing for about 10 […]

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

Old St. Andrews Clubhouse Blended Scotch Whisky in Victoria

Old St. Andrews Clubhouse Blended Scotch. Here’s some notes I took in a hotel during a work trip to Victoria: it comes in a golf ball, i hate it already served in a plastic cup that was itself plastic wrapped. if this is best western i’d hate to see the worst. haha i kid, i’m […]

Old St. Andrews Clubhouse Blended Scotch Whisky in Victoria

Powers Gold Label with Steph

Every year like clockwork March stumbles in from the cold and delivers Irish Stereotype Reinforcement Day to warm the cockles of your projectile vomiting heart. St Paddy’s Day in North America has as much to do with Ireland as Chinese food in North America has to do with China – as in maybe a immigrant […]

Powers Gold Label with Steph

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky with Dan

When a lovely birthday present isn’t a lovely whisky – Thanks Steph! Caribou Crossing Single Barrel whisky – a birthday gift that has turned into a bit of a public service announcement. We’ve talked before about the Box Tax, well, this whisky makes you pay all the taxes. The Box Tax. The Swank Velvet Bag […]

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky with Dan

Compass Box Spice Tree with Dan

How many of these things are there? It’s like I’ve forgotten we ever reviewed anything else. NUMBER 5 – Compass Box Spice Tree, a veritable uh tree of I guess spices. Spice Tree apparently broke some rules when it first came out, using a system of inner staves of a different wood to achieve (or […]

Compass Box Spice Tree with Dan

Compass Box Oak Cross with Dan

Compass Box Oak Cross – named for the American and French oaks used to re-age whiskies from three distilleries. I could go into more detail but sometimes too many things is too many things.   nose Dan – oak, lime, pickling spice, sour cream? Simon – oak, tequila, mustard neat Dan – rough umami, weird […]

Compass Box Oak Cross with Dan

Rodenbach Vintage 2015 Oak Foeder Aged Red Ale with Steph

Beer from Belgium! I thought they were supposed to be good at this? Rodenbach is a brewery in Roeselare, a city in West Flanders, and we all know what Homer said about Flanders in… uh, the Odyssey, I think. The Vintage 2015 is a Flemish red-brown ale, in this case sour and aged in oak […]

Rodenbach Vintage 2015 Oak Foeder Aged Red Ale with Steph

Maple3 Maple Water with Dan

We’re in the middle of tornado recovery here in Ottawa, so this week’s review is limited by data plans and battery life. Which is fine because there isn’t too much to say about this product. I had thought that Maple3 Maple Water was basically maple syrup leftovers. When you make maple syrup you boil off the […]

Maple3 Maple Water with Dan

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 […]

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve with Dan & Goran

More ghosts of Christmases past! Woo hoo Christmas references in August! Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve. Another wonky Scottish name, Garioch is now pronounced somewhere between Geery and Garyich, like a chubbier Gareth. Traditionally, it is pronounced GRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA with a nasal umlaut in the middle, and is screamed into the genitals of one’s defeated enemies. Glen […]

Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve with Dan & Goran

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 […]

Forty Creek Spike Honey Spice with Dan

Platte Valley 3y Straight Corn Whiskey with Dan, Bowick & Ryan

Another border hop, another duty free… uh, find? Doesn’t seem like the right word here. This is like something out of Dungeons & Dragons, a ceramic jug of curses & concentrated goblin farts. Platte Valley 100% Straight Corn Whiskey. Straight in this case meaning distilled not higher than 80 proof and casked for a minimum […]

Platte Valley 3y Straight Corn Whiskey with Dan, Bowick & Ryan

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout with Davey

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout, a Dickensian(*) name to be sure. Thornbridge Brewery is in the UK and the names of their beers seem to indicate an affinity for literature and the arts. I can’t find the Eldon in their beerlist so I’ll have to assume this dark beer makes swarthy reference to the […]

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout with Davey

King Robert II Blend with Dan

A lovely Christmas present reviewed in the spring and finally published on one of the hottest days of the year. It’s hot. It’s real hot. You’d be excused by saying “Damn, dude, surely this is the kind of weather best suited for a refreshing gin review or some such” and I would agree with you, […]

King Robert II Blend with Dan

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 […]

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

Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon with Dan

A border-crossing friend snagged this.. um.. testament to budgetary discretion. Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon is available at Duty Free shops and still manages to only be $8usd. Which is made further amazing when you find out that it’s the same mash as Jim Beam, just aged less. That’s a little shocking. Other […]

Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon with Dan

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 […]

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

Jack Daniels Party Time with Dan

Ah yes, the great Victoria Day long weekend, known as May 2-4 by people still drinking crap beer by the crate. “We here at iScotch only drink the best!” – a lie, best exemplified by what we did to ourselves for you, loyal reader. We put ourselves back through the Jack Daniel’s product stack to […]

Jack Daniels Party Time with Dan

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky.  Named for an old whiskying injury, apparently. Which makes sense because this was kind of painful to drink. A blended malt means this is a blend of single malt scotches from a number of distilleries. Blends allow for a more consistent product over time, and can have added depth if […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Innis & Gunn Frank & Sense Limited Edition with Dan

As we enter the home stretch before the holidays, time to look at a few seasonal offerings. Up first, and our.. what like, fourth Innis & Gunn post in a row?  The seasonal Frank & Sense! You get it, like what the wise men brought the baby Jeebus. Yeah, frankincense, incense that’s not going to […]

Innis & Gunn Frank & Sense Limited Edition with Dan

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: Crown Royal Reserve

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 […]

High River Canadian Whisky with Davey