iScotch.ca

discerning drunks classy alcoholics

Tag: don’t try

Grant’s Family Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Yeah… Grant’s.  To be fair, this is their entry scotch.  But it does set off a few specific warning bells: blend, twist off, website mentions mixing, etc.  Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with a blend, we just haven’t had a good one here yet.  Still haven’t. smell Dan – sulfur, peat, burnt sugar Simon

Glenmorangie 12y Lasanta with Dan

Okay.  Last of the Glenmorangies.  Pretty sick of typing Glenmorangie.  Only 5 minutes left to get this post up so here goes. Lasanta aged in sherry casks. Which means I probably won’t like it.  And I didn’t. smell dan – burn, thick church wine, molasses, grape simon – cocoa, grape, pear neat dan – no

Glenmorangie 12y Nectar d’Or with Dan

The next sampler out of the Glenmorangie Discovery Pack is the 12y Nectar d’Or, aged in Sauternes casks.  What is Sauternes? you might ask.  Totally legit, so did I. Sauternes is a sweet french wine, from some specific region of France and, interestingly, afflicted with a specific blight.  Botrytis Cinerea causes noble rot, which partially

Glenmorangie 12y Quinta Ruban with Dan

There’s only so much you can write about one scotch distiller and I feel like I’ve covered anything worth mentioning in the last two posts, so instead I thought I’d write about what Quinta Ruban is. According to Google, it’s this scotch expression aged in port casks.  Wahwah.  So, okay, that’s kind of predictable.  I

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky with Trevor & Steph (part 2 of An Evening Beyond The Pale)

If you’re going to taste a couple of beers, and then taste those same beers after they’ve been aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels, it makes a little sense to, y’know… maybe see what the interim step tastes like too, because hey – life is short and then the space monsters get you. Here’s something

Beyond The Pale with Trevor & Steph

Okay, so this review is actually three reviews.  Or five.  Or one review interrupted part-way through with another review.  It’ll all make sense as you read it. Beyond the Pale is an Ottawa-local brewer, sitting in the quickly-gentrifying Hintonburg neighborhood and selling their wares out of their store front (LCBO/Beer Store being a royal pain

Caol Ila 12y with Dan

The unpronounceable Caol Ila (allegedly either ‘cool eye-la’ or ‘cull eela’ depending where you look) is another Malts.com brand, the web presence that covers Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Lagavulin and a host of other top-end scotches.  Their website is a little confusing, in that they show six different bottles but only detail four, while the LCBO

Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey with Dan

Another bourbon! Bulleit is a Diageo brand, allegedly based on a 150 year old recipe that includes rye and barley malt in the make.  It is not a particularly complicated drink, which leads me to believe it hasn’t been aged for any noteworthy length of time (also, the lack of age expression on the bottle

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine with Dan & Ryan

First off – big thanks to my buddy Jono for bringing this back from one of his trips America-ward. I asked him to grab me some interesting American booze and he delivered. Secondly – don’t ever drink this sober and/or neat. We did it so you don’t have to, so seriously, don’t.  We had to