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Hiram Walker Special Old Rye Whisky with Dan & Ryan

Very very short review here. This isn’t worth your time so we won’t spend much of ours on it either. Hiram Walker launched Canadian Club whiskey, among others, but weirdly while Hiram Walker’s distillery (founded in 1858 in Walkerton, still going) is owned by Pernod, the Canadian Club brand is part of Beam, as is

Alberta Springs 10y Rye with Dan, Ryan & Alex

Back in Canada. Well, Alberta. But purchased in western and consumed in eastern Ontario. Enough geography,  what is this, Rand McFrickin’ally? 4 and a half years now I’ve been waiting to use that. I don’t think it lands as good as I thought. Anyway, it’s a genuine aged rye, which makes it a bit of

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut with Krystal, Dan, Ryan, Alex & Eddie

On the eve of the good day, we tried a bad bourbon. A bad bourbon with very good marketing. If the label and media is to be believed, there are two endearingly- and juxtaposedly-named losses during the aging of whiskey. The Angel’s Share is the portion of the whiskey lost to evaporation (or a fungus),

Golden Wedding Whisky At Dan & Laura’s Wedding

What a day! Congrats to our regular contributors Dan & Laura on their special day. Where’s the review, you ask? Well, this is going to get subjective. Objectively, you could say “you didn’t take any tasting notes” or “you didn’t write anything down” or “you were drinking it straight from the bottle in the parking

ScotchParty Review #6 – Ballantine’s Finest with Ashley, Dan, Bowick, Ryan, Jared & Goran

SCOTCHPARTY BLEND WOOOO It was getting late, but that’s what’s in the notes. Ballantine’s has an under-cited wiki page that goes on at length about its legacy and quality and other objective information.  Their website makes mention of being self-made so I’m assuming the blend here is with replicating nanobots. NanoScotch! Patent pending, jerks. Here’s

ScotchParty Review #4 – Auchentoshan 12y with Dan, Goran, Ryan, Ashley, Jared & Bowick

Sounds German, tastes Scottish.  A quick Google for “etymology auchentoshan” reveals it’s just very old Gaelic from a branch that hasn’t made its way into common Scots English. Apparently this is both “the Glasgow whisky” AND “the breakfast whisky” which leads me to believe a Glasgow brunch is a good place to get punched in

Grand MacNish with Dan, Goran & Bowick

Another twisty blend. This one was not a surprise, tho. Wish I could tell you more but they don’t even have a wiki page, let alone a product one. smell Dan – rubbing alcohol, peat, sulphury Simon – wormwood, sherry Goran – chocolate liquor thing Bowick – reminiscent of Chivas but better neat Dan –

Crown Royal De Luxe with Dan, Ryan & Goran

A Canadian classic, or part of the problem? Crown Royal divides whisky drinkers between those who look for the purple velvet bag (ROYALTY getit?) and those who steer clear. As it turns out, not that Canadian. Being owned by Diageo and based out of Connecticut can take some of the national sheen off any appreciation

Phillips Union Whiskey Kentucky Straight Bourbon/Canadian Whisky with Dan

This is the last refugee of my quick trip to Saint John, New Brunswick, and the second of what we’re calling Transnational Blends. If Three Ships was a curious rendezvous with a southern-hemisphere enchantress that makes you want to visit her foreign lands (nudgenudgewinkwink), then Phillips Union Whiskey’s cross-border mix of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and