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Original Magnum Highland Cream Liquor with Dan

This interestingly bottled novelty showed up just in time for the Holidays and seems to have disappeared pretty quickly afterwards. Magnum Scotch Cream Liquor – imagine Bailey’s but not gross. I know everyone loves Bailey’s and I have as well but it’s been too many times in too many nasty coffees and I just can’t

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

Round 2! Dalwhinnie 15y with Dan

Just a quick Round 2! for this glorious August weekend. Scotch doesn’t always feel like a summer drink, but on those cooler evenings in front of the grill or out in nature, it can be the right compliment. And when it’s as good as Dalwhinnie, all the better. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan –

The Ardmore Legacy with Dan

Once again, it’s been a while since we had a single malt scotch, the whisky after which the site is named. This happens, of course, because other whiskies, spirits & beers tend to be cheaper. Scotch still carries the whisky banner and therefore the price standard, even if Americans like to pay a lot for

Saskatoon Sessions: Aberfeldy 16y Single Malt Scotch

Hey all, just back with a quick review – trying to wrap up the Saskatoon Sessions. The calendar got a little away from me, but we had a great time with Brew Donkey and the Rideau Rally, Devin and I had almost 20 beers, all reviewed live on Twitter.  You can go check it out,

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Here’s one we’d been missing for a while, one that had escaped the LCBO before we had a chance to try it. Good old Cloud 9 in Alberta comes through again with Strathisla 12y single malt Scotch. The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland, this Speyside scotch is the backbone and principle whisky of the

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black with Dan

A new Famous Grouse! Well, not quite. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black is the new branding for The Black Grouse. Which is a little odd since they’re still offering the Black Grouse Alpha Edition – maybe they had extra labels left over. Speaking of labels, this one tells you exactly what you’re getting – Famous

BattleScotch! Glenfarclas with Dan & Bowick

Well, you knew this was going to happen, of course. It’s not a brand sampler without a BattleScotch to tell you which is worth your time or money. Always a little tricky with the tiny bottles, but when it comes to ranking Glenfarclii, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 12y Simon – 10y Bowick

Glenfarclas 12y with Dan & Bowick

Alright, the last of the Glenfarclii, the 12y. We can jump right to the notes, here’s what we thought:   nose Dan – old banana, salty baked bread, fresh fudge Simon – old candies, cereal, smoked fish Bowick – coffee, wheat neat Dan – spicy & salty, fried melon Simon – sting and spice, not

Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength with Dan & Bowick

Second out the box of Glenfarclas it’s the 105! Named after something, I’m sure, but as we said last time the website is a little light on information. They suggest serving this as a “210” (a double) which might blow your face off, honestly. The 105 is offered at a cask strength of 60%, or

Glenfarclas 10y with Dan & Bowick

Aw yiss, Glenfarclas at last. We’ve seen Glenfarclas 10y on the shelves for a while, and I was tantalizingly close to getting a bottle through Secret Santa one year.  I recently found this sampler pack at the airport liquor store in Edmonton, which grimly was open at 7am. But hey, I bought liquor at 7:05

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

We haven’t done a BattleScotch in a long time, and this is the perfect set up. Since The Dalmore is so iterative, it will be interesting to see how their various finishes compare directly to each other. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 15y Simon – 15y Goran – 15y neat Dan – Gran

The Dalmore 18y with Dan & Goran

The last of the new stuff, the last of the Dalmore Vial Sampler. The Dalmore 18y. Briefly, since we’ve been here before, this appears to be of the same origin as the 12y and the 15y, with different finishes for different lengths.  Once again into super fancy sherry butts, which is not the name of

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

Dalmore number three, the 15y! This was actually one of the very first iScotch reviews, and one of the earliest whiskies in my whiskiography. Interesting to see that my opinion has evolved on this one – the intervening 5 years have changed either the whisky or my palate. It is weird for me to like this

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

Folks I am me some hella tired. this review will be suffering from a lack of sleep and the concomitant neurological impairment. i appear to bee overcompensating and undercapitalizing. Gran Reserva, also know as the second Vial of Dalmore, is a no-particular-language phrase probably meaning big reserve. Which… wouldn’t be that reserved, i guess, but

BattleScotch! Tomatin Spanish Sherry 12y v 15y v Oloroso 18y with Dan

BattleScotch! Tomatin Stillmen’s Choice Edition! Aw yeah aw yeah! It wouldn’t be a reasonably priced selection of delicious single malt scotches without us wringing one more post out of it. In the review of the 18y article, I went into some detail about why older scotch may not necessarily tasting “better”. If you’d like to read more

Tomatin Oloroso 18y with Dan

Tomatin Oloroso 18y, the last of the Tomatin Stillmen’s Choice sampler. Next week, we close Tomatin month with the obligatory BattleScotch! At 18y, this is in the old end of things we’ve tried at iScotch – this is only the 5th 18y in almost 300 posts, and none older than that. Maybe it’s because of

Teacher’s Highland Cream with Davey & Alex

It’s been a while since we did an actual scotch here at iScotch. Like, two months. We’ve really burned through a lot of what’s available nearby, going to have to start going further afield soon. But, in the meantime, here’s a cheap twisty blend from the bottom shelf at the LCBO – Teacher’s Highland Cream.

Tiny Review! Glengoyne 10y Unpeated

The second Tiny Review! Supplied by my friend Steve, brought back from his travels to the exotic British Isles (first time that’s been said, I’m sure) and handed over to me for tasting and reviewing and writing up: this is Glengoyne 10y Unpeated Scotch Whisky. Glengoyne is officially/technically a Highlands scotch, but it has a

BattleScotch! Oban 14y v Macallan Amber with Ryan & Goran

A BattleScotch! with actual single malt scotch again! Yay! We have two heavy hitting highlanders here, the classic Oban 14y and the newly minted Macallan Amber. These two represent some of the nicer scotches we’ve had a chance to try, to being able to pit them one against the other is a nice treat. Here’s

The Macallan Amber with Goran, Ryan & Dan

The Christmas Macallan. Thanks, Roisin! The Macallan Amber is the second rung in The Macallan 1824 Series, a newly launched non-age specific line focusing on colour and taste.  The entry level Gold expression will be reviewed in the near future. Some interesting natural vs legal geography going on here. The Macallan distillery sits in what

Deanston Single Malt Scotch with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Bowick

Deanston. Haven’t heard or seen much of this brand since starting this blog, so I decided to grab it when it showed up at the LCBO. We do it so you don’t have to, and in this case you really shouldn’t. Deanston is owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, who also own Tobermory and Bunnahabhain, neither

BattleScotch! Edradour 10y Chateauneuf Du Pape v Highland Park 10y with Goran, Dan & Ryan

BattleScotch! Like recess at a public school, it’s the battle of the 10y olds! If you keep flicking the lights on and off, it triggers their bloodlust. Since we’re not back in school, we have the cask strength Edradour Chateablahblah du blah battling the Highland Park for our eternal love. Er, article. smell Dan –

BattleScotch! anCnoc 12y v Auchentoshan 12y with Ryan, Goran & Bowick

It’s the Highland v Lowland 12y scotches that start with ‘A’ BattleScotch! We haven’t had a lot of lowlands and don’t have a full impression of the regional qualities yet, but this little contest helped a bit, highlighting the differences. Here’s what we thought: smell Ryan – anCnoc 12y Simon – anCnoc 12y Goran –

ScotchParty Review #5 – McClelland’s Highland with Dan, Ryan, Goran, Ashley, Jared & Bowick

The fifth ScotchParty Review, the third McClelland’s.  This time we’re trying out their Highlands bottling. And it seems to hold up to their “reasonable scotch at a reasonable price” reputation. Here’s what we thought: smell Simon – nutty, old wood Dan – sweet, wood in burn, apricot Ryan – peaty, sweet Goran – nice, spongecake,

ScotchParty Review #1 – The GlenDronach 12y Original with Dan, Ryan, Goran, Bowick, Ashley & Jared

So, we had a little get-together. Everyone brought a bottle. We did our level best to properly review all of them. Seriously, we really really tried. A part of the BenRiach brand, GlenDronach is one of the deepest red scotches I’ve ever seen, and since we tasted this one towards the beginning of the night,

anCnoc 12y with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Steph

It’s pronounced a-nock. Steph picked this up for me in Montreal, and it’s one that’s been on the to-try list for a while.  We also got to verify the consistency of our tasting experience by staging this over three tastings – me, Goran and Ryan, then Dan, then Steph.  The consistency was a nice affirmation.

Highland Park 10y with Dan, Bowick, Ryan & Goran

What a pleasant surprise. Clocking in $15 cheaper than the excellent 12y, the Highland Park 10y is a welcome addition to the $45-60 range. While it tastes young, the pedigree is there. I would give you a link to the specific expression, but their website makes no mention of it. smell Dan – peat, coffee,

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

Glenmorangie Discovery Pack

This was a great get.  For the cost of a bottle of Glenmorangie Original 10y, you get a bottle of Glenmorangie Original 10y, with three other scotches to try, each aged an additional 2 years in different kinds of casks.  The Quinta Ruban 12y is aged in port casks, the Nectar d’Or 12y in sauternes