2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

Aw yiss. A classic of the form. One of the pantheon. A real… thing of the… stuff. Lagavulin 8y. We’ve had exactly one Lagavulin before because they are prized, rare and expensive. But if you want a true Islay and have had enough Bowmore, you should try Lagavulin at some point. It’s like an off-white […]

2018-09-01 Lagavulin 8y with Dan & Goran

BattleScotch! Bruichladdich Edition with Dan & Ryan

….And the last Bruichladdich article for a while, I promise, but we had to do it – BattleScotch! Bruichladdich Edition! These were three pretty great scotches in their own right, but which of the three to buy? Here’s what we got: nose Dan – Heavily Peated Simon – Heavily Peated Ryan – Classic neat Dan […]

BattleScotch! Bruichladdich Edition with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

The last from the big blue box, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch, because why not take 20 syllables and 10 words to name your thing.  Isn’t there some notable quote about how being concise is… like, good? Port Charlotte isn’t just a figment of marketing magic, it’s an actual place. […]

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley with Dan & Ryan

Second out of the box, we have Bruichladdich’s Unpeated Islay Barley. It’s.. uh.. … it’s what the name says it is, I guess. I’ve tried to find this expression on the website, but i don’t have a conclusive link. The small bottles listed point to extremely specific (expensive sounding) terroir-y unpeated expressions. This is upeated, […]

Bruichladdich Unpeated Islay Barley with Dan & Ryan

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

First out of the Big Box o Bruichladdich – the Classic Laddie! The Classic is an established blend, created by one distiller and now serves as the mark the new distiller/blender must hit. This makes for better product consistency over time but I can imagine it might chafe after awhile. An unpeated  expression, this is […]

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Ryan

Saskatoon Sessions: Ardbeg Uigeadail

  Ardbeg Uigeadail – It’s pronounced oog-a-dal, because that’s what you say when you drink it. This is a Proper Islay – full bore smoke and fire, good for a cold wet night on the sea or just some random evening on the Prairies. Here’s what I thought: nose – beef jerky & smoked fish […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Ardbeg Uigeadail

The Ileach Peated Islay Single Malt with Dan, Steve & Goran

Pretty rare these days that we review an actually Scotch whisky. Prices have been on the climb for a while as various shortages are made up or actually occur. Because of these shortfalls, distillers are having to get more creative. No Specific Age whiskies have always existed, usually on the lower shelves, coming in cheaper than […]

The Ileach Peated Islay Single Malt with Dan, Steve & Goran

Round 2! Ardbeg 10y with Dan

Just a quick one this week, loyal readers! It’s been a slog of a week, verily, and while I will be enjoying a whisky in very short order, this isn’t really a “write a bunch of stuff” moment unfortch(*). Instead, this is a BuzzFeed iScotch post! So, Round 2 for the Ardbeg 10y! We liked […]

Round 2! Ardbeg 10y with Dan

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

Peat party for particular palates! We’ve got our second Islay Mist, this time their Peated Reserve. Islay Mist has done well for us in the past as one of the few geographically specific blends out there, and even beat the Islay single malt from McClelland’s (here, Matt is shouting that McClelland’s is too expensive to […]

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

Bowmore Legend with Steve, Goran, Dan & Matt

Post 301 y’all! Haven’t done back to back articles in a while.  Since we’re starting on a new day, with a new theme, I figured we should do a proper single malt scotch to mark the occasion. Bowmore Legend. We’re known as big Bowmore fans – before the price went up, their 12y was *the best* budget-range […]

Bowmore Legend with Steve, Goran, Dan & Matt

Round 2: Bowmore 12y with Ryan & Goran

A return to a favourite. Bowmore 12y has long been one of our favourites, one of the few scotches I’ve bought more than once. This particular bottle comes from Goran’s collection. We have had the Bowmore 12y before, as well as several others, but the last review was about 60 words long, hence this Round […]

Round 2: Bowmore 12y with Ryan & Goran

BattleScotch! Islay Mist 8y v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Hmmm… our first BattleScotch! over the Blend Line? Some people (Goran) loudly protested this particular combatax spiritus because a blend is for blend times and a single malt is for single malt time. There is some precedence – we BattleScotch!ed two transnational blends that had basically nothing in common, although in fairness Goran loudly protested […]

BattleScotch! Islay Mist 8y v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Islay Mist 8y Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Interesting. A cheap, twist-off blend… that also happens to be aged and specifically from Islay. Islay Mist 8y is produced by MacDuff International, the same people who gave us Grand MacNish – which has been referred to as “scrotch”. Less interesting, more worrisome. And a look at the back of the bottle points to its […]

Islay Mist 8y Blended Scotch with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Ardbeg 10y with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Ardbeg! Gaelic for “little height”, or the sound you make when you stifle that midnight-toe-stub scream. Located on the southern shore of Islay, Ardbeg claims to be the island’s (not The Islands’) peatiest whisky. Part of the claim comes from sourcing their malted barley from Port Ellen and the malting distillery there. Here’s something weird. […]

Ardbeg 10y with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Birthday Scotch Review – Dun Bheagan 8y Islay Hogshead

Spending 36 on the beach with the dog. Steph kindly handed me this bottle on my way west and I’ve had a fair portion watching the dog chase beach rabbits. Customary back story which i really should have written yesterday: Dun Bheagan is a bottler, not a distiller, so there’s not too much available on […]

Birthday Scotch Review – Dun Bheagan 8y Islay Hogshead

BattleScotch! McClelland’s Speyside v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Bowick

Our 100th post, so it’s time to do something new. In BattleScotch! we pit two or more bottles related by either obvious elements or esoteric justifications against each other in a rigorous taste-off. Not really, this is just an attempt at a straight forward answer to “Which would you buy?”  We’ll provide the raw data […]

BattleScotch! McClelland’s Speyside v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Bowick

McClelland’s Islay Single Malt Whisky with Dan & Ryan

McClelland’s is not a distillery, so this is a little different from what we’ve been looking at so far.  They are a bottler, as near as I can tell, who get their contents from Morrison Bowmore’s various distilleries, split up into lines by geographic regions.  I guess the idea is to create a brand of […]

McClelland’s Islay Single Malt Whisky with Dan & Ryan

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 […]

Caol Ila 12y with Dan

Bowmore 15y Darkest with Ryan

First of the micro reviews.  Not that they’re shorter (they really couldn’t be, I’m phoning this shit in pretty hard already), they’re just reviews of tiny bottles of Bowmore that I got in the Bowmore Collection. This is the 15y, a sherry cask finished scotch they call Darkest (not Darkness, or The Darkness).  There are […]

Bowmore 15y Darkest with Ryan

Bowmore Surf with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Val

Bowmore is one of my favourite scotches.  Peaty and complicated, even the budget 12y tastes amazing given the price on the bottle.  The Bowmore Surf is allegedly not available in Canada – someone brought it to work as a raffle prize and I won it in a Jelly Bean guessing contest (won with math, kids, […]

Bowmore Surf with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Val

The Botanist Gin with The Dan, The Ryan & The Goran

Changing a couple things up for this review.  Yes, it’s a gin, and I don’t like gin either.  But it’s okay, it’s made by Bruichladdich, the Islay scotchmakers.  And, we’ve got four guys for this review. The Botanist is indeed an Islay gin. You can pick up some of the same terroir-level tastes that you’d […]

The Botanist Gin with The Dan, The Ryan & The Goran

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Peat Project with The Dan

Bruichladdich is a big brand, consisting of many sub-divisions of brands and sub-brands.  The Peat Project is the non-age specific vintage blend of a single malt of the Port Charlotte line (they’d like you to know it’s a tribute to the Rhinns of Islay, which Wikipedia says is the piece of land that Port Charlotte […]

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Peat Project with The Dan