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Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 with Davey

We don’t usually do wine here on iScotch but my buddy Davey started working at the Wine… Shop? Store? Wine Bunker..? Nono, the Wine-o-Rama, in the Sobey’s on Metcalfe. He gave me some great recommendations for wines for gifts/supplies over the holidays. Black Cellar Whisky Oak Aged Shiraz-Cabarnet Blend #5 comes highly recommended. Davey says

Sleeman Sparkling Ale with Stephanie

Another holiday bottle where you pay more for extra packaging! It’s okay – I’m using it as a riser for my scotch display back row now. Sleeman Sparkling Ale was released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the brewery. That’s all the website has to say, aside form calling it “brilliantly filtered” and I don’t

Pike Creek 10y Rum Cask with Matt

I could’ve sworn we’d had a Pike Creek before, but a quick search for “creek” only pings Forty, Knob and Corner. So add another creek to the… uh.. pile? of creeks? Not creaks, creeks. This particular creek is where Pike Creek ages their whisky, in this case in Rum Casks. Altho the website only mentions

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Aww yeah ten and a half months later finally get to my Christmas present from Dan – Twelve Barrels Canadian Whisky. The story of this bottle is a little amazing. A high school bootlegger making prison wine under his bed in his parent’s home, pitches the story to distilleries all over the world, lands a

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

Coffin Ridge Forbidden Dry Cider

Just a quick review this week. It has been hot as hell here for too long and I am up to my beer gut in chores that need doing. So in the name of both refreshment and productivity here’s Coffin Ridge Winery’s Forbidden Dry Cider. Here’s what I thought: nose – slight jolly rancher taste

Great Lakes Brewery 30th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Steph

Another big bottled, high abv, milestone-celebrating weird beer here, with a twist – it’s actually good! A lot of times these large format beers can be.. um.. challenging. A lot of hops to make big flavour can make something undrinkable or a lot of yeast to kick up the alcohol content can make things a

Reviewed! King’s Lock Craft Distillery WhiskyJack Rye with Dan & Ryan

From just outside Prescott, here’s King’s Lock Craft Distillery‘s WhiskyJack Rye. 100% rye, same as their Prescott White Rye. “Aged on oak”, which doesn’t necessarily conjure images of barrels. If I spill moonshine on a hardwood floor and leave it for the weekend is that “aged on oak”? Possibly oak chips? Possibly some kind of

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

Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

Just a quick little solo review for Easter: Prince Edward county’s own Barley Days Brewery. Someone gifted my folks a four-pack sample and I helped myself to this Royal George Brown Ale. Good drinking for a cooler spring evening. smell – perfect brown ale, sweet, coffee taste – good heft, chocolate presents, very smooth finish

Stalk & Barrel Blue Blend with Dan

Here we go, the other Stalk & Barrel blend, the Blue. So what’s going on here? Stalk & Barrel is retiring the 1+11 blend and instead offering the Blue & Red Blends as the entry and midrange bottles, respectively. We really enjoyed the 1+11 originally, but anecdotes suggest it may have changed over time – I’m not

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

66 Gilead Wild Oak, a new Ontario whisky from Prince Edward County. Yay for whisky from within 300 kilometres from home! Thanks to Brad for picking this up on a recent trip. The Wild Oak is a corn, rye and wheat bourbon-style whisky aged in charred oak, and it does taste like a rye bourbon.

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Hadn’t seen Vanni in a while and he swung by for birthday drinks with this interesting bottle. Thanks Vanni! Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB from Dominion City! So many things! We have steered around the wine barrel-aged stuff in the past, having experienced a few examples where the cask overpowered the contents. Getting it right should “just”

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought:

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to

JP Wiser’s Hopped Whisky (Dark Ale Style) with Dan

JP Wiser’s Hopped Whisky. A tiny sampler attached to the Double Still Rye. I just got called out for hating on Wiser’s in the last review, and this one’s not going to help that perception one bit. We generally don’t like Wiser’s and you can say that makes the review a self-fulfilling prophecy. But we

JP Wiser’s Double Still Rye with Dan

JP Wiser’s Double Still Rye. Again with the Wiser’s. We are pretty consistent non-fans of Wiser’s and their stable of whiskies, which is unfortunately both huge and cheap, so they end up in the rotation as simply the most accessible new bottle on the shelf. And while non of us like Wiser’s that much, the

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky with Davey, Matt & Steve

Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky. Corn, barley, wheat & rye blended together and named for the distillery that is now the Distillery District in Toronto. The name appears to be the only real connection to the original Gooderham & Worts company – this whisky is now distilled in Corbyville with much of the

Dillon’s Rose Gin Batch 11 with Dan & Alex

Dillon’s Rose Gin, a flavoured gin liquor. We’re well out of our wheelhouse with this one. Rose gins aren’t too uncommon, and rose hips show up as one of the botanicals in a few major brands too. But in this case, the rose petals are steeped in the gin, and then the whole thing is sweetened

Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager with Steve

Okay, so sometimes we do a review, and due to a combination of the stuff being terrible, and the photo being boring, and it sort of being a little off-topic, it sits in Drafts for… like six months. This is that kind of review. Sleeman Beechwood Smoked Lager is really bad. I used to be

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new cask aged beer, especially one not from Innis & Gunn. It’s also been a while since I did a solo review, but everyone was “busy” or “working” or “thinks I have a problem”. WELL NUTS TO THEM I AM DRIVEN BY ART AND ROCKET-POWERED. Trafalgar Ales

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye with Dan & Goran

Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye. Not just a Select, but Selected by a man with a chair! A whole chair! I gave this bottle as a gift to a few rye drinkers and have had this review sitting for a while. I think this is going to be a big seller this summer –

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine with Ryan

Great Lakes Brewery Beard of Zeus Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. It’s a name whose length is only bested by how long I’ve been meaning to post this review – there just always seemed to be something better to talk about. I believe Ryan picked this up for us to try. We cracked it open and had

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

And now for something different, again. Yeah, it’s different in almost exactly the same way as last time, but slightly different from that. This time, we’ve created a concoction of… um… well, I can’t honestly remember if this is just bourbons, or all American whiskies. But yeah, Project Pour Stuff Together Over The Course Of

iScotch Scotch Slurry with Dan, Ryan & Julia

And now for something different. Not completely different, because 1) it’s still whisky and 2) I’m not quoting Monty Python. This is… relatively different while remaining on-topic for a website about booze. HOW relatively different, you ask? And why does it say ‘slurry’ in the title, you continue to ask? And do you really think

Nickel Brook Headstock Light Lager by Laura (Guest Review)

Simon – Laura is another Twitter friend! You can follow her @skinnyandsingle and @helenlaura5, and read her blog! Photo also by Laura! It’s a beautiful Canada Day in Burlington, Ontario. I’m attending the Canada Day celebrations at Spencer Smith Park with my two girlfriends. It’s so sunny and hot that of course, I beeline for

Stalk & Barrel Cask 8 with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Matt

Can’t do a quick business tour of the GTA without stopping in at Still Waters Distillery in Concord/Vaughan. If you check our reviews of their Stalk & Barrel Cask 2 single malt and their 1+11 Special Blend, you’ll see why: these guys are doing it right. I have to admit that last time I visited

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve with Dan

The fourth Forty Creek. So that’s, like… A Hundred And Sixty Creek, I guess. And we’re not even half way through the brand. This time out we’ve got the Double Barrel Reserve, specifically lot 240 distillery no. 54sl46. It’s a blend of individually aged corn, rye and barley whiskies mixed into and aged in second-use

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve with Dan, Goran & Matt

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve, the second rung of the Forty Creek product line. This is our third foray into this brand, previous trying the Premium Barrel Select, and pitting their Cream Liquor against Bailey’s on Christmas Day. As we mentioned in the PBS review, we have some history with Forty Creek, mostly for parties

Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout with Dan

Bourbon-aged beer – truly it is a promise of great taste. This is the Nickel Brook Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout, a nice little post-New Year’s cask aged beer. It’s aged in unspecified Kentucky bourbon barrels for an unspecified amount of time.  And for some reason there’s a planetary model of an atom on the front,

Stalk & Barrel 1+11 Special Blend with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Stalk & Barrel! Thanks, Jono! I’m about to make two grandiose claims, and it won’t even cost you much to find out if I’m right: This is the BEST Canadian whisky, and this is the MOST Canadian whisky. The first part of that claim will be completely apparent the first time you taste it,

Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12y with Goran & Ryan

The classic Christmas cadieux, the boozy boxed set. Thanks Ryan! Canadian Club gets a bit of a bad rap, one we tried to address with our review about the Premium. Unfortunately, this particular numbered-C12-057-for-some-reason Classic misses the mark fairly significantly. Canadian Club is one of those brands that gets named drop when trying to establish

Christmas Day BattleScotch! Forty Creek Cream Liquor v Baileys Original Irish Cream with Sarah, Goran, Dan, Ryan & Robin

Christmas Day Battlescotch! As if today weren’t awesome/stressful enough, let’s throw in some more conflict and alcohol! At least this way you’ll know which of these to use to smooth out your coffee and your relatives. We’ve had a Forty Creek before, but I didn’t do much digging for the last article. Forty Creek distillery

Seventh Beer Of Christmas: Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout with Ryan, Goran & Dan

DERP I PUT IT IN A BIG SHINY BOX. I’m now making the ‘gimme money’ hand motion. $13.95 is a lot of money for one beer, even if it is fancy. Muskoka Brewery, out of Bracebridge, is another independent local brewery success story, now selling across Ontario through the local liquor monopoly, and in several

Fifth Beer Of Christmas: Mill Street Brewery Barley Wine with Goran & Ryan

YAY CHRISTMAS BEERS! YAY FIVE BEERS! SOrry! sorry for shouting! This is Mill Street Brewery‘s Barley Wine Batch #13-331-4! This will be a short review because we’ve already talked about who Mill Street Brewery are and what a barley wine is. This is both of those things so click those links if you want to

Third Beer Of Christmas: Ashton Brewing Company Amber Ale with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Thanks, Mum. Straight from the banks of the mighty Jock River, at the confluence of Ashton Station and Flewellyn roads, Ashton Brew Pub is an Ottawa Valley stalwart, established in 1986. There’s also Patty’s Pub on Bank St in Ottawa where Ashton’s brews are available. Not too much to say, their web presence is pretty

Mill Street Brewery Vanilla Porter with Ryan

A quickie beer post. Mill Street Brewery is a Toronto success story. In 11 years, they’ve expanded from a Distillery District brewery to four brewpubs in 2 cities, with their dozen or so varieties available across the province and winning awards across the country. We’ve discussed what makes a porter or stout a porter or

Radical Road The Wayward Son Belgian Style Golden Ale with Ryan

So here’s a quick little beer review as we gear up for some serious scotchification in the next few weeks. Yeah, I said it. If you didn’t want made up words, buddy you are in the wrong place. We’ve had a Radical Road brew to review in the past, and they are definitely interesting. Here’s