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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

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve

As I mentioned in the last post, I recently spent some time in Saskatoon and found a great little bar in the lobby of the Holiday Inn. A nice whisky selection and friendly wait staff, and decent food to boot. The order of the evening has escaped me, so we’ll do this at random. First

Weller Special Reserve Wheated Bourbon with Dan

A new budget bourbon appeared on the shelf at the LCBO and we had to try it. Weller Special Reserve, The Original Wheated Bourbon. Despite being “wheated” (which sounds like a Saskatchewan hazing ritual), this is still marked as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The requirements for KSBW are just that the mash be 51%

Round 2! Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Virginia

Knob Creek, purveyors of fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This is their Single Barrel Reserve, aged nine years and bottle at 60%. It’s not often a distiller can pull off a high-powered whiskey without a lot of collateral damage in the flavour and face burning departments, but Knob Creek manages to do it and still

Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve with Dad

It’s Dad’s birthday and he’s gone to the liquor cabinet and pulled out this Glenfiddich 12y Special Reserve. We’ve had a 12y Glenfiddich before, but it’s not clear if this is the same stuff. I know for sure this bottle pre-dates my drinking whisky. Dad received this as a gift from a close friend when my

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

Late night, late post! Just a quick Round 2 of one of our all time faves, the Glenrothes Select Reserve. 351st article, that’s kind of crazy. This introductory bottle from a long standing distillery is a common feature on many of our whisky shelves. We’ve reviewed it on its own and as part of the Glenrothes

Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve On A Plane

I found this Glenlivet expression, the Master Distiller’s Reserve, on an Air Canada flight last night. I thought I was just getting the 12y, a nice little cap off to a long road season and the start of vacation. This bottling is “available exclusively in Travel Retail” which I assume means people movers and/or duty

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

Canadian Club Reserve 9y with Davey & Alex

Heyheyhey fellow whiskynauts. I’m overnighting in beautiful Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and so a well written, hilarious, provocative or fact-checked post is just not in the works this week. So, probably a good idea to trot out something from a brand we’ve already seen a lot of, like Canadian Club. This is the 9y, and

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye with Dan & Goran

Century Reserve Lot 15-25 Custom Blend Rye Whisky. That’s a lot of words. AGAIN. And I’m always suspicious of whiskies with numbers in the name. I checked the website, the meagre write-up says it has been aged for “many” years. Numbers in the name, words in the age. Not a great sign. It is, however,

Knob Creek 9y Single Barrel Reserve with Dan

Back to the creek best known for its knobs. That is a terrible intro, so let me try again. Knob Creek! Single Barrel! 120 Proofs! All the proofs! We’ve had a Knob Creek before, about a year and a half ago, and the last review is a little, or completely, light on the information. I’m

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select. That’s a pretty huge mouthful of a name,  let’s take a look: Why 1792? That’s the year Kentucky became a state.  Since the distillery was established in 1879, the why is marketing. In fact, the why on the whole damn name is marketing wrung through the legal system, exclusively. Why

St Paddy’s Day: Jameson Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

No, it’s not Friday. You’re getting this review because we’re going to keep posting noteworthy reviews on noteworthy days as well as the weekly Friday article/review/brainstorm/hate-filled screed/discarded napkin poetry. A couple years ago we did a bunch of Irish whiskey reviews for Irish Whiskey Day St Paddy’s Day. We did Redbreast and Writer’s Tears, and

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

Danfield’s Private Reserve Small Batch with Ryan & Goran

Just a quick entry in our ongoing series of budget reviews. But, you guys just did a Macallan tasting, you might say, if you were paying attention. And Yeah, I’d say, we did. It was free. This is Danfield’s Private Reserve. It’s made by Williams & Churchill. They’re either from Lethbridge, Alberta or Valleyfield, Quebec.

Fourth Beer Of Christmas: Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve with Matt, Ryan, Dan & Goran

The Fourth Beer Of Christmas. If you’re following our instructions and working your way through this list on Christmas Day, then you’re about to be fully lubricated for the Airing Of Grievances. No, YOU listen, damnit! The Grande Réserve is a Unibroue beer, part of the Sapporo beverage corporation through their Sleaman’s label. It’s an

BattleScotch! The Glenlivet 12y v The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Ryan & Goran

You knew it was going to happen. You knew as soon as you saw us review the second Glenlivet, you knew “they’re gonna BattleScotch! the 12y and the 15y, I know it”. You knew that. That’s okay. You can own that, bro. Good looking out. We can keep this one short, this is as straightforward

The Glenrothes Flight at The Highlander Pub, Rideau, Ottawa with Dan, Ryan & Goran

We had been looking forward to this night for a week or so, a planned sequel to Dan’s bachelor party that I had been out of town for.  The iScotch lads finally getting around to visiting Ottawa’s biggest Scotch selection at The Highlander Pub on Rideau St in the Byward Market. And a good time

BattleScotch! Jim Beam Devil’s Cut v Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select with Ryan, Dan, Goran & Laura

BattleScotch! The Budget Bourbon Edition. We have no one’s favourite Jim Beam Devil’s Cut battling fellow delinquent Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select. It’s like listening to your neighbors fight: you don’t don’t care who wins, you just want it to be over so you can go to sleep because if you don’t get

The Glenlivet 15y French Oak Reserve with Dan, Goran & MC The Actual MC

Celebration whisky is always good. Dan & Laura gave Ryan this bottle to say thanks for Being the MC at their wedding reception. He did a good job, and a good job deserves scotch. We’ve tried the 12y before, and I’ve had the 18y at my bro-in-law’s. So it was nice to try the middle

ScotchParty Review #3 – BattleScotch! The Glendronach 12y Original v The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Jared, Ashley, Alex, Goran, Ryan, Dan & Bowick

BATTLESCOTCH AT A SCOTCHPARTY. THE BATTLE OF THE GLENS. Sorry for the shouting.  We pitted The Glendronach 12y Original against The Glenrothes Select Reserve literally because they both have Glen in the name – The GlenDronach is an aged expression Highlander and The Glenrothes is a non-specific Speysider, so it really was the only axis

Fuller’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Edition No. 4 Oak Aged Ale with Dan & Goran

There are times when I’ll cop to being suckered by marketing. Big velvety blue box, OAK AGED emblazoned on the side, gold leaf script fonts, damn son, two please. While not just a gimmick, it’s pretty gimmicky. The oak the beer is aged in is old VSOP armagnac casks. We didn’t know either, just click

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

Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with The Dan

I have been looking at this bottle for a year or so now, humming and hawing over trying bourbon while I’m still figuring out scotch.  Dan and I figured it was worth a go, and here we are. Smell – me – familiar bourbon, caramel. The Dan – sweetness, corn. Neat – me – sweet,