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Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

Another Heaven Hill bourbon to add to the wall – Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. You know what’s cool? Crime. Crime is cool. Name things after crimes. This bourbon’s distinction is that it swaps rye for wheat in the mash – bourbon has to be 51% corn but the other 49% can be any other

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

All The Spiceboxes with Mum & Dan

Spicebox spiced whisky – “real prohibition rye whisky” marked “spices” to help smuggling. There’s a great story on their website that seems to have zero relationship with this product other than them calling it “real prohibition rye whisky”. Maybe this booze is specifically banned somewhere, otherwise I don’t understand how that works. Since spicing for

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout with Davey

Thornbridge Eldon Oak Infused Imperial Stout, a Dickensian(*) name to be sure. Thornbridge Brewery is in the UK and the names of their beers seem to indicate an affinity for literature and the arts. I can’t find the Eldon in their beerlist so I’ll have to assume this dark beer makes swarthy reference to the

King Robert II Blend with Dan

A lovely Christmas present reviewed in the spring and finally published on one of the hottest days of the year. It’s hot. It’s real hot. You’d be excused by saying “Damn, dude, surely this is the kind of weather best suited for a refreshing gin review or some such” and I would agree with you,

Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon with Dan

A border-crossing friend snagged this.. um.. testament to budgetary discretion. Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon is available at Duty Free shops and still manages to only be $8usd. Which is made further amazing when you find out that it’s the same mash as Jim Beam, just aged less. That’s a little shocking. Other

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

BattleScotch! Tomintoul Glenlivet Edition with Dan & Goran

BattleScotch o’clock, Tomintoul time! You knew it was coming – we can’t do a whole month from one distiller without pitting them against each other in petty subjective combat. Cutting to the chase, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran – 25y neat Dan – 16y Simon – 25y Goran

Luck O’ The Irish: Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout with Devin

  Quick little review with the family while I’m on the road in Vancouver. My sister bought a pre-St Paddy’s Day treat, Innis & Gunn Kindred Spirits Tullamore DEW Barrel Aged Stout for my brother in law and I to try (she did smell it and pronounced it “coffee I wouldn’t drink”). We’ve had Innis

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 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

Innis & Gunn Frank & Sense Limited Edition with Dan

As we enter the home stretch before the holidays, time to look at a few seasonal offerings. Up first, and our.. what like, fourth Innis & Gunn post in a row?  The seasonal Frank & Sense! You get it, like what the wise men brought the baby Jeebus. Yeah, frankincense, incense that’s not going to

Saskatoon Sessions: Innis & Gunn 150 Limited Edition Maple & Thistle Rye Ale

First of all I’d like to apologize. The second half of 2017 has been pretty uneven for post publication. As in, all of one since I moved at the end of July. Part of this was the move and getting sorted and not having anything to review or any time to review it. Part of

Ole Smoky Apple Pie Tennessee Moonshine with Virginia

Another Ole Smoky. Found this at Calgary airport, where longtime readers will know we find a lot of small tasters. This little guy was waiting at the counter and couldn’t be passed up. Of course, since presentation and taste have almost nothing to do with each other, this might look cute, but it tastes like someone got extremely

Guest Review! Auchentoshan Three Wood By Daniel Küpper

Editor’s note: this one came in at the perfect time, another review By Daniel Küpper and this one on Canada Day so I can go party with no interruptions! Thanks, Daniel!       Hi there, Auchentoshan Nice to meet you Some whiskys can be found in almost every bar all around the world. Although I

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

Innis & Gunn Secret Saison with Julia

Innis & Gunn Secret Saison. A rare beer with a rare outcome from Innis & Gunn – an utter miss. What’s a saison? It’s a kind of beer meant for “sessioning” (which I think just means “drink a bunch”) with local ingredients, low alcohol and a clean taste. This beer fails to achieve the last

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

Guest Review! The Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky By AJ

Simon – So I feel a little bad about this one. I bought this bottle on my way through Calgary and hadn’t noticed the Trailer Park Boys logo at the top. I got home, tried a dram and flinched. This was a job for our contract Bad Whisky Expert AJ, writer of the hilarious Proof

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

Innis & Gunn Vintage! As found in Winnipeg. As much as I love Innis & Gunn, this one’s a bit of a reach. At *twenty* dollars each, you’d be excused for forgetting it’s just beer. You pay the Tube Tax. You pay the import beer tax. You pay the bottle conditioned tax, and the 100

Round 2! Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Julia

A quick Round 2! today for the always excellent Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish. We first did this expression a little over a year ago, and it only appears to come out around St Paddy’s Day, hence the bare qualification for a “Round 2!” article. But it’s good stuff, and this year I can

The English Whisky Co Chapter Nine Peated with Dan, Goran, Steve, Brian & Matt

Finally, back on track! We’ve got so many reviews in the hopper right now, y’all don’t even know. DON’T EVEN KNOW. Beers, gins & whiskies, new countries on the board! We’ve had the Chapter Six already, and in similar circumstances with a smaller, newer distiller, you might see a bit of iteratism, if you will.

Gibson’s Finest Sterling with Dan

Fancy photo for a tiny bottle. That’s from a hike up in Jasper. I know we’d sort of sworn off any further Gibson’s after the Finest/Finest Rare debacle (DEBACLE I SAY). But we’re well into year three and closing on 280 articles, and when I see a little bottle of something we haven’t reviewed for

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

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

Black Velvet Blended Canadian Whisky by Peter (Guest Review)

Simon – Peter is a total stranger to me. I am only aware of his existence because of the Twitters. But he’s pretty funny on there, and pretty funny right here, so you should check him out. He also writes at Book Riot and like books or something. I think he has kids? Actually, I’m

Round 2: Proof by AJ (Guest Review)

Simon – This is our inaugural “Round 2” post, where we revisit bottles we tried more than a year ago. It’s written by guest reviewer AJ, university friend, former nemesis, former roommate, fellow Centretown Rhino Party member & snake handler. He’s also written a companion piece to this review over at ajvalliant.com. Enjoy! I found

ScotchParty Review #7 – The Famous Grouse with Dan, Jared & Bowick

So… yeah.. late at night. Not our best work. We had a few bail-outs and quitters. But to be fair they may have already been asleep. Shameful to say that we are going to have to revisit The Famous Grouse (warning, Flash splash page ahead, because it’s 2004) because the notes are incomplete. I will

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 #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 #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