Caldera Hurricane 5 with Steve & Matt (maybe)

Sometimes I forget things. Things like, where did this whisky come from, and, who are M and St in the tasting notes. According to the website, Caldera Hurricane 5 Canadian whisky is grown, distilled and aged in Nova Scotia! And according to the LCBO website, this whisky is not available in the LCBO.  Same with […]

Caldera Hurricane 5 with Steve & Matt (maybe)

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash aka Blender’s Mash with Steph, Matt & Marie-Michèle

Interesting story on this one. Crown Royal released the bottle as Bourbon Mash (seen here because we got the hookup), a Canadian whisky made in Canada using a typical Bourbon mashbill. And since a Scottish Rye would still be Scottish, it got approved etc and sent out to market. However, because of the prominent Bourbon […]

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash aka Blender’s Mash with Steph, Matt & Marie-Michèle

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 […]

Twelve Barrels with Dan

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

A new Nova Scotian whisk(e)y (the spelling is inconsistent across their website), I hadn’t heard of Glynnevan before Dan’s friend Matt brought a bottle over. The Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye is a genuinely pan-Canadian whisky. Distilled “in the west” and then carted across the country to age next to the sea in the Maritimes. We’ve […]

Glynnevan Double Barrelled Rye with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

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 […]

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

Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

Last of the Saskatoon Sessions! Sorry, publishing schedule got a little messed up when I … uh… just stopped posting for a while. Let’s just all be glad 2017 is behind us, I think that’s probably best. Live & learn. Give & grow. Or whatever. For the last of the Saskatoon Sessions we have a […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Lucky Bastard Rye 001

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 […]

Saskatoon Sessions: Crown Royal Reserve

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 […]

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

Tap 8 Sherry Finished 8y Rye with Dan

Tap 8 Sherry Finished 8y Rye. Possibly the best rye ever, and that’s me saying that. Tap’s web presence is broken at the moment – the stylesheet’s not loading so it looks a little web 1.0. There’s a contact phone number at the bottom that when you search lands you at 375 Park Avenue Drinks, […]

Tap 8 Sherry Finished 8y Rye with Dan

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 […]

JP Wiser’s Double Still Rye with Dan

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 […]

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

TINCUP American Whiskey with Dan

TINCUP American whiskey! It comes with a tin cup on the top! We’ve been enjoying the wider American whiskey movement. Kentucky Straight Bourbon, moonshine and Tennessee Sour Mash are great, but if they’re all you know of continental distillation, you are missing out. Colorado whiskeys are a nice blend of rye & bourbon tastes, coming […]

TINCUP American Whiskey with Dan

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye with Matt & Dan

  Yes, it’s *that* whisky! “Greatest whisky in the wold” some people have quoted, incorrectly. “Voted best!” others have also misspoken. Basically, what you’ve heard about this bottle of whisky is probably overblown. Jim Murray is a pretty famous whisky guy. He publishes the Whisky Bible, a book which is popular among people who like […]

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye with Matt & Dan

Potter’s Special Old Rye with Steve & Matt

Potter’s Special Old Rye Whisky. Special, old, rye. And in a tiny plastic bottle, because it’s very classy. Also classy, I’ll be continuing the practice of gifs with this post, but I think I’ll relegate them to a simply moving image summary of what thought. Scroll to the bottom to see. Picked this up on […]

Potter’s Special Old Rye with Steve & Matt

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 – […]

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

George Dickel 95% Rye Whisky with Ryan, Davey & Alex

Alright, the first of a new brand. George Dickel Rye! Let’s give it a go. This is a Tennessee whisky… or is it? On the page above, they are very careful to talk up the quality of the rye without actually saying they make it themselves. Which, if you remember, was the same as Bulleit […]

George Dickel 95% Rye Whisky with Ryan, Davey & Alex

Knob Creek Straight Rye with Dan & Ryan

Return to Knob Country! Wow, that sounds like the name of a porn. Back to back Knobs here at-nope. Um… We’re busy Knobbing away-no. In the middle of a good Knobfest-not okay. SOMETHING SOMETHING THE 3RD KNOB CREEK. It’s awry. Well no, the start of this post is awry, this Knob Creek is a rye. […]

Knob Creek Straight Rye with Dan & Ryan

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Because when you make okay bourbon, why not try okaying at other things too? While it doesn’t mention in what type of wood this whiskey was aged for or how long (presumably 3 years), the website does detail the mash pretty clearly: 95% rye 5% malted barley. We like that kind of […]

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Continued attempts by team iScotch to find a rye we can actually get behind – Dan is probably our most rye-positive member while Ryan ironically insists no good rye exists. Either way, this is not that rye. We’ve reviewed a Wild Turkey before: decent but not amazing. This is the rye equivalent – Wild Turkey […]

Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Hiram Walker Special Old Rye Whisky with Dan & Ryan

Very very short review here. This isn’t worth your time so we won’t spend much of ours on it either. Hiram Walker launched Canadian Club whiskey, among others, but weirdly while Hiram Walker’s distillery (founded in 1858 in Walkerton, still going) is owned by Pernod, the Canadian Club brand is part of Beam, as is […]

Hiram Walker Special Old Rye Whisky with Dan & Ryan

Alberta Springs 10y Rye with Dan, Ryan & Alex

Back in Canada. Well, Alberta. But purchased in western and consumed in eastern Ontario. Enough geography,  what is this, Rand McFrickin’ally? 4 and a half years now I’ve been waiting to use that. I don’t think it lands as good as I thought. Anyway, it’s a genuine aged rye, which makes it a bit of […]

Alberta Springs 10y Rye with Dan, Ryan & Alex

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Rye Whisky with Dan

Here’s a quickie because I’m on the road. A few weeks ago Dan picked up this interesting bottle of straight rye whisky, something we thought was a rarity but is proving to be less of one.  Lot No. 40 is part of the Corby super-brand of mid-range booze.  Here’s what we thought: smell Dan – […]

Lot No. 40 Single Copper Pot Still Rye Whisky with Dan

Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky with Goran & Ryan

Just a quick and dirty catchup post.  We reviewed this one a while ago as part of Project Tiny Bottles, the “let’s get post-fodder for cheap” initiative that has brought so, so much content to this site. What to say about Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky? It’s part of the Beam Global brand, which if […]

Alberta Premium Canadian Rye Whisky with Goran & Ryan

Highball Collective Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger with Ryan

Having a scotch blog isn’t all decades-old drams and scantily clad whiskeyettes doing suggestive dances in your face while you wax poetic on the emotional evocativeness of different phenols and long molecules in a fine glass of grain distillate. It’s mostly that, obviously. BUT SOMETIMES IT’S THIS. Exactly like a trench runner falling on a […]

Highball Collective Green Tea Infused Rye & Ginger with Ryan