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Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point VP02 with Dan, Dad & Steph

Most completistisming going one here. We had the VP01. So therefore we must have Innis & Gunn’s Vanishing Point VP02 or how will we know.. anything? How will we know we even exist unless we experience two similar things and observe their subjective differences over linear time? I ASK YOU. Last year’s beer was only

BattleScotch! Compass Box Edition with Dan

Not every one has the time or budget to buy selections of tiny whiskies and write down their subjective impressions – no, as a busy working non-layabout mortal on the giggity-go, you need to know where the best bang for your whisky dollar is to be had! And that’s the sheer genius of the BattleScotch!

Compass Box Spice Tree with Dan

How many of these things are there? It’s like I’ve forgotten we ever reviewed anything else. NUMBER 5 – Compass Box Spice Tree, a veritable uh tree of I guess spices. Spice Tree apparently broke some rules when it first came out, using a system of inner staves of a different wood to achieve (or

Round 2! Compass Box Peat Monster with Dan

Very quick review today because I’m late but that’s okay, we’ve had Compass Box’s Peat Monster before! Here’s our previous go-round with this boggy bugger, so we can jump right into what we thought this time – there’s a bit of drift between then and now: is it us? Is it the whisky? Did we

Compass Box Oak Cross with Dan

Compass Box Oak Cross – named for the American and French oaks used to re-age whiskies from three distilleries. I could go into more detail but sometimes too many things is too many things.   nose Dan – oak, lime, pickling spice, sour cream? Simon – oak, tequila, mustard neat Dan – rough umami, weird

Compass Box Hedonism with Dan

Compass Box Hedonism! Not the Jamaican sex holiday, but rather a scotch grain whisky blend. This is a multi-grain, multi-barrel concoction, whose website write up talks about “a certain enticing femininity” which sounds… i dunno, kinda gross, honestly. Whisky is cool and interesting but it suffers enough… genderizing already. It’s okay to tell the marketing department

Compass Box Asyla with Dan

Aw yiss let’s kick of Compass Box Month-And-A-Half here at iScotch – Asyla! A blended scotch meant as an everyday drinker, taken with splash. Unfortunately for anyone who did take them up on the daily driver option, this expression is no longer available because they can’t find the right source whiskies for the blend. Which is

Highland Park Magnus with Dan, Bowick & Matt M

Highland Park Magnus. Big dark bottle, cool.. uh.. dragon.. wolfy sort of logo. Classic Highland Park. And by “classic” Highland Park I mean this truism: the less you pay for Highland Park the better it is. And not just in that classic market economics sense. We’ve had a few Highland Parks at iScotch and we’ve

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

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

Round 2! Dalwhinnie 15y with Dan

Just a quick Round 2! for this glorious August weekend. Scotch doesn’t always feel like a summer drink, but on those cooler evenings in front of the grill or out in nature, it can be the right compliment. And when it’s as good as Dalwhinnie, all the better. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan –

The Deveron 12y with Dan

A Highland single malt from Bacardi by way of Dewar’s, from the Macduff Distillery: The Deveron 12y. This is one of three expressions launched in 2015, a new line from a newerish distillery that used to produce mostly for blends. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – strawberry creamsicle, salt water, candied apple Simon –

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,

The Ardmore Legacy with Dan

Once again, it’s been a while since we had a single malt scotch, the whisky after which the site is named. This happens, of course, because other whiskies, spirits & beers tend to be cheaper. Scotch still carries the whisky banner and therefore the price standard, even if Americans like to pay a lot for

Innis & Gunn Vanishing Point VP01 Imperial Stout with Dan, Ryan, Adrian & Bowick

Innis & Gunn are known for trying stuff, different combinations, interpretations etc. They’ve launched a new line called Vanishing Point, which is: the point at which the skills and passion of our brewers converge with our ambitions to create exceptional beers that define us as a company. Which is guess is cool as long as

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

Tomintoul Glenlivet 25y with Dan & Goran

We’ve come to the last new bottle out of the Tomintoul pack, the 25y. As near as I can tell this is the oldest expression of any whisk(e)y anything we’ve reviewed to date. That’s kind of cool, congrats Tomintoul. Next week we’ll wrap up Tomintoul April with the mandatory BattleScotch! But for now, here’s what

Tomintoul Glenlivet 16y with Dan & Goran

The second entry in our month of Tomintoul, we have the 16y. There’s… not too much to say that we didn’t cover last time, it’s the same whisky, just from longer ago. Iteration is the highest form of… something. Probably. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – savory mash, sherry, cranberry Simon – fuller, slightly

Tomintoul Glenlivet 10y with Dan & Goran

Tomintoul Glenlivet 10y. So.. which is it? It appears to be a Tomintoul, as Tomintoul’s website calls all their whiskies Glenlivet Speyside. The Distillery is the Tomintoul-Glenlivet distillery, but it’s owned by Angus Dundee, while Glenlivet is owned by Pernod. Glenlivet is a place, tho. Tomintoul & the River Livet (and one would assume its

Innis & Gunn Longitude & Latitude Series 001 Barrel Aged Raspberry Saison with Davey

Add another Innis & Gunn to the roster – Longitude & Latitude Series 001, the Barrel Aged Raspberry Saison.  This was a great drink, somehow managing to be 6% and full flavoured while remaining exceptionally light. Hard to drink a case at $5 a pop but hey, that’s not good for you anyway. Here’s what

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

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

Saskatoon Sessions: Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky.  Named for an old whiskying injury, apparently. Which makes sense because this was kind of painful to drink. A blended malt means this is a blend of single malt scotches from a number of distilleries. Blends allow for a more consistent product over time, and can have added depth if

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: Aberfeldy 16y Single Malt Scotch

Hey all, just back with a quick review – trying to wrap up the Saskatoon Sessions. The calendar got a little away from me, but we had a great time with Brew Donkey and the Rideau Rally, Devin and I had almost 20 beers, all reviewed live on Twitter.  You can go check it out,

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

Innis & Gunn Marmalade India Pale Ale with Dad

As teased on Tuesday, here’s the first of the new offerings from Innis & Gunn in this year’s Holiday Gift Pack, the Marmalade IPA! The intense citrus of this offering is achieved by “infusing Scottish marmalade”, but also using mandarina bavaria hops, an especially orange fragrant hop varietal. This hop is only 5 years old,

Teaser Tuesday: Innis & Gunn Holiday Gift Pack 2017

Things are looking up here at iScotch! We have literal piles of reviews stacked up for y’all: a month of Bruichladdich a month of Tomatin Paddy’s Irish Whiskey ON St Paddy’s Day to name not even half – hope you like em. We’ll also be posting tasty teasers, when we can, for Saturday’s article on

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

Strathisla 12y Single Malt Scotch with Dan

Here’s one we’d been missing for a while, one that had escaped the LCBO before we had a chance to try it. Good old Cloud 9 in Alberta comes through again with Strathisla 12y single malt Scotch. The oldest continuously operating distillery in Scotland, this Speyside scotch is the backbone and principle whisky of the

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

Harviestoun Raspy Engine Old Engine Oil Raspberry Porter with Dan

Sorry for the no show last week – to make up for it we’ve got Harviestoun Raspy Engine Old Engine Oil Raspberry Porter, enough name for two weeks’ of reviews. We’ve had a Harviestoun before, so when I saw this generously-named offering from the same people I figured it was worth a try. Especially since

Glenfiddich 14y Rich Oak with Dan for World Whisky Day

Happy World Whisky Day, iScotch readers! Did you know, iScotch and World Whisky Day started in the same year? 2012 was an eventful, if largely sucktacular, year. Anyway, happy world wrestling day or whatever. For this week’s review, Dan has brought us his wedding party gift for some upcoming nuptials, the Glenfiddich 14y Rich Oak

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

Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin Teeling Whiskey-Aged Stout with Dan & Davey

The day after St Paddy’s Day is the perfect time to drop these little Scottish/Irish gems. Innis & Gunn Kith & Kin, the first Innis & Gunn to use (or reveal) the name brand whisky barrels used to age their beer. In this case, it’s Teeling whiskey, a great Irish distiller. We’ve had a Teeling

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black with Dan

A new Famous Grouse! Well, not quite. The Famous Grouse Smoky Black is the new branding for The Black Grouse. Which is a little odd since they’re still offering the Black Grouse Alpha Edition – maybe they had extra labels left over. Speaking of labels, this one tells you exactly what you’re getting – Famous

BattleScotch! Glenfarclas with Dan & Bowick

Well, you knew this was going to happen, of course. It’s not a brand sampler without a BattleScotch to tell you which is worth your time or money. Always a little tricky with the tiny bottles, but when it comes to ranking Glenfarclii, here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 12y Simon – 10y Bowick

Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength with Dan & Bowick

Second out the box of Glenfarclas it’s the 105! Named after something, I’m sure, but as we said last time the website is a little light on information. They suggest serving this as a “210” (a double) which might blow your face off, honestly. The 105 is offered at a cask strength of 60%, or

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 Spiced Rum Aged Porter with Steve

Missed last week, Christmas and all. Sorry about that. Had a lovely break, and looking forward to some good drinks tonight. Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged Porter is not one of them. And this is not just a by-product of my not liking rum – Steve digs rum and he gave this a lower

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

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale with Davey

Innis & Gunn Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale. It comes in a box, has lots of words, is kind of expensive. The trio of beer greatness, as it were. However, as does happen, this time these elements conspire to make something great. Great colour, great bouquet, great beer. Here’s what we thought: nose Davey – nice, smells

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale with Steve

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale! A potentially new bottle from the Holiday 4-Pack. Why potentially? Well, because we’re having another classic Innis & Gunn “have I had this before?” moment. We had the Irish Whiskey Finish/Cask discrepancy, and the (Winter) Treacle Porter pair, and now we have this Bourbon Cask Dark Ale v

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

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

We haven’t done a BattleScotch in a long time, and this is the perfect set up. Since The Dalmore is so iterative, it will be interesting to see how their various finishes compare directly to each other. Here’s what we thought: nose Dan – 15y Simon – 15y Goran – 15y neat Dan – Gran

The Dalmore 18y with Dan & Goran

The last of the new stuff, the last of the Dalmore Vial Sampler. The Dalmore 18y. Briefly, since we’ve been here before, this appears to be of the same origin as the 12y and the 15y, with different finishes for different lengths.  Once again into super fancy sherry butts, which is not the name of

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

Dalmore number three, the 15y! This was actually one of the very first iScotch reviews, and one of the earliest whiskies in my whiskiography. Interesting to see that my opinion has evolved on this one – the intervening 5 years have changed either the whisky or my palate. It is weird for me to like this

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

Folks I am me some hella tired. this review will be suffering from a lack of sleep and the concomitant neurological impairment. i appear to bee overcompensating and undercapitalizing. Gran Reserva, also know as the second Vial of Dalmore, is a no-particular-language phrase probably meaning big reserve. Which… wouldn’t be that reserved, i guess, but