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Juraj Dobrila Single Barrel Viski with Dan

Putting a new country on the board is always fun – Juraj Dobrila Single Barrel Malt Viski from Croatia! Thanks to Steph for checking a bag to bring this home. There’s not a lot online about this distillery or whisky – they have a Facebook page that suggests maybe it’s an offshoot from a winery.

Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky with Dan

When a lovely birthday present isn’t a lovely whisky – Thanks Steph! Caribou Crossing Single Barrel whisky – a birthday gift that has turned into a bit of a public service announcement. We’ve talked before about the Box Tax, well, this whisky makes you pay all the taxes. The Box Tax. The Swank Velvet Bag

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 –

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

Jack Daniels Party Time with Dan

Ah yes, the great Victoria Day long weekend, known as May 2-4 by people still drinking crap beer by the crate. “We here at iScotch only drink the best!” – a lie, best exemplified by what we did to ourselves for you, loyal reader. We put ourselves back through the Jack Daniel’s product stack to

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley with Dan & Ryan

The last from the big blue box, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Scottish Barley Single Malt Scotch, because why not take 20 syllables and 10 words to name your thing.  Isn’t there some notable quote about how being concise is… like, good? Port Charlotte isn’t just a figment of marketing magic, it’s an actual place.

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,

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

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

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

Glen Grant 5y Single Malt Scotch with Dan & Goran

Goran found this bottle on a recent trip to The Continent (not this one, a different one) – Glen Grant 5y Single Malt Scotch! Scotch whisky from Italy! Glen Grant is a long standing Speyside distillery with the standard modern tale of merger and resale.  Originally started by bootlegging brothers, it passed to a nephew

The Ileach Peated Islay Single Malt with Dan, Steve & Goran

Pretty rare these days that we review an actually Scotch whisky. Prices have been on the climb for a while as various shortages are made up or actually occur. Because of these shortfalls, distillers are having to get more creative. No Specific Age whiskies have always existed, usually on the lower shelves, coming in cheaper than

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select with Matt, Marie-Michèle & Julia

  Jack Daniel’s. You know it, you’ve had it. But you may not have had this. As the name suggests, this is bottled from a single barrel of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. Okay, so why is that interesting? Because coming from a single barrel limits gives us the best indication of what Jack Daniel’s whiskey

Round 2! The Glenlivet 12y with Steve

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everybody! Just posting a quick Round 2! review today because hey, it’s the holidays, guys. Here’s our previous review of The Glenlivet 12y. Next week we’ll start the year off with a couple of classic scotches as well as some Christmas gift reviews. Keep your stick on the ice; here’s

BattleScotch! Tomatin Spanish Sherry 12y v 15y v Oloroso 18y with Dan

BattleScotch! Tomatin Stillmen’s Choice Edition! Aw yeah aw yeah! It wouldn’t be a reasonably priced selection of delicious single malt scotches without us wringing one more post out of it. In the review of the 18y article, I went into some detail about why older scotch may not necessarily tasting “better”. If you’d like to read more

Amrut Single Malt with Davey

I have been travelling a lot lately. Michigan, Cambridge Bay, Vancouver, and this past week I added Jasper. In two days I head to Thunder Bay. Aside from seeing some amazing things, it’s also opened the door to many new whisky experiences which I’ve been writing about. Jasper in Alberta is an amazing place, simply

Blanton’s Single Barrel with Goran & Davey

Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This has been on the to-try list for a while now, so this was a great Christmas present. Great bottle. Good website. Excellent product placements on Bored To Death (a personal favourite), House Of Cards & Justified. A Sazerac brand related to the Buffalo Trace lineage, Blanton’s has

Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey with Dan & Goran

Welcome to 2015. This year will mark 3 years of iScotch, and there’s a good chance we’ll cross 300 posts and a million views this year too. And what better way to start another year of whiskey than with something good and weird? Koval is definitely unusual: from Illinois, organic, single Minnesotan barrel and made

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

Round 2: Penderyn Peated Single Malt with Ryan

Penderyn, Pride Of Wales. These guys kick ass. Since this is a Round 2, we’ve obviously had the Peated before, delivered in large format by my sister from her teaching trip to Wales. Last year’s trip produced the Penderyn Miniatures, featuring the Sherrywood and Madeira casked expressions as well. Since there are four other Penderyn

Bain’s Cape Mountain 5y Single Grain with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Found this newbie in the LCBO a few weeks ago. I think I’d be searching based on country, looking for new stuff.  And hey, found it! Bain’s Cape Mountain is from South Africa, and made from a single South African grain. I’m not sure if they’re referring to a specific local grain, or if it’s

Deanston Single Malt Scotch with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Bowick

Deanston. Haven’t heard or seen much of this brand since starting this blog, so I decided to grab it when it showed up at the LCBO. We do it so you don’t have to, and in this case you really shouldn’t. Deanston is owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, who also own Tobermory and Bunnahabhain, neither

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Welsh Whisky with Ryan

Alright! The last of the Penderyn sampler from the roving professor – the Madeira! Got my knuckles rapped a bit by the lads at our last tasting. They had checked out the Scotch Noob and were impressed by the amount of detail and information in the reviews. And then gave me shit for not doing

BattleScotch! Bushmills 10y Single Malt v Jura Origin 10y with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Alright alright alright! BattleScotch! Battle of the 10 year olds! It’s gonna be dirty fighting and name calling the whole way down. On the left, Bushmills 10y Single Malt, on the right, Jura Origin 10y. Both crowd pleasers, and while the results won’t tarnish anyone’s enjoyment of either, it might inform our purchases in the

BattleScotch! Bushmills White Label Blend v Bushmills 10y Single Malt with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Chris

Here we go again! BattlesScotch gonna leave you BattleScortched (patent pending) with all the hot Bushmills on Bushmills action up in here! Something different this time: introducing the Overall Impression category, basically a fourth vote either way for the complete experience of the whisky, as a few times the scores didn’t truly reflect the decisions

Bushmills 10y with Dan & Goran

Another box-checking entry we’d been looking forward to.  We’ve had the Bushmills 10y before but it didn’t survive long enough to be reviewed. Oh well, a timely return. This leaves very few of the Bushmills’ stable that we haven’t tried yet – Dan is talking about tracking down the 21y later this year. Good, but

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 –

BattleScotch! McClelland’s Speyside v McClelland’s Islay with Dan, Ryan & Bowick

Our 100th post, so it’s time to do something new. In BattleScotch! we pit two or more bottles related by either obvious elements or esoteric justifications against each other in a rigorous taste-off. Not really, this is just an attempt at a straight forward answer to “Which would you buy?”  We’ll provide the raw data

McClelland’s Speyside Single Malt Scotch with Steph

Here we have McClelland’s Speyside, brother from another region to their Islay bottling. McClelland’s range is pretty reasonably priced, so it’s not too much of a hardship to give it a go. It’s not amazing spirits, but they tend to be decent examples of the region they’re taken from, this one obviously meant to showcase

McClelland’s Islay Single Malt Whisky with Dan & Ryan

McClelland’s is not a distillery, so this is a little different from what we’ve been looking at so far.  They are a bottler, as near as I can tell, who get their contents from Morrison Bowmore’s various distilleries, split up into lines by geographic regions.  I guess the idea is to create a brand of

Penderyn Single Malt Peated Welsh Whisky with Dan

Our first Welsh whisky! Penderyn offers a number of different spirits, and their whisky line is pretty complete with some award winning wine-cask aged whiskies.  This particular bottle was a gift from my sister, a good guess on her part grabbing the Peated instead of one of the others – history shows I’m not a