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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

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

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

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

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

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

Glenfiddich 15y Solera with Dan

Another Glenfiddich! Not very often we get a new one of these core brands. Usually because they’re not cheap OR very exciting, really. The problem with a long standing, consistent brand is they do their best to stay in their own lane. This Glenfiddich is the 15y Solera. The Solera refers to their “Solara Vat

Cardhu 12y with Steve, Goran, Julia, Dan & Matt

Welcome to 2016 and THE FUTURE! It’s a leap year and I hear there may even be a new iPhone this year. Marvelous time, this future. What better way to kick off the new year, our 6th calendar year of domain registration (even if maybe the first couple months there was nothing here), than with a

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! Aberlour 10y v McClelland’s Speyside with Matt

Speyside BattleScotch! The budget conscious McClelland’s Speyside, a line we love, up against the allegedly more prestigious aged Aberlour. Matt’s idea was to pit two known quantity Speysides against each other as a way to calibrate how budget the budget single malt really is. What are you not getting from it that you might get

Glenglassaugh Peated with Dan, Ryan, Goran & Matt

Glenglassaugh number 2, Peated. Can you guess what the next article will be? Not a lot to say this time out that we didn’t say in the last piece, so this will be short. This is another distilling/retail experiment by Glenglassaugh, this one using peat smoked malted barley, I assume. I can’t really tell you

Glenglassaugh Fledgling XB with Dan, Dave, Ryan & Matt

I know, I know. We’ve tried unaged whisky (aka new make) before, and it hasn’t gone well. Unaged whisky ends up being all of the angry yelling and none of the make up fun you get with casked spirits. This one was a pleasant surprise. Glenglassaugh is an established distillery (they have a 30y) that

Glenfiddich 18y Batch 3088 with Ryan, Matt & Goran

It’s been a while but we’ve come back to Glenfiddich, thanks to my good friend Matt. Last time, we looked at their web presence and were a little underwhelmed with the drink. This time is different. A little bit of history. Actually, a lot of history. The first distillation apparently occurred Christmas Day 1887, which

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

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

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

The Glenlivet 12y with Dan & Ryan

The Glenlivet.  Another fairly glaring absence from our testing roles, finally remedied! The Glenlivet is an elder, storied distillery.  I would tell you more about it but I can’t type their tag lines like “a tale of single-minded determination and irrepressible spirit” and still respect myself, so go check out their website.  They have videos