Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

Another Grouse, this time Naked – The Naked Grouse.  Why Naked? Why not, exclaims the website nakedgrouse.com, which doesn’t appear to be part of the Famous Grouse site. In fact this IS a blended grain Grouse from 2011, relaunched as not-a-Grouse with a Grouse name for “older millennials” with only malt whiskies making the blend. […]

Naked Grouse Blended Scotch with Holly, Trevor & Dan

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky. A rogue’s smile and an upgraded ticket got me into the Air Canada lounge in Winnipeg (mostly the ticket), where I found this relic of a grandfather’s attic. Hung upside down in an airport lounge for who knows how long, it’s also been breathing for about 10 […]

The Singleton 12y Dufftown Single Malt Scotch Whisky in an Air Canada Lounge

The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

It’s been an interesting spring, and May 2-4 weekend found yours truly ping-ponging around The Drive-Thru Province, traditional home of the Irving family, land of seafood, craft beer and more seafood, New Brunswick.  My local fixer Hillary, political ninja and tour guide to the stars, planned several days of family and friends, seeing sights like […]

The Lunar Rogue Pub with Hillary

Teaser Tuesday! Compass Box

EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE THING – THE WHISKY SAMPLER. This time 5! FIVE! F!VE! whiskies! 4 new reviews, a Round 2! and a BattleScotch! The whole kajimmy! Stay tuned for Asyla, Hedonism, Spice Box, Oak Cross and The Peat Monster! November (and early December) is Compass Box Month at iScotch!

Teaser Tuesday! Compass Box

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 Deveron 12y with Dan

Pre-Canada Day Round 2! The Liquormen’s Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky with Dan & Bowick

The LCBO is still open and you can still go pick up party fuel for Canada Day tomorrow. With that in mind and in the vein of a public service announcement: don’t buy Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Whisky. Don’t do it to yourself, and don’t serve it to your friends. Canada Day is about coming together […]

Pre-Canada Day Round 2! The Liquormen’s Ol Dirty Canadian Whisky with Dan & Bowick

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 […]

The Ardmore Legacy with Dan

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 […]

Cameron’s Brewing Where The Buffalo Roam Barley Wine with Steph

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 […]

Round 2! The Glenrothes Select Reserve with Dan & Ryan

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 […]

BattleScotch! The Dalmore with Goran & Dan

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 […]

The Dalmore 18y with Dan & Goran

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 […]

Round 2! The Dalmore 15y with Dan & Goran

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 […]

The Dalmore Gran Reserva with Dan & Goran

The Dalmore 12y with Dan & Goran

It has been a *long* time since our last Dalmore – fully four and a half years now. A Round 2 of the 15y is up next week, but this week it’s the first of the Dalmore Vial Sampler – The Dalmore 12y! The Dalmore claims history all the way back to 1263 –  a […]

The Dalmore 12y with Dan & Goran

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 […]

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

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 […]

Glenlivet Master Distiller’s Reserve On A Plane

BattleScotch Royale! The English Whisky Co with Dan, Goran, Steve, Matt & Brian

You knew it had to happen. We haven’t had a setup for a proper BattleScotch! Royale this good for a while now. Obviously we had to pit the contents of The English Whisky Co sampler… uh.. crate against each other, because we’re petty tyrants who rely on competition to relate to other people instead of […]

BattleScotch Royale! The English Whisky Co with Dan, Goran, Steve, Matt & Brian

The English Whisky Co Chapter Ten Sherry Finish with Dan, Goran, Steve, Julia, Brian & Matt

The last of the limey bastards, Chapter Ten from The English Whisky Co is their sherry cask bottling. They’ve used Olorosso casks, which we first heard of from an Innis & Gunn offering, but is spelled differently here. In fact, Google asks if you mean Oloroso, a Jerez fortified wine and regular source for whisky […]

The English Whisky Co Chapter Ten Sherry Finish with Dan, Goran, Steve, Julia, Brian & Matt

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. […]

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

The English Whisky Co Chapter Six with Julia

The first of the The English Whisky Co trio, the Chapter Six. So glad this thing survived the flight back from Edmonton, packed full of dirty laundry. I don’t think the bouquet suffered. The EWC kicked off in 2006, with their first release in 2009, but their website claims a 600 year tradition of farming […]

The English Whisky Co Chapter Six with Julia

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new cask aged beer, especially one not from Innis & Gunn. It’s also been a while since I did a solo review, but everyone was “busy” or “working” or “thinks I have a problem”. WELL NUTS TO THEM I AM DRIVEN BY ART AND ROCKET-POWERED. Trafalgar Ales […]

Trafalgar Mighty Oak Imperial Oaked Brown Ale

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Dan, Ryan & Goran

Whisky from far away lands, and our second from Japan! Nikka Whisky From The Barrel comes by way of a friend‘s mountain climbing travels. There’s a great story about this distillery – Masataka Taketsuru’s long journey from his family’s sake brewing in Takehara, Japan to university in Glasgow, Scotland, bringing home the origin of the […]

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel with Dan, Ryan & Goran