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Barley Days Brewery Royal George Brown Ale

Just a quick little solo review for Easter: Prince Edward county’s own Barley Days Brewery. Someone gifted my folks a four-pack sample and I helped myself to this Royal George Brown Ale. Good drinking for a cooler spring evening. smell – perfect brown ale, sweet, coffee taste – good heft, chocolate presents, very smooth finish

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

Steel & Oak Flight with Devin & Baby Groot

The pride of New Westminster, Steel & Oak. And who better to enjoy it with than my brother in law Devin and my new nephew Baby Groot! We’ve had a couple Steel & Oaks so far and enjoyed them quite a bit. This is a great local brewery making great local beers. And their tasting

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

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

Suntory Toki with Dan, Steve & Goran

Suntory Whisky’s Toki! It’s been a while since we’ve had a Japanese whisky, so thanks to Steve for this wicked Christmas present. Japanese whisky follows the Scottish tradition, including how to blend – this has whiskies from three different Suntory distilleries from across the country, including grain and single malt. Oh, and Toki in Japanese

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

Jameson Black Barrel with Dan & Ryan

A slightly odd bottle this time. Some Jameson Black Barrel arrived in a covert container on the doorstep, a sample from somebody’s stash. Thanks, generous stranger! Jameson is an Irish whiskey we’re familiar with, having tried the White Label and Select Reserve in the past. The Black Barrel this time refers to the charring of the

66 Gilead Wild Oak with Dan & Ryan

66 Gilead Wild Oak, a new Ontario whisky from Prince Edward County. Yay for whisky from within 300 kilometres from home! Thanks to Brad for picking this up on a recent trip. The Wild Oak is a corn, rye and wheat bourbon-style whisky aged in charred oak, and it does taste like a rye bourbon.

Dominion City Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB with Dan, Vanni & Davey

Hadn’t seen Vanni in a while and he swung by for birthday drinks with this interesting bottle. Thanks Vanni! Merlot Barrel-Aged Earnscliffe ESB from Dominion City! So many things! We have steered around the wine barrel-aged stuff in the past, having experienced a few examples where the cask overpowered the contents. Getting it right should “just”

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

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

Dominion City Town & Country Blonde Ale with Devin

Just a quick review as I’m out in Gananoque this weekend! Town & Country Blonde Ale from Ottawa’s Dominion City Brewing Company. Good stuff going on here – organic grains, local milling, Ontario hops. While this beer didn’t really speak to us, we’re looking forward to trying more from this brewer. Here’s what we thought:

Innis & Gunn Fired Oak Scotch Ale with Davey & Steve

This summer’s limited edition from Innis & Gunn: the Fired Oak Scotch Ale, named for the charred American oak barrels used in aging. Scotch ale sits in that end of beer towards strong ales & barley wines, sometimes called a wee heavy. This new offering tasted close to the original, which was nice; we’ve had a

Corner Creek Kentucky Bourbon with Virginia, Dan, Goran & Steve

Corner Creek Kentucky Bourbon, the first bourbon bottler we’ve sampled. Same as with scotch, some companies distill, some buy and blend, and some buy and bottle. This is the latter. To be more correct, we’ve had bourbon bottled by people other than the distiller – that rash of 90% plus ryes from bourbon makers we

Tooth & Nail Discretion with Devin & Vanni

I moved into Hintonburg in Ottawa about a year ago, and this place is pretty great. Best part? Several breweries within walking distance. We’ve reviewed Beyond The Pale many times, but not Tooth & Nail right behind my place. This is Discretion, their “biere de table”, a European traditional thing where they give booze to

Boxing Rock Where There’s Smoke Pale Ale with Brad, Matt, Bengt & Ross

Boxing Rock out of Shelburne, Nova Scotia! My uncle brought this out on a recent visit and dad passed it my way as review stock. I brought it in to work for a little office morale, the first Thursty Thursday of many, hopefully. The bottle describes the legend of Boxing Rock as a place in Shelburne

Strange Fellows Reynard Oud Bruin Limited Release with Devin & Vanni

Express delivery from Vancouver via luggage mail – thanks Dev! Strange Fellows is a Vancouver local craft brewer trying some interesting things. This particular interesting thing is called Reynard and it’s whatever an Oud Bruin is. New type of beer! An Oud Bruin is fermented in two or three stages, including the initial top fermentation

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,

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey with Dan

Now here’s something we haven’t had in a while – a new Irish whiskey! Teeling has been showing up in my Twitter feed a lot lately, so it was a nice coincidence that Dan picked up a bottle. Here’s something weird. If you Google for “teeling”, the first hit (paid advertising) is their competition Jameson,

Innis & Gunn Vintage 2015 with Brad, Dan & Laura

Innis & Gunn Vintage! As found in Winnipeg. As much as I love Innis & Gunn, this one’s a bit of a reach. At *twenty* dollars each, you’d be excused for forgetting it’s just beer. You pay the Tube Tax. You pay the import beer tax. You pay the bottle conditioned tax, and the 100

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey with Dan

  Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. This is essentially an American Highland Malt – clean river water & mountain grown barley make it sound like it could come from a loch as easily as a ranch. Stranahan’s is Colorado’s first craft distiller, coming from a combination of volunteer firefighter, craft beer brewer and barn fire. Colorado in general

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

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

Round 2! Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish with Dan & Julia

A quick Round 2! today for the always excellent Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Finish. We first did this expression a little over a year ago, and it only appears to come out around St Paddy’s Day, hence the bare qualification for a “Round 2!” article. But it’s good stuff, and this year I can

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

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

Steel & Oak Dark Lager with Dan

  Aw yeah, another hand-smuggled interprovincial beer delivery from Devin in BC!  Always appreciated, the beer gift is. We’ve had a Steel & Oak before, their smoked Hefeweizen, which was delicious. Devin brought one of those as well, but that went to simple, unexamined enjoyment. This time out is their Dark Lager. Moderate IBU and

Lombard Old Masters G Blend with Matt & Steve

Lombard’s Old Masters G Blended Scotch Whisky. This one is a little odd. Lombard’s website, and the postal code, tell us the company hails from the Isle of Man, which is not part of Scotland. It’s its own sort of thing, part of Britain but not the United Kingdom sort of weird geo-political… well, pedantry,

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

Islay Mist Peated Reserve with Steve, Goran, Matt, Ryan, Dan & Julia

Peat party for particular palates! We’ve got our second Islay Mist, this time their Peated Reserve. Islay Mist has done well for us in the past as one of the few geographically specific blends out there, and even beat the Islay single malt from McClelland’s (here, Matt is shouting that McClelland’s is too expensive to

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish with Dan

A quick little review this week, folks, and one that is probably long overdue. Innis & Gunn Rum Finish: once, many years ago, I brushed this aside with an “I don’t like it”, largely because of its rum barrel aging and my distinct distaste for rum in general. I wasn’t being assumptive; I did try

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

Innis & Gunn Bourbon Dark Ale with Dan

Our last post before Christmas, here’s a solid gift tip: The Innis & Gunn Holiday Pack. You get a heavy duty steel bottle opener and four bottles of beer – Original, Toasted Oak IPA, Rum Finish (review out soon) and this guy, the Bourbon Dark Ale. Part of Innis & Gunn’s Limited Edition range, there’s

White Owl Whisky with Matt & Steve

White Owl Whisky. Clear like shine, but apparently legally allowed to be called whisky. What? Produced by Highwood Distillers, who also make Centennial, Century and Potters whiskies, White Owl is a blend. Rye and other grain whiskies, some up to 10 years old from what I can find online, are blended together. Regular, brown whiskies.

Bowmore Legend with Steve, Goran, Dan & Matt

Post 301 y’all! Haven’t done back to back articles in a while.  Since we’re starting on a new day, with a new theme, I figured we should do a proper single malt scotch to mark the occasion. Bowmore Legend. We’re known as big Bowmore fans – before the price went up, their 12y was *the best* budget-range

Tomatin Spanish Sherry 12y with Dan

Welcome to Tomatin Month at iScotch. What? you say. Is this some kind of sponsorship jam? Nope! Just found this sampler at the liquor store in the Calgary airport and Dan & I rattled off three reviews and a BattleScotch in an evening. So here we go! Up first we have the Tomatin Spanish Sherry

Boodles London Dry Gin with Steve

Gin: because every once in a while you have to give your liver a break from brown liquor and take your malaria medication. Boodles started as a brand in 1845 in London, and has been passed around various companies until its current owner, Proxima. You know them for Kraken Spiced Rum & Jose Cuervo, so you probably either

Talisker Storm with Steve, Julia, Goran, Matt, Ryan & Dan

The first of the birthday whisky, Talisker Storm! This is the first of the brand we’ve had in a while, but we’re long-time Talisker fans here. We’ve had the 10y, the 18y, the Distiller’s Edition and the 57°, so this is a welcome addition. It’s interesting to see how the whisky market has changed since

Innis & Gunn White Oak Wheat Beer with Dan, Goran & Steve

The last of the new Innis & Gunn (for now) is their White Oak Wheat Beer. This is.. well, it’s a wheat beer over white oak, but maybe you figured that out. It’s also a flavoured beer, as it’s been infused with bergamot and orange. If you’re not familiar with bergamot, it’s that flavour in