iScotch.ca

discerning drunks classy alcoholics

Tag: usa

Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon with Dan

Another Heaven Hill bourbon to add to the wall – Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. You know what’s cool? Crime. Crime is cool. Name things after crimes. This bourbon’s distinction is that it swaps rye for wheat in the mash – bourbon has to be 51% corn but the other 49% can be any other

Aviation Gin with Mum, Brenna & Steph

Aviation Gin, The American Gin Owned By A Canadian. So says the video spot starring & voiced by the professionally handsome recent gin brand purchaser, Ryan Reynolds: It works because really, all any of us want is to be purchased by a celebrity.  Especially a Canadian celebrity who would send us on very polite maple

Platte Valley 3y Straight Corn Whiskey with Dan, Bowick & Ryan

Another border hop, another duty free… uh, find? Doesn’t seem like the right word here. This is like something out of Dungeons & Dragons, a ceramic jug of curses & concentrated goblin farts. Platte Valley 100% Straight Corn Whiskey. Straight in this case meaning distilled not higher than 80 proof and casked for a minimum

Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon with Dan

A border-crossing friend snagged this.. um.. testament to budgetary discretion. Dr James Crow’s Old Crow Kentucky Bourbon is available at Duty Free shops and still manages to only be $8usd. Which is made further amazing when you find out that it’s the same mash as Jim Beam, just aged less. That’s a little shocking. Other

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

High River Canadian Whisky with Davey

What do you get when you bottle Canadian whisky in Kentucky? Mediocre whisky. To be fair, the back-and-forth shipping of High River is probably not this whisky’s major fault. That would be the smell. And the taste. Being road agitated probably doesn’t help tho. This is a Sazerac whisky, and that’s pretty much all I can

Ole Smoky Apple Pie Tennessee Moonshine with Virginia

Another Ole Smoky. Found this at Calgary airport, where longtime readers will know we find a lot of small tasters. This little guy was waiting at the counter and couldn’t be passed up. Of course, since presentation and taste have almost nothing to do with each other, this might look cute, but it tastes like someone got extremely

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

Jim Beam Bonded with Dan & Julia

This week’s bottle is Jim Beam Bonded, courtesy of Dan’s Laura. Thanks, Laura! Bonded is a whiskey term we’ve seen before. To jog your memories, the whiskey meets an external government standard – the product of one distillery in one distilling season, aged 4 years in a government facility, bottled at 100 proof. Why submit

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

Revel Stoke Roasted Pineapple with Dan & Laura

Another offering from Winnipeg – Revel Stoke Roasted Pineapple flavoured whisky. I think everyone knows how this is going to go so let’s not drag it out. We’ve had and not enjoyed Revel Stoke before, namely their Spiced Whisky and the parent company Phillips Union North American blend. This puts us 18% the way through

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

Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Julia

How do you like that, it’s Kentucky Derby Day & we’re reviewing Old Forester, the Official Bourbon Of The Kentucky Derby! Had no idea of either, this is a complete fluke. I used to ride horses, too, this is sort of embarrassing. A couple interesting facts about Old Forester: it’s the longest running bourbon available,

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

Evan Williams Extra Aged with Dan, Steve & Alex

Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Extra Aged. What is it with bourbons and using their full name? Must be an American thing. There’s another Evan Quentin Williams the fourth or whatever bottle at the LCBO right now, a White Label that is “bottled-in-bond”, which I have discovered is kind of a weird thing. Bottled in bond

Dead Crow Bourbon Beer with Matt, Dan, Brian & Al

Hat-tip to Colin for pointing me in the direction of Dead Crow Bourbon Beer. Not necessarily a ringing hat-tip, but a good lead nonetheless. Dead Crow Bourbon Beer is a… drink from a UK beverage company in Gloucester called SHS Drinks, whose motto is “a thirst for creating great brands”. Not “drinks”, “brands”. There’s no

Chinook Canadian Whisky with Dan

First off, apologies for the delay in the English Whisky Co reviews, but moving has prevented doing a tasting. In the meantime… Chinook Canadian Whisky: just don’t. It’s been a looong time since we’ve been that straightforward on a review, and that should tell you something. This is bad. “Like Proof bad.” – Dan. I

Fucking Fireball Goddamned Cinnamon Garbage Alleged Whisky with No One

I can’t believe I’m doing this. I haven’t tasted it yet. It’s sitting in a Glencairn glass between me and my keyboard. I am currently writing around it, through the fumes of cinnamon and solvent. You see, I thought I had another review prepared for today. It’s Friday, it’s iScotch day, I usually have something

Ty·Ku Soju with Davey & Alex

Ty·Ku Soju is an odd one. An Japanese-referencing take on a Korean beverage, made by two American bros. Seriously, they got into this so they could get drunk and “maintain their bodies”, ffs. Soju itself is an older, weaker whiskey. It uses barley, wheat, rice, sweet potatoes, tapioca, whatever you have in the barn that’s

Traverse City Whiskey Company 4y Straight Bourbon with Dan & Julia

The second review from my business trip to Michigan! I was going to be pretty disappointed if I didn’t find something local in MI, USA. It’s a working state, and working people need good booze to keep them from thinking about how much work they still have to do. And let me tell you, Traverse

Cooper’s Cask Coffee with Dan & Julia

This is pretty awesome. John at Cooper’s contacted me to see if we’d be interested in giving whisky cask aged coffee a taste. It’s one of those happy coincidences that Dan is a coffeehouse manager and a competitive barista to boot. So we said hell yes. The parcel arrived from Rhode Island with that bag

Labatt Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale with Brad

I spent a few days down in (relatively) sunny Michigan for a Michigan Municipal League tradeshow, and stumbled across another Canadian. Well, not… not Canadian beer, like Molson Canadian Beer, but a lower-case-upper-case-C Canadian beer…ugh. Let’s try this again – I was down in the States with my buddy Brad for work and we found

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey with Davey & Alex

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey.  Why is it a Gentleman and what makes it rare? Let’s investigate! The main selling difference between Gentleman Jack and his dirt common cousin regular Jack Daniel’s is a second charcoal filtering. If you believe the marketing, this smooths it significantly, and is noteworthy because Gentleman Jack is the only

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

George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky with Dan & Davey

Another Dickel! Everyone needs a good Dickel every once in a while, right? I’m right. We introduced this brand with their Rye, and we talked about sour mash whiskey before with Jack Daniels. However, despite those two strikes, George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Sour Mash Whisky turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise. So

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

iScotch Bourbon Slurry with Dan, Goran & Ryan

And now for something different, again. Yeah, it’s different in almost exactly the same way as last time, but slightly different from that. This time, we’ve created a concoction of… um… well, I can’t honestly remember if this is just bourbons, or all American whiskies. But yeah, Project Pour Stuff Together Over The Course Of

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey with Dan, Goran & Davey

Today is Hallowe’en! The perfect day to review this horror-show, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. This… drink… is kind of a nightmare, front to back. The taste is overpowering (but more on that later) and the marketing is over the top. There’s a promo video of a swarm of male King Bees hunting a bottle down

George Dickel 95% Rye Whisky with Ryan, Davey & Alex

Alright, the first of a new brand. George Dickel Rye! Let’s give it a go. This is a Tennessee whisky… or is it? On the page above, they are very careful to talk up the quality of the rye without actually saying they make it themselves. Which, if you remember, was the same as Bulleit

Knob Creek Straight Rye with Dan & Ryan

Return to Knob Country! Wow, that sounds like the name of a porn. Back to back Knobs here at-nope. Um… We’re busy Knobbing away-no. In the middle of a good Knobfest-not okay. SOMETHING SOMETHING THE 3RD KNOB CREEK. It’s awry. Well no, the start of this post is awry, this Knob Creek is a rye.

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

Bulleit Rye Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Davey

Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Because when you make okay bourbon, why not try okaying at other things too? While it doesn’t mention in what type of wood this whiskey was aged for or how long (presumably 3 years), the website does detail the mash pretty clearly: 95% rye 5% malted barley. We like that kind of

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select with Dan, Goran & Ryan

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select. That’s a pretty huge mouthful of a name,  let’s take a look: Why 1792? That’s the year Kentucky became a state.  Since the distillery was established in 1879, the why is marketing. In fact, the why on the whole damn name is marketing wrung through the legal system, exclusively. Why

BattleScotch! Jim Beam 6y Black v Fighting Cock 6y with Dan

BattleScotch! The Exactly-6-Year-Old-Kentucky-Straight-Bourbons-Within-Five-Dollars-Of-Each-Other Edition! From competing distillers, Jim Beam 6y Black is a member of, duh, Team Jim Beam, while Fighting Cock 6y whips it out at Heaven Hill Distillers. We’ve covered their backstory before, this competition was truly inevitable! They are as matched as they can be, with a slight geographic disadvantage for Fighting

Fighting Cock 6y with Dan, Goran, Ryan & Davey

Fighting Cock 6y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Really, how could we not. This amazingly-named bourbon comes to us from Heaven Hill Distillery by way of the SAQ in Sherbrooke.  We’ve previously tried the Elijah Craig 12y from Heaven Hill, a review that suffered from the lack of much information online. Heaven Hill’s brand-specific web presence

Red Stag Kentucky Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Goran

We’re riding the line between Weirdosland and Flavoured Country right now, and this week we wander into Black Cherry gulch. Gulch being apt as it’s the grossest sounding place name I can think of without Googling. Red Stag is a line from Jim Beam which also offers such other palate-bangers as “Hardcore Cider” (I love

Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky with Dan, Goran & Ryan

Here we have the first of our flavoured whiskies, Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky. We’re broadening our horizons and widening our palates by letting strangers put chemicals in our drinks. Revel Stoke comes from Phillips Distilling, makers of the Phillips Unions Canadian Whisky/Kentucky Straight Bourbon (but called a Whiskey) melding (meddling? meddling), and this appears to

Updated! Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey with Dan, Ryan & Goran

As you know if you’ve read any of our previous 200-some-odd posts, here at iScotch we are novelty junkies. We love new, weird ways of making whiskey. We’re going to be showcasing some new stuff here over the next few months, including some flavoured whiskies, some foreign whiskies and just some weirdo whiskies. It’s the

Oola Distillery Waitsburg Bourbon with Devin, Jono, Ryan, Dan & Goran

Christmas Washington Bourbon! Thanks Devin & Brenna! Oola Distillery hails from the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, what reads like a fairly gentrified area of the downtown, central to the culture of the city. The name Oola appears to be a village in Ireland, a link that might be alluded to by the spelling

Widow Jane 7y Straight Bourbon with Goran, Ryan, Sarah, Dan & Matt

The first of the Christmas present whiskies, thanks Ross! Widow Jane is a Brooklyn, New York distiller, and the name comes from the mine where they draw their water. At least I think they do, they only mention this fact once in the pages and pages of marketing stuff at widowjane.com, widowjanespirits.com and widowjanewhiskey.com. Except

BattleScotch! Jim Beam Devil’s Cut v Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select with Ryan, Dan, Goran & Laura

BattleScotch! The Budget Bourbon Edition. We have no one’s favourite Jim Beam Devil’s Cut battling fellow delinquent Labrot & Graham Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select. It’s like listening to your neighbors fight: you don’t don’t care who wins, you just want it to be over so you can go to sleep because if you don’t get

Baker’s 7y Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with Dan & Ryan

Number three of the Beam Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Baker’s 7y doesn’t disappoint.  We’ve been pretty solidly pro for the Basil Hayden and Knob Creek, and this bottle pulls its weight on the team. smell Dan – pleasant pickle, warm corn, musky, creme brule Simon – sugar maple, sweet, warm, char Ryan – bourbon, corn,

Phillips Union Whiskey Kentucky Straight Bourbon/Canadian Whisky with Dan

This is the last refugee of my quick trip to Saint John, New Brunswick, and the second of what we’re calling Transnational Blends. If Three Ships was a curious rendezvous with a southern-hemisphere enchantress that makes you want to visit her foreign lands (nudgenudgewinkwink), then Phillips Union Whiskey’s cross-border mix of Kentucky Straight Bourbon and

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Sour Mash with Dan & Ryan

Not much to say about Jack Daniel’s that you haven’t already thrown up in an alley, praying for death.  They make Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey, which legally is just bourbon from Tennessee.  It does taste different from worse than any bourbon I’ve tried, so there’s that.  However, this is the bottom line of the range,

Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1 with Ryan & Dan

Just a head’s up. After this review, we’re taking a break from un-aged whisk(e)y for a while. A long while. It tends to be the palate equivalent of seeing the sausage being made and I’m kind of tired of paying for that. Griping done. You’ve seen the previous article on Buffalo Trace bourbon.  This is

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky with Trevor & Steph (part 2 of An Evening Beyond The Pale)

If you’re going to taste a couple of beers, and then taste those same beers after they’ve been aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels, it makes a little sense to, y’know… maybe see what the interim step tastes like too, because hey – life is short and then the space monsters get you. Here’s something

Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey with Dan

Another bourbon! Bulleit is a Diageo brand, allegedly based on a 150 year old recipe that includes rye and barley malt in the make.  It is not a particularly complicated drink, which leads me to believe it hasn’t been aged for any noteworthy length of time (also, the lack of age expression on the bottle