Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon & Blue Jays Baseball Bonanza

Baseball and Bottled-in-bond Bourbons… doesn’t get much more American than that! Except I’m in Canada, and I’m watching the Blue Jays. I’ve had these two bottles for a while, and the Henry McKenna came in a swap with /u/lecheconcarnie nearly two years ago. Realized I could do a three-way BiB multi-review, so let’s see how they fare! (both the bourbons and the Blue Jays… I’ll give updates … Continue reading Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon & Blue Jays Baseball Bonanza

Highwood Distillers Ninety 5 & Ninety 20

I’d like to thank Highwood Distillers for sending these bottles to the Toronto Whisky Society. For some people, Highwood Distillers will sound familiar, as I’ve reviewed some of their whiskies before. And if you’ve noticed, I haven’t been singing their praises. However I don’t think that’s their point. Canadian whisky became popular because people, at one point, wanted lighter, smoother flavours. And the distillers that followed those paths… Continue reading Highwood Distillers Ninety 5 & Ninety 20

Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt & Shelter Point Cask Strength

I’d like to thank Shelter Point for sending these bottles to the Toronto Whisky Society. Shelter Point Distiller is located on Vancouver Island. They pride themselves on being an artisanal distillery, and push for the idea of quality over quantity. They source locally, being one of only a handful of distilleries that grow their own barley and distill on the same site. The only thing that isn’t sourced… Continue reading Shelter Point Artisanal Single Malt & Shelter Point Cask Strength

Sivó L’essence du rye & L’essence du Single Malt

I’d like to thank Maison Sivó for sending these bottles to the Toronto Whisky Society. Merci Beacoup. Originally the Sivó family started in Hungary making fruit brandies. They were well received by many people in Hungary. Jump ahead to today, and we’re in Quebec, which is like Hungary except French is a lot easier to learn and the country is younger. Oh, and all those other things that… Continue reading Sivó L’essence du rye & L’essence du Single Malt

Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie Scottish Barley & Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated

Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie Scottish Barley So Bruichladdich has brought out a metric shit ton (which is greater than your normal American tonne) of different whiskies. That’s not the total weight of all the whisky either: That’s the total weight of just the names. And recently we heard about Bruichladdich ending the much beloved Bruichladdich Laddie 10, and replacing it with Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie… Continue reading Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie Scottish Barley & Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scottish Barley Heavily Peated

Benrinnes Mega-Review [11 Signatory 1997, 14 Hart Brothers, 14 Lady of the Glen, 14 1998 A.D. Rattray, 15 Flora & Fauna, 15 Darkness! Oloroso, 15 Darkness! PX, 17 Signatory 1997, 17 S.M.W.S. 36.82, 18 The Ultimate 1995]

Today I’m reviewing 10 different offerings from multiple sources of Benrinnes. Some of you may ask “Why? Why would you let the cat out of the bag?” Well, first up, Benrinnes is an interesting Speyside distillery. They triple distill, they have been mothballed twice, and they were known for being used in blends. Also they are owned by Diageo, yet haven’t been universally panned by… Continue reading Benrinnes Mega-Review [11 Signatory 1997, 14 Hart Brothers, 14 Lady of the Glen, 14 1998 A.D. Rattray, 15 Flora & Fauna, 15 Darkness! Oloroso, 15 Darkness! PX, 17 Signatory 1997, 17 S.M.W.S. 36.82, 18 The Ultimate 1995]

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Quadruple Review [Single Barrel, Small Batch, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye]

To start off, I’d like to thank /u/Devoz , /u/normallyimonimgur , and /u/kilrathi for the swaps. If you read the bottom of any of the bottles of Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr that I’m reviewing today, you’ll find out his illustrious history. And I don’t think I could do it justice with self-deprecating jokes and wisecracks, nor with odd writing about dragons and/or dungeons. What I will say is… Continue reading Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Quadruple Review [Single Barrel, Small Batch, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye]

Awe-Inspiring BenRiach Sextet Review [10 Curiositas, 12, 15 Dark Rum Finish, 16, 20, Authenticus Peated 21]

Before I get started, let’s just get this out of the way[1]   There, now that that’s out of our systems, we read the TIPS I wrote about the spirits I SNIFFED and put in my mouth. Wink. Anyway, BenRiach is the big ONE today (Wink), and each of the reviews were done on a separate SESSION (Wink). I’ve read some interesting things about BenRiach,… Continue reading Awe-Inspiring BenRiach Sextet Review [10 Curiositas, 12, 15 Dark Rum Finish, 16, 20, Authenticus Peated 21]

Sullivan’s Cove Port Duo (French Oak Cask, Port Maturation Cask Strength)

Continuing on my multi review kick… wait, is it a kick if this is the second? When does something go from “that thing I did once or twice” to a “kick”? So… continuing on what some might eventually call a “kick” or “just a phase” or “stop touching that in public”, here’s my second multireview, of which I have a special converging of themes for.… Continue reading Sullivan’s Cove Port Duo (French Oak Cask, Port Maturation Cask Strength)

Mystery Exchange Reviews [Glenlivet 18, Johnnie Walker Green Label, Glenmorangie 18, Balvenie 17 Peated Cask, Glenfarclas 21]

So as most people know by now, I kinda went on a bender on my vacation to the UK. 50 whisky samples in 15 days was both awesome and completely stupid, as I’m on medication where I’m not really supposed to have more than 4 oz. of hard liquor per week. None the less, I came back, cut back, and was doing well (other than… Continue reading Mystery Exchange Reviews [Glenlivet 18, Johnnie Walker Green Label, Glenmorangie 18, Balvenie 17 Peated Cask, Glenfarclas 21]