On this day in 2016, I published the very first article on this wee blog o’ mine. It is hard to believe that two full years have passed since then. But looking at the calendar, it does indeed seem as if BarleyMania is celebrating its second anniversary today. In the light of this event, I am happy to continue last year’s custom of running a Barleyversary competition on my blog and the associated Facebook fanpage. Participation is really easy and the prizes are helluva cool. True to the motto “Two years, two bottles”, I will be raffling a fantastic whisky duo sponsored by my friends in Douglas Laing and Alle Vögel Fliegen Hoch (the German PR agency for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society). Have fun, everybody… and good luck in the second BarleyMania Birthday Bash!
Event: BarleyMania Birthday Bash ’18
Objective: Have a virtual dram with me! Either share a photo of your whisky of choice in the comments of the respective Facebook post. Or, if you don’t have Facebook, comment on this blog post and let me know which pour you’d sip in celebration of my blog’s second anniversary.
Prizes: Timorous Beastie 18yo, Exotic Cargo Batch 2
Sponsors: Douglas Laing, Alle Vögel Fliegen Hoch / The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Event time: Friday, October 12 till Saturday, October 20. Entries posted later than October 20 at 11:59pm (CEST) can no longer be considered.
Open for…: Whisky fans from all over the world, who are of legal drinking age in their home country.
Selection of winners: Winners will be randomly selected and announced on BarleyMania’s Facebook fan page after the contest has ended, presumably on Sunday, October 21.
Terms and conditions: Click here for the terms and conditions of the BarleyMania Birthday Bash ’18.
Any more questions?: Post them in the comments and I gladly answer them!
Timorous Beastie 18yo
(sponsored by Douglas Laing)
Every year on Burns Night, I publish a special Timorous Beastie review in poem form. I started with the regular NAS bottling in 2017 and continued with the 21-year-old limited edition in 2018. While I have still not decided which version of Douglas Laing’s mighty mouse I will rhyme about in 2019, there is a chance it will be the fully bourbon-matured 18 Years Old. It’s a lovely Highlands malt of delicate character and complex make. As its name suggests, the whisky appears to be a little shy at first. But when you give that cute lil’ rodent time to warm up, you will have found in him a friend for life! Like I did in the wonderful folks at Douglas Laing, who kindly sponsored this bottle.
Exotic Cargo is the first blended malt that The SMWS released in its illustrious 35-year history. Batch 2, which is up for grabs in this year’s Barleyversary raffle, is 11 years old, 50 per cent strong and fully matured in 1st fill ex-sherry hogsheads. The official tasting notes speak of “a sumptuous nose”, “a dense and chocolatey arrival on the palate” and “a beautiful and curiously old-school aspect to the sherry”. All in all, no more than 925 bottles of Exotic Cargo Batch 2 were brought into circulation. And thanks to the cool cats of Alle Vögel Fliegen Hoch, one lucky BarleyMania reader will soon be able to welcome one such gem in their whisky cabinet.