Reviews

Single malt or blend. Scotch or bourbon. Off-the-shelf or hard-to-find. In this category I introduce whatever whisk(e)y falls into my hands… plus the occasional craft beer or other spirit.

Single Malt – Batch 1 by Isle of Raasay Distillery (Review)

Isle of Raasay Distillery Hebridean Single Malt Scotch Whisky Batch 1 (BarleyMania Blog Tasting Notes)

The Isle of Raasay is located in the northwest of Scotland, adjacent to the Isle of Skye. It is also from there that the only ferry to Raasay departs; it starts in Sconser and lands in Inverarish about half and hour later. Whereas the island has a long history of illicit distilling, (more…)

3x Scotch Whisky from The GlenAllachie’s Wine Cask Series (Review Flight)

The GlenAllachie Wine Cask Series (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Oak Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

With Billy Walker at the helm, The GlenAllachie has undergone a terrific transformation! Whereas the Speyside unit was mostly a supplier for blends in the past, it has now made a name for itself as a #1 source for single malts, single casks and even premium blends (more…)

Lervig Paragon 2019 Vintage – Barrel Aged Barley Wine Ale (Review)

Lervig Paragon 2019 Vintage (Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine Craft Beer Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Norwegian craft brewers Lervig are total champions of barrel aging – and their Paragon barley wine ales are often praised as the pinnacles of their work! The 2019 Vintage is the latest expression in the much-lauded series. To create this very rich, strong, sweet and creamy beer, Lervig (more…)

Waterford Tinnashrule 1.1 Single Farm Origin (Review)

Waterford Tinnashrule 1.1 (Single Malt Terroir Irish Whisky Whiskey Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When speaking about Waterford Distillery on the Southeast shore of Ireland, one inevitably has to speak about terroir, too. The team around founder and visionary Mark Reynier (formerly of Bruichladdich) strongly believes in the impact of soil conditions, microclimate (more…)

Carlos I Brandy 130 Aniversario (Review)

Carlos I 130 Aniversario (Brandy de Jerez Sherry Cask Premium Luxury Tasting Notes BarleyMania Grupo Osborne)

In mid-March, I took part in a fantastic Carlos I online tasting run by my good friend Michael Lutz. I enjoyed the event so much that I decided to buy a new bottle of Carlos I afterwards. At first I aimed for the PX or the Amontillado. But then I thought to myself: Why not up the ante (more…)

Glen Moray 10 Years Old by Claxton’s (Review)

Glen Moray 10yo by Claxton's (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Often when I utter the term “fruit bomb”, I use it to describe a slightly older dram that has spent – let’s say – 16 or more years in the cask. That is because it usually takes a certain amount of time before those full-on fruit notes reached the climax of their development. (more…)

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Review)

Heaven's Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Bob Dylan Dram Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Usually, I am not too intrigued by celebrity-owned or -endorsed brands. For example, I always liked Becks as a player. But I have not yet bought a bottle of that grain whisky, whose – admittedly good looking – face he is. With Heaven’s Door Whiskey it is slightly different. (more…)

3x Special Whisky Releases by Tobermory & Ledaig: Port, Oloroso & PX (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Islands Whisky by Ledaig & Tobermory (Port Oloroso PX Cask Finish Tasting Notes Blog)

Following your favorite whisky brands and folks on social media is a good idea. First and foremost, it helps you to stay up to date about new releases, interesting developments and special offers. Plus, it might even get you something extra from time to time. (more…)

Benromach 11yo “Germany Exclusive” by Schlumberger (Review)

Benromach 11yo Vintage 2009 ex-Bourbon casks for Schlumberger (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

There is a lot I love about Schlumberger, the German importer of such fantastic brands as Benromach, Kavalan or Penderyn. One particular thing I like: Besides making sure that us Germans have good access to the core releases from the above-mentioned distilleries (more…)

2x German Whisky from Habbel & The Quaich: Hillock 5 1/2 Chief & New Gate 10yo SC (Review Flight)

Starward Left-Field Virtual Launch Tasting by Kirsch Import (Single Malt Australian Whisky Red Wine Cask Blog BarleyMania)

Whisky made in Germany that’s far more than an insider’s tip these days! All over my home country, go-getting distillers put their malt, grain and rye spirit into casks and develop it to become whisky or whiskey (unlike Scotland or Ireland, there is no unified spelling here in Germany; (more…)