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.

Highland Park 12yo Single Cask for Arlanda Airport (Review)

Highland Park 12yo Single Cask for Arlanda Airport (Orkney Islands Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog)

When it was initially released in 2018, this single cask release by Highland Park was excludively available at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden. Over time, however, some bottles also ended up in other parts of the world. I bought mine at EDF Duty Free Paradise (more…)

Scallywag 10yo – Speyside Blended Malt Whisky (Review)

Scallywag 10yo Sherry Cask by Remarkable Malts (Douglas Laing Speyside Blended Malt Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Two years ago, Douglas Laing expanded the core range of The Remarkable Regional Malts. As a follow-up to the regular NAS expressions, the Glasgow-based whisky makers also released permanent 10-year-old versions of Big Peat, Rock Island, Timorous Beastie and Scallywag. (more…)

3 Joint Bottlings by DeinWhisky.de and Mancarella Whisky – 18yo, 26yo and 35yo (Review Flight)

Exclusive Joint Bottlings by DeinWhisky.de & Mancarella (Single Malt Blended Scotch Whisky Sherry Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

This is a first for me. Before I sat down with these samples from DeinWhisky.de, I had never heard of Mancarella Whisky, a small indie bottler based in the town of Herrenberg near Stuttgart. A quick Whiskybase research showed that they started their business in 2017. (more…)

“Balance” – Secret Islay 14yo by Old Particular “The Spiritualist Series” (Review)

Balance Islay 14yo by Old Particular - The Spiritualist Series (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Peated BarleyMania)

Keep it slow, keep it easy, keep it unagitated. In the fast-moving times we are living in, it is sometimes wiser to shift a gear down rather than up. Leisure and relaxation are invaluable goods to which we should all treat ourselves from time to time. Douglas Laing know this very well. (more…)

2x Single Malt Whisky from Whic: Glenrothes 22yo & Ledaig 12yo (Review Flight)

2x Independent Bottling from Whic.de - Glenrothes & Ledaig (Speyside Islands Sherry Malt Whisky Scotch Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

I am always happy to fetch new samples from Whic.de out of my mailbox. After all, their bottlings are usually of top quality and great appeal two attributes that also apply to their most recent whisky duo. It consists of a Glenrothes 22yo (proudly flying the “Amazing Whiskies” flag) (more…)

Kilchoman 100% Islay PX Sherry 4yo – for Heiner’s Duty Free Shop (Review)

The island of Helgoland is a popular holiday destination for German drammers. Since it is located in the open sea, the taxes on tobacco and alcohol are not as high there as they are on the mainland. Therefore, you can score all kinds of awesome bargains in Helgoland’s many liquor stores. (more…)

Benrinnes 22yo “36.172 – Orange oil and wine corks” by SMWS (Review)

Benrinnes 22yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Festival 2020 Tasting Notes)

This year, the sought-after festival bottlings from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society sported colorful animal illustrations. One of my faves: the chilled orang-utan that peacefully dozes on the label of this bourbon cask-matured Benrinnes 22 Years Old. (more…)

4x “Landscape of Taste” by Whic.de – Glengoyne, Tobermory & more (Review Flight)

4x Landscape of Taste Whisky by Whic.de (Single Malt Cask Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

The “Landscape of Taste” is an exciting territory to explore. While traveling it, you will pass hills of peat, gardens of fruit, fields of spice, forests of wood, clouds of smoke and a myriad of other oh-so-lovely domains. But how do I enter this mystical realm, you might ask. (more…)

Strathearn Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch 001 (Review)

Strathearn Batch 001 by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Highlands Scotch Whisky Sherry Blog Tasting Notes)

The minute Strathearn Distillery started out on their own in 2013 and got acquired by Douglas Laing in 2019. Shortly after, they launched their first official release, simply titled Batch 001. To be honest, I had overlooked it at first. But then I won a 20 per cent voucher (more…)