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.

Glasgow 1770 Whisky – Exclusive Single Cask Bottling for Kirsch Import (Review)

Glasgow 1770 Whisky for Kirsch Import (Single Malt Sherry Cask Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

Many people envison a classic Scotch distillery to be located in a picturesque valley at the foot of a towering mountain in the Highlands. And yes, when you travel Scotland you will indeed find several such units here and there. But you will also find many others (more…)

2x Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Young Distillery: Nc’Nean Organic & Dalmunach 3yo (Review Flight)

2x Single Malt Scotch Whisky from a Young Distillery (Nc'Nean NcNean Organic Dalmunach Highlands Speyside Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

Currently, whisky distilling is experiencing a golden dawn. In the last couple of years, many young production sites with fresh minds have opened up their gates and heated their stills. Many of them are now releasing their first whiskies. In the following, I will introduce two drams (more…)

2x “Amazing Whiskies” from Whic: Glenlivet 12yo & Inchgower 21yo (Review Flight)

Amazing Whiskies by Whic - Inchgower 21yo & Glenlivet 12yo (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Sherry Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

The adventure continues … Part two and three of Whic’s colorful Amazing Whiskies series take us to a fabled region called Speyside. There, we first get to explore an outlying place called Inchgower Distillery. It might not be the most well-known and well-frequented spot in the area (more…)

A Drop Of The Irish 10yo Peated by Blackadder (Review)

A Drop Of The Irish 10yo Peated by Blackadder (Single Malt Whiskey Ireland Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Whiskey is best enjoyed in good company. So I immediately agreed when my friend Aaron, who runs the Drams United blog, asked me if I wanted to try this 10-year-old Irish whiskey from Blackadder with him. Sniffing, sipping and dissecting the spirit together was good fun. (more…)

Kilchoman 100% Islay – The 10th Edition (Review)

Kilchoman 100% Islay - The 10th Edition (Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky Farm Distillery Blog Tasting Notes)

As the name suggests, 100% Islay by Kilchoman is a bonafide Islay malt. All of its ingredients come from the fabled whisky island off the western shore of Scotland. And all stages of the production were carried out right there on Islay, too. “From barley to bottle” (more…)

2x Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de – Arran & The GlenAllachie (Review Flight)

2x Single Cask Exclusive by DeinWhisky.d (Arran The GlenAllachie Malt Scotch Whisky BarleyMania)

Recently, I was lucky to taste the latest two exclusives from German online shop DeinWhisky.de. Both are Scotch whiskies. Both are single casks. Both are ten years old. Both were distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2020. Both spent their full maturation time amidst sherry-treated wood. (more…)

Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey (Review)

Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey (Berlin Spreewood Distillers Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

A couple of weeks ago, I got to visit Stork Club Distillery near Berlin. At the end of the private tour, co-founder Steffen gave me a bottle of their signature product – Stork Club Straight Rye. In its current form, the Straight Rye is still being made from stock that Steffen and his partners (more…)

Starward Two Fold Double Grain Australian Whisky (Review)

Starward Two-Fold Double Grain Australian Whisky (Wheat Malt Blend Red Wine Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

“Born and bred in Melbourne” – Aussie distillers Starward are proud of where they come from. And thus they have made their home turf an integral part of their spirit’s DNA: They purchase all ingredients from local sources. They preferably fill their new make into Australian red wine (more…)