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.

3x Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton’s and North Star (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton's & North Star Spirits (Sherry Cask Hogshead Blog Review Notes BarleyMania)

Recently, Whic.de sent me a sample of part two of their Tarot series. The whisky in question is a 13-year-old Deanston called “The High Priestess”. Like its predecessor, it originates from the stock of indie bottling giant Signatory Vintage (more…)

Glasgow 1770 Whisky “Peated – Release No.1” (Review)

Glasgow 1770 Whisky Peated Release No. 1 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

One thing I love about whisky is the fact that it is so much more than just a rich, versatile and well-tasting drink. It is also a carrier of lore, a bringer of joy, a patron of togetherness and an ignitor of the imagination. Often, it only takes one sniff and one sip to unlock the most amazing thoughts (more…)

Octomore Masterclass 08.2 by Bruichladdich (Review)

Octomore Masterclass 08.2 by Bruichladdich (Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

On New Year’s Eve I am all for smoke albeit in the glass and not in the air! One whisky brand that you can always count on in this regard is Octomore by Bruichladdich. Whenever a malt gets released under the Octomore banner, you can be sure that it is packed to the brim (more…)

Benromach 12yo from a 1st Fill Sherry Cask – German Selection by Schlumberger (Review)

Benromach 12yo Sherry Cask for Germany (Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

In mid-2020, Benromach unveiled its new corporate identity and bottle design. Much to the surprise of the global dramming community, the distillery completely abandoned its previous artisan look and feel. Instead, they re-branded themselves with a bold, oldschool appearance. (more…)

Secret Speyside 12yo by Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice (Review)

Secret Speyside 12yo by Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Malt Scotch PX Sherry Hogshead Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

Right in time for Christmas, the good people of Weinquelle Lühmann launched their second indie bottling. Like the Caol Ila 10yo they put out in November, this one also appears under the new-found label Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice. Whereas the first release was aimed at the peatheads (more…)

3x Peated Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – MacNair’s Lum Reek NAS, 12yo & 21yo (Review Flight)

3x McNair's Lum Reek Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (The GlenAllachie Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Named after a legendary Glasgow-based whisky maker from the 19th century, MacNair’s Lum Reek is a line of peated blended malts in the portfolio of The GlenAllachie Distillery. It encompasses three expressions: NAS, 12 Years Old and 21 Years Old. (more…)

3x Scotch from DeinWhisky.de – Cameronbridge, Bunnahabhain & Tamdhu (Review Flight)

3x Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de (Single Malt Grain Douglas Laing Cameronbridge Bunnahabhain Islay Tamdhu Tasting Notes Blog)

New exclusives from DeinWhisky.de always get me excited. For these special bottlings, the shop’s owner Sebastian always teams up with renowned distilleries or bottlers. Most recently, he has done so with Glasgow-based whisky company Douglas Laing and (more…)

Benromach 45 Years Old (Review)

Benromach 45yo (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Earlier this year, one of my favorite Scotch distilleries, Benromach, completely overhauled their corporate identity and bottle design. At first, it took me a bit to adjust to the new look and feel. But now I am happy to say: I love it! It tells a story. It sticks out. (more…)

The GlenAllachie Vintage 2008 Cuvee Cask Finish (Review)

The GlenAllachie 2008 Cuvee (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Kirsch Import Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

The Vintage 2008 Cuvee Cask Finish is a new limited edition release from The GlenAllachie. It is exclusively available in Germany, where it is being distributed by Kirsch Import. Its story in a nutshell: Billy Walker, the mastermind behind the reinvigorated GlenAllachie Distillery, (more…)