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.

Cley 4 Years Old with Oloroso Finish by The Barrel Baron (Review)

Cley Distillery 4yo Oloroso Cask Finish by The Barrel Baron (Single Malt Dutch Whisky Blog TastingNotes BarleyMania)

The first-ever independent bottling from tiny Dutch craft distillery Cley is absolutely brilliant. The company responsible for it, The Barrel Baron, picked a top-notch cask and presented it in a very classy way! (more…)

2x Scotch Whisky from The Uncharted Whisky Co. – Loch Lomond 14yo & Secret Islay 30yo (Review)

The Uncharted Whisky Co. - Secret Islay 30yo & Loch Lomond 14yo (Independent Single Malt Cask Bottling Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Not too long ago, I had my first touchpoint with the new Scottish indie bottler The Uncharted Whisky Co., when I reviewed their GlenAllachie 13 Years Old here on my blog. Now the company’s German importer DeinWhisky.de has send me two more samples to check out: (more…)

Fary Lochan 7yo Oloroso by The Liquid Madness (Review)

Fary Lochan 7yo Oloroso by The Liquid Madness (Danish Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

The driving forces behind the new indie bottler The Liquid Madness are two well-known whisky mavens from Germany, namely Tilo “The Caskhound” Schnabel and Sebastian “The Spirits Alchemist” Büssing. The two self-proclaimed “spirit adventurers” have joint forces (more…)

Glasgow Distillery 5yo Sherry Cask Finish by North Star (Review)

Glasgow Distillery 5yo Oloroso Sherry Finish by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Scotch Malt Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes Blog)

Earlier this year, Glaswegian indie bottler North Star celebrated its fifth anniversary. So, before I continue, here is a little insert: “Happy Birthday, Iain and team! Keep up the stellar work!” And now, on with the text … For my latest review here at BarleyMania, I have spent some quality time (more…)

2x Whisky by Whic: Secret Islay & Ardmore 10yo (Review Flight)

2x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic (Secret Islay Ardmore Peated Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

The recent launch of Batch 1 of the Whic Islay Single Malt Whisky constitutes a huge milestone in the evolution of the Northern-German whisky dealer and bottler: Whereas all of Whic’s previous releases were single casks, this one will be a permanent addition (more…)

The Macallan 12yo “24.148 – Effortlessly bold” by The SMWS (Review)

The Macallan 12yo by The SMWS "Effortlessly bold" (Single Malt Sherry Cask Speyside Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In recent months, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society released a couple of bottles with the identifier 24 on the label. All of ’em got sold out within minutes, if not seconds. The reason for this: In the bottle code system of The SMWS, the number 24 stands for The Macallan (more…)

Scharfenstein Edition No. 2 by The Nine Springs (Review)

Burg Scharfenstein Edition 2 by The Nine Springs (Single Malt German Whisky Oloroso PX Sherry Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Over the years, Burg Scharfenstein – a medieval castle in the federal state of Thuringia in Germany – had many owners. Since most of them did not really know what to do with the place, they did not give it the attention it needed and deserved. Luckily, this changed in recent years (more…)

Fary Lochan 7yo Distillery Edition with PX-Finish (Review)

Fary Lochan 7yo Distillery Edition PX-Finish (Danish Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When I met Fary Lochan’s CCO and Chairman Thomas Smidt-Kjærby in Hamburg last Saturday, he told me something that really lightened up my heart: After a lengthy corona break, the distillery has meanwhile opened its doors to visitors again. And the drammers in Denmark (more…)

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…)