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.

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…)

BenRiach 10yo “12.48 – Hoppy madness” by The SMWS (Review)

Benriach 10yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Craft Beer Cask Tasting Notes Blog)

I love whisky, I love craft beer. And I love it when the two intertwine. One bottling, in which this happens, is the 10-years-old BenRiach from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society called “Hoppy madness”. After an initial maturation in ex-bourbon barrels, this crisp Speysider (more…)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Review Flight)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Single Malt Spirit Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In their capacity as indie bottlers, Whic.de are known and respected for their high-quality whisky releases. Recently, they have strayed from that path a bit and for the first time launched another kind of spirit under their name: a Late Bottled Brandy from Thompson Bros. (more…)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Whisky (Review)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Import (Australian Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

This is a rather special bottling: After all, Starward from Australia is the first distillery outside of Scotland from which renowned indie bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd have released a whisky. That is all the more remarkable if you consider that Berry Bros & Rudd look back at a rich history, (more…)

Imperial 22yo Single Cask by Chapter 7 Whisky (Review)

Imperial 22yo by Chapter 7 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Ghost Distillery Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

From Scotland’s various ghost distilleries, Imperial in Speyside still ranks among the more accessible ones. Sure, new Imperial bottlings do not exactly pop up twice or thrice a week. And when they do, they do not sell for bargain prices. Yet, it is much easier and cheaper (more…)

3x Single Cask Scotch Whisky from DeinWhisky.de – Ben Nevis, Tomatin & Secret Speyside (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de (Ben Nevis Secret Speyside Tomatin Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

For his latest batch of exclusives, Sebastian of DeinWhisky.de has joined forces with two very renowned indie bottlers: Sansibar Whisky from Germany and Hart Brothers from Scotland. From these two companies, Sebastian sourced three really special drops: (more…)