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.

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 – Warehouse 1 (Review)

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 at BarleyMania Whisky & Whiskey Blog

To celebrate friendship and togetherness within its global community, peaty giant Laphroaig releases a new Cairdeas bottling every year. The limited edition whiskies always go up for purchase on “Laphroaig Day”, i.e. the day of the annual Feis Ile festival (more…)

3x Single Cask Whisky by Whic: Edradour 10yo, Mortlach 14yo & Strathmill 15yo (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic.de (Edradour, Mortlach & Strathmill)

In regard to the provided benefit, this blog post rather serves an archiving purpose than a recommendatory one. That is because all of the three single cask releases reviewed here – Edradour 10 Years Old, Mortlach 14 Years Old, and Strathmill 15 Years Old – sold out within hours (more…)

Waterford Broomlands 1.2 Single Farm Origin (Review)

Header image of Waterford Broomlands Irish Single Malt Whisky 1.2

This whisky here – Broomlands 1.2 – is a brandnew addition to the acclaimed “Single Farm Origin” series by Ireland-based Waterford Distillery. As the name suggests, the barley from which the spirit is made was exclusively grown at one location: Broomlands Farm (more…)

Fading Hill German Single Malt Whisky (Review)

Header image of Fading Hill German Single Malt Whisky

Not too long ago, my friend Aaron, who runs the very recommendable Drams United blog, visited the first Festival of German Whisky at Burg Scharfenstein in Thuringia. One of his most talked-about discoveries was a dram I did not know about before, namely Fading Hill Whisky (more…)

FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch Two (Review)

Full shot of FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - Batch Two

Following up on my recent review of Batch One of FABLE Whisky’s delicate Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, I have now also written tasting notes for Batch Two. It constitutes a great addition to the range – especially due to the fact that it has a totally different character than Batch One. (more…)

High Coast 8yo “The Nordic Casks” by Berry Bros & Rudd (Review)

Header image of High Coast Vintag 2013 "The Nordic Casks" by Berry Bros & Rudd

Last year, tradition-rich British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd released a special set of whiskies drawn from single casks. Called “The Nordic Casks”, the exclusive selection included top-class bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), Kyrö (Finland), Myken (Norway) (more…)

Dailuaine 11yo “Chapter Three: Moon” by FABLEWhisky (Review)

Header image of Dailuaine 11yo by Fable Whisky from Scotland (BarleyMania)

For as long as I can remember, I have felt attracted to the dark, the grotesque, and the obscure. No matter in what form it appears e.g., a gothic novel, a fright flick, or a horror-themed heavy metal album I always find the supernatural highly intriguing. (more…)

Thy Whisky No. 15 – Fjordboen (Review)

Header image of Thy Distillery No. 15 Fjordboen from Denmark (BarleyMania)

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I have developed quite a fondness of Danish whisky in the last few years. Consequently, I am always eager to check out new whiskies from this country. My latest discovery of such nature is Thy Whisky, which is made at a family-owned (more…)