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.

Glen Spey 8yo “80.17 – Dazzling and scintillating” by The SMWS (Review)

Glen Spey 8yo "80.17 - Dazzling and scintillating" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Speyside SMWS Single Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

At the end of each year, it becomes time for me to renew my membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Here, I always pay a little extra to get a mystery bottle along with the prolonged club affiliation. I find it really exciting to wait for the package, open it and take out a surprise (more…)

Caol Ila 10yo Single Cask from Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice (Review)

Caol Ila 10yo by Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Malt Scotch Islay Whisky Peated Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

Recently, my favorite local dealer Weinquelle Lühmann launched its first indie bottling under the new label Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice. For this special occasion, they picked a classic dram from Caol Ila Distillery. It is 10 years old, matured in a hogshead and bottled at cask strength (more…)

Ovenbird Coffee aged for 18 Weeks in Whisky Barrels from Auchentoshan (Review)

I became a fan of Glasgow-based coffee roastery Ovenbird about a year ago. When I found out that they had beans matured in Laphroaig barrels on offer, I had to order these! I enjoyed them so much that I kept placing regular orders in Ovenbird’s online shop (more…)

Caol Ila 11yo w/ Rum Finish by A Dream Of Scotland (Review)

Caol Ila 11yo Single Cask with Rum Finish by A Dream Of Scotland (Islay Malt Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Count Dracula is a man of surprise. When it comes to is boozing habits, most people will probably take him for the red wine-sipping type. But apparently he also has a soft spot for whisky and rum. Luckily for him (and us), this year’s “Happy Halloween” edition (more…)

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…)