Whisk(e)y

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…

Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey 7yo by Svenska Eldvatten (Review)

Tennessee Bourbon 7yo by Svenska Eldvatten (Independent Cask Strength American Whiskey Tasting Notes)

The booth of Svenska Eldvatten – the biggest indie bottler in the Nordics – was one of my favorite target places at last years’s Bottle Market. Repeatedly, I returned there to sip a dram and have a chat with the company’s owners Peter and Tommy. (more…)

4 Whisky Stars from the Millennial Range by North Star (Review Flight)

The Millenial Range by North Star Whisky (Highlands Speyside Islands Islay Single Malt Scotch Bottlings BarleyMania)

With The Millennial Range, accomplished indie bottler North Star Spirits added a new series of single cask bottlings to its portfolio. Unlike the company’s other products, these whiskies are released with a unified ABV of 50 per cent and no distillery mentioned on the label. (more…)

Caol Ila 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Caol Ila 14yo Connosoir's Choice by Gordon & MacPhail (Peated Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Cask)

As a marketer by profession, I am quite susceptible to good storytelling and well-conceived ad campaigns. Still, I am also always happy when a whisky manages to catch my attention without supplementary hoo-ha. This 14-year-old Caol Ila from Gordon & MacPhail’s (more…)

Big Peat 26yo – The Platinum Edition (Review)

Big Peat 26yo Platinum, by Douglas Laing & Remarkable Malts (Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Ardbeg Bowmore Port Ellen)

What is the difference between American rock’n’roll legends KISS and Islay-born geezer Big Peat? There is more smoke in a bottle of the latter than there is in an entire stage show of the former. Also, the band went platinum on account of their record sales (more…)

Bunnahabhain Moine 6yo by Wiljalba (Review)

Bunnahabhain Moine 6yo bottled by Signatory for Wiljalba (Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Heavily Peated)

My pal David from Berlin not only co-runs the Whisky & Vinyl blog, but also writes and records music under his alias Wiljalba. For the release of his latest album “Lost Valley” he came up with something special: he paired his CD and LP with a limited edition whisky (more…)

The GlenAllachie 11yo Single Cask (Review)

The GlenAllachie 11yo Single Cask (Speyside Malt Whisky Scotland Port Pipe Strength)

When former BenRiach managing director Billy Walker and his partners purchased The GlenAllachie in 2017, they changed the course of the Speyside unit drastically. Whereas almost all of The GlenAllachie’s considerable output was sold to blenders in the past (more…)

Paul John Christmas Edition 2018 (Review)

Paul John Christmas Edition 2018 (Indian Single Malt Whisky Oloroso Sherry Cask BarleyMania)

Every year, I buy a Christmas-themed bottle to enjoy during the festive season. This year, my choice fell on Paul John’s Christmas Edition 2018 – to my knowledge the first seasonal bottling from the Indian distillery. While the whisky itself does not bear an age statement (more…)