Bain’s 21yo Double Cask: “A uniquely sherried grain that would surprise many a malthead” (Interview)

With their multi-award-winning Bain’s brand, the folks at James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa have a different approach to making grain whisky than most other production sites in the world. Elsewhere, this particular spirit is traditionally created as a supplement for blending. (more…)

BorderShop Whisky & Rom Festival – Autumn 2021 (Event)

Don’t let the header image fool you: While it reads “Whisky Festival 2018” on the glass, the photo was taken just a few days ago. Cause in early November 2021, the bi-annual dramming event at the iconic BorderShop in Puttgarden returned after a pandemic-caused break of almost two years. (more…)

5x Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Berry Bros. & Rudd’s “Autumn 2021” Outturn (Review Flight)

Berry Bros & Rudd - Autumn 2021 Outturn (Independent Bottler Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Lately, long-serving British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd created quite a buzz in the whisky scene with the release of “The Nordic Casks”. Ever since its launch, this four-piece selection of premium bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), High Coast (Sweden), Myken (Norway), (more…)

Penderyn 6yo with Ruby Port finish by A Nightmare Of Wales (Review)

Penderyn 6yo Ruby Port Finish by Brühler Whisky Haus (A Nightmare Of Wales Single Malt Whisky Cask Review Tasting Notes)

Gruesome greetings, everybody! Today is October 31, which means that the ghosts of All Hallow’s Eve will pay us a visit and demand a tribute. Against contrary believe, the best gift you can get them is neither a chocolate bar nor a bag of sweets. It is a whisky! (more…)

Mark the date: Bottle Market 2021 to take place in Bremen from 19 to 21 November 2021 (News)

Bottle Market 2021 in Bremen (North Germany Whisky and Spirits Fair)

Get your pens ready and mark the date, drammers: Bottle Market is back! After last year’s break due to the Corona pandemic, the three-day whisky and spirits festival will take place again this year! The date is 19 to 21 November 2021 and the location is Hall 7 at Messe Bremen. (more…)

Whisky Weeks 2021 at Alsterhaus in Hamburg (Event)

Whisky Weeks 2021 at Alsterhaus in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cocktails Event Festival Tasting BarleyMania)

Finally: another whisky fair! Earlier this month, the prestigious Alsterhaus in Hamburg held its annual Whisky Weeks again. Whereas the multi-day festival was quite the event in the past, it only happened in a very reduced form in 2020 due to the unsteady corona situation. (more…)

Mini-Tour and Tasting at Trolden Distillery in Denmark (Visit)

Trolden Distillery & Brewery in Denmark (Single Malt Whisky Craft Beer Tour Tasting BarleyMania)

Being crazy about whisky is a super-fun hobby that won’t get boring anytime soon. No matter how many drams you have sipped or how many distilleries you have seen, there will always be a ton of new stuff for you to unearth and explore. My latest whisky discovery is Trolden Distillery (more…)

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…)