11-16 Years

Strathisla 12yo “58.31 – Berried alive” by SMWS (Review)

Strathisla 12yo "Berried Alive" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS Speyside Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When I stumbled upon this bottling in The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s outturn catalogue, it struck all the right notes with me: The number 58 stands for a renowned distillery that rarely finds its way into an independent release (namely Strathisla from Speyside). (more…)

Craigellachie 11yo “44.97 – Sweet, succulent shape-shifter” by SMWS (Review)

Craigellachie 11yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Society Speyside Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In mystery shows like “Supernatural“, shape-shifters often fill the roles of sly and devious antagonists that use their transformation abilities to mislead the heroes and perform their vile deeds unnoticed. This special breed of shape-shifter, which hails from Craigellachie Distillery (more…)

Scapa 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Scapa 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Single Malt Orkney Islands Scotch Whisky Independent Bottling Tasting Notes)

When asked about whisky from the Orkney islands, most drammers will say “Highland Park” quick like a shot. There is, however, another production unit on the multipartite archipelago off the north coast of Scotland: Scapa, which was originally founded in 1885. (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…)

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…)