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Glasgow Distillery 5yo Sherry Cask Finish by North Star (Review)

Glasgow Distillery 5yo Oloroso Sherry Finish by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Scotch Malt Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes Blog)

Earlier this year, Glaswegian indie bottler North Star celebrated its fifth anniversary. So, before I continue, here is a little insert: “Happy Birthday, Iain and team! Keep up the stellar work!” And now, on with the text … For my latest review here at BarleyMania, I have spent some quality time (more…)

Scharfenstein Edition No. 2 by The Nine Springs (Review)

Burg Scharfenstein Edition 2 by The Nine Springs (Single Malt German Whisky Oloroso PX Sherry Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Over the years, Burg Scharfenstein – a medieval castle in the federal state of Thuringia in Germany – had many owners. Since most of them did not really know what to do with the place, they did not give it the attention it needed and deserved. Luckily, this changed in recent years (more…)

Waterford Tinnashrule 1.1 Single Farm Origin (Review)

Waterford Tinnashrule 1.1 (Single Malt Terroir Irish Whisky Whiskey Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When speaking about Waterford Distillery on the Southeast shore of Ireland, one inevitably has to speak about terroir, too. The team around founder and visionary Mark Reynier (formerly of Bruichladdich) strongly believes in the impact of soil conditions, microclimate (more…)

Glen Moray 10 Years Old by Claxton’s (Review)

Glen Moray 10yo by Claxton's (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Often when I utter the term “fruit bomb”, I use it to describe a slightly older dram that has spent – let’s say – 16 or more years in the cask. That is because it usually takes a certain amount of time before those full-on fruit notes reached the climax of their development. (more…)

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Review)

Heaven's Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Bob Dylan Dram Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Usually, I am not too intrigued by celebrity-owned or -endorsed brands. For example, I always liked Becks as a player. But I have not yet bought a bottle of that grain whisky, whose – admittedly good looking – face he is. With Heaven’s Door Whiskey it is slightly different. (more…)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Whisky (Review)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Import (Australian Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

This is a rather special bottling: After all, Starward from Australia is the first distillery outside of Scotland from which renowned indie bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd have released a whisky. That is all the more remarkable if you consider that Berry Bros & Rudd look back at a rich history, (more…)

Imperial 22yo Single Cask by Chapter 7 Whisky (Review)

Imperial 22yo by Chapter 7 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Ghost Distillery Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

From Scotland’s various ghost distilleries, Imperial in Speyside still ranks among the more accessible ones. Sure, new Imperial bottlings do not exactly pop up twice or thrice a week. And when they do, they do not sell for bargain prices. Yet, it is much easier and cheaper (more…)

The GlenAllachie Vintage 2008 Cuvee Cask Finish (Review)

The GlenAllachie 2008 Cuvee (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Kirsch Import Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

The Vintage 2008 Cuvee Cask Finish is a new limited edition release from The GlenAllachie. It is exclusively available in Germany, where it is being distributed by Kirsch Import. Its story in a nutshell: Billy Walker, the mastermind behind the reinvigorated GlenAllachie Distillery, (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…)