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High Coast 8yo “The Nordic Casks” by Berry Bros & Rudd (Review)

Header image of High Coast Vintag 2013 "The Nordic Casks" by Berry Bros & Rudd

Last year, tradition-rich British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd released a special set of whiskies drawn from single casks. Called “The Nordic Casks”, the exclusive selection included top-class bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), Kyrö (Finland), Myken (Norway) (more…)

2x Whisky New Make (Unpeated & Peated) from Klein Amerika Distillery in NL (Review Flight)

Last summer, I went on a field trip together with my wife Dini and my brothers Flo and Martin. Our destination: Klein Amerika Distillery in the Netherlands (located just a few kilometres behind the Dutch-German border). There, we had a super-nice meeting with the founders (more…)

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask – German Selection by Schlumberger (Review)

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask by German Selection for Schlumberger (Single Malt Welsh Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

One thing I really love about whisky is this: It’s one helluva complex and versatile drink; and no matter what a dram’s characteristics are old or young, strong or mild, peaty or fruity, and so on – it always has the potential to blow you right out of your socks! (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…)

The Macallan 12yo “24.148 – Effortlessly bold” by The SMWS (Review)

The Macallan 12yo by The SMWS "Effortlessly bold" (Single Malt Sherry Cask Speyside Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In recent months, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society released a couple of bottles with the identifier 24 on the label. All of ’em got sold out within minutes, if not seconds. The reason for this: In the bottle code system of The SMWS, the number 24 stands for The Macallan (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…)

Highland Park 12yo Single Cask for Arlanda Airport (Review)

Highland Park 12yo Single Cask for Arlanda Airport (Orkney Islands Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog)

When it was initially released in 2018, this single cask release by Highland Park was excludively available at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden. Over time, however, some bottles also ended up in other parts of the world. I bought mine at EDF Duty Free Paradise (more…)

Benrinnes 22yo “36.172 – Orange oil and wine corks” by SMWS (Review)

Benrinnes 22yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Festival 2020 Tasting Notes)

This year, the sought-after festival bottlings from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society sported colorful animal illustrations. One of my faves: the chilled orang-utan that peacefully dozes on the label of this bourbon cask-matured Benrinnes 22 Years Old. (more…)