Bourbon Cask

Lervig Paragon 2019 Vintage – Barrel Aged Barley Wine Ale (Review)

Lervig Paragon 2019 Vintage (Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine Craft Beer Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Norwegian craft brewers Lervig are total champions of barrel aging – and their Paragon barley wine ales are often praised as the pinnacles of their work! The 2019 Vintage is the latest expression in the much-lauded series. To create this very rich, strong, sweet and creamy beer, Lervig (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…)

Benromach 11yo “Germany Exclusive” by Schlumberger (Review)

Benromach 11yo Vintage 2009 ex-Bourbon casks for Schlumberger (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

There is a lot I love about Schlumberger, the German importer of such fantastic brands as Benromach, Kavalan or Penderyn. One particular thing I like: Besides making sure that us Germans have good access to the core releases from the above-mentioned distilleries (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…)

Shock’em’toshan 22yo by Old Scar-ticular (Review)

Auchentoshan 22yo Single Cask by Douglas Laing (Halloween Malt Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes)

Tonight is Halloween, fellas – the scariest and most awesome time of the year! To celebrate my favorite holiday in style, I walked over to my cabinet o’ poisons and picked a special sip from it, namely a 22-year-old Auchentoshan… or shall I rather say… Shock’em’toshan (more…)

Ardmore 10yo “66.150 – Smoke, soot and tarry ropes” by SMWS (Review)

Ardmore 10yo Smoke Soot and Tarry Ropes by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Highland Dram Tasting Notes)

In the context of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the number 66 is a lot more than just two digits clinging to each other. In The Society’s distillery code system it refers to the Beam Suntory-owned Highlands unit Ardmore. And at least in my opinion, this busy production site is always worth checking out. Traditionally, The SMWS has a particularly good nose (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…)

Summer Wit Barrel Aged by ÜberQuell (Review)

Summer Wit Barrel Aged by Überquell (Bulleit Bourbon Craft Beer Hamburg St. Pauli Micro Brewery Tasting Notes)

Beer and whisk(e)y make a perfect match – not just side to side, but also bonded. As a big fan of barrel-aged brews, I was especially excited when I heard that my favorite micro brewery, ÜberQuell, had recently put a Belgian Wit beer into an ex-bourbon barrel (provided by Bulleit). (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…)