Cask Strength

3 old Grain Whiskies from North Star’s Series 008 (Review Flight)

3x Grain Whisky by North Star (Single Blend Scotch Cask Indpendent Bottler Tasting Notes)

No grain, no glory! With three out of seven expressions being made from other ingredients than malted barley, Series 008 of North Star Spirits grants grain whisky a prominent spot in the limelight. And the bottlings that Iain Croucher and his team picked for their latest line (more…)

Craigellachie “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…)

5 Whiskies by Claxton’s: Tobermory, Caol Ila & more (Review Flight)

5x Single Cask Whisky from Claxton's (Scotch Malt Dram Longmorn Miltonduff Tobermory Loch Lomond Caol Ila Speyside Islay Notes)

Earlier this month, I was pleasantly surprised to find this sample set in my mailbox. It includes Claxton’s entire Spring 2019 outturn. Again, the English indie bottler picked a wide-spread selection of drams, ranging from an almost shy Speysider (Longmorn 10yo) (more…)

3 new Whiskies by Whic: Mackmyra, Ben Nevis & Glen Moray (Review Flight)

3x Single Cask Scotch Whisky by Which (Mackmyra Ben Nevis Glen Moray Speyside Malt Dram Tasting Notes)

Munich-based whisky company Whic.de is a lot more than just a mailorder. Besides selling bottles and samples through their website, they also moderate a vivid community page on Facebook and operate as an independent bottler. (more…)

Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey 7yo by Svenska Eldvatten (Review)

Tennessee Bourbon 7yo by Svenska Eldvatten (Independent Cask Strength American Whiskey Tasting Notes)

The booth of Svenska Eldvatten – the biggest indie bottler in the Nordics – was one of my favorite target places at last years’s Bottle Market. Repeatedly, I returned there to sip a dram and have a chat with the company’s owners Peter and Tommy. (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…)

Bunnahabhain Moine 6yo by Wiljalba (Review)

Bunnahabhain Moine 6yo bottled by Signatory for Wiljalba (Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Heavily Peated)

My pal David from Berlin not only co-runs the Whisky & Vinyl blog, but also writes and records music under his alias Wiljalba. For the release of his latest album “Lost Valley” he came up with something special: he paired his CD and LP with a limited edition whisky (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…)