Cask Strength

Fary Lochan 6yo “141.1 – Dramlet: the Dark Prince of Denmark!” by SMWS (Review)

Fary Lochan 6yo by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Danish Sherry Dram Tasting Notes)

“To be or not to be?” – In case of “Dramlet: the Dark Prince of Denmark!” there is but one reply to the great playwright William Shakespeare’s existential question. And that is “To be!” on all levels. To be the first Danish whisky in the portfolio of the renowned Scotch Malt Whisky Society. (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…)

4 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from North Star’s Series 008 (Review Flight)

4x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by North Star Spirits (Indepdendent Bottler Auchroisk Inchgower Glenglassaugh Glenturret Tasting Notes)

A few weeks ago, I introduced the three grain whiskies from North Star Spirits’ recent Series 008 here on my blog. Today, I follow up with the malts. All in all, company owner Iain Croucher bottled four exquisite casks that fall into this category. They are between 8 and 13 years old (more…)

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…)

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 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…)

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…)