Event

Borco World of Whisky Festival 2022 in Hamburg (Event)

Borco World of Whisky Festival 2022 in Hamburg with Teeling, Tamdhu, Glengoyne, Nikka and more

After two crazy years, the world is slowly but steadily getting back to normal. For us drammers, this also means that many of our favorite events are finally making a much-anticipated return. One such happening, which I am especially glad to see back at its old strength, (more…)

Ardbeg Ardcore Launch Day Tasting at Getränke-Paradies Wolf (Event)

Ardbeg Ardcore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Launch Day Tasting at Getränke Paradies Wolf in Hamburg

Put on your torn Sex Pistols shirt and dust off that old leather jacket, fellas. ‘Cause Ardbeg’s new Feis Isle bottling Ardcore is a celebration of all things punk – the music, the aesthetics, the attitude. The whisky, which is said to “punkture your palate and trash your taste buds”, (more…)

Kiel Whisky Fair 2022 (Fair)

Impressions of Kiel Whisky Fair 2022 (Slainte!)

One after another, my favorite whisky fairs are now reawakening from their pandemic-caused hiatus. At the end of 2021, I already had the pleasure of visiting Bottle Market in Bremen and Bordershop Whisky & Ron Festival in Puttgarden again. And this month I got to return to (more…)

Capital Whisky Club: Fundraiser Tasting, Raffle & Auction for Ukrainia on 1 March 2022 (News)

Charity Fundraiser for Unkrainian Refugees by Capital Whisky Club and The Melody Whisky Bar in London

Usually, the topics I tackle here on BarleyMania are fun and light-hearted. Not so today. Cause as I type, a war is raging in Europe. Ever since the first shots were fired on 24 February 2022, the sovereign state of Ukraine has been under heavy attack from Russian armed forces. (more…)

Mark the date: Bottle Market 2021 to take place in Bremen from 19 to 21 November 2021 (News)

Bottle Market 2021 in Bremen (North Germany Whisky and Spirits Fair)

Get your pens ready and mark the date, drammers: Bottle Market is back! After last year’s break due to the Corona pandemic, the three-day whisky and spirits festival will take place again this year! The date is 19 to 21 November 2021 and the location is Hall 7 at Messe Bremen. (more…)

Whisky Weeks 2021 at Alsterhaus in Hamburg (Fair)

Whisky Weeks 2021 at Alsterhaus in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cocktails Event Festival Tasting BarleyMania)

Finally: another whisky fair! Earlier this month, the prestigious Alsterhaus in Hamburg held its annual Whisky Weeks again. Whereas the multi-day festival was quite the event in the past, it only happened in a very reduced form in 2020 due to the unsteady corona situation. (more…)

North Star Whisky: Blind Tasting w/ @WhiskyGermany (Tasting)

North Star Spirits Virtual Whisky Tasting (Single Malt Independent Bottler Scotch Event BarleyMania)

For Iain Croucher, the founder and mainman of Scottish indie bottler North Star Spirits, whisky is a pretty simple thing. At the end of the day, he claims, a good bottling must only meet four criteria: It must be honest. It must be fun. It must be tasty. And it must be opened and shared. (more…)

Douglas Laing’s “Whisky Discovery” Tasting – Remarkable Malts (Tasting)

Douglas Laing & Co.'s Whisky Discovery Tasting (4x Remarkable Regional Malts Scotch Zoom Event BarleyMania)

The recent “Whisky Discovery” tasting by Douglas Laing marked a novelty in the company’s 70-plus-year history: This was the first time that the Glasgow-based malt mavens gave their fans the chance to taste a new selection of drams exclusively before the official release. (more…)

“The very first cask” Whisky Tasting by St. Kilian (Tasting)

"The first cask" whisky tasting by St. Kilian Distillers (German Single Malt Bud Spencer Zoom Event)

Ever since they first heated up their Forsyths stills in 2016, the good people of Germany’s biggest whisky distillery St. Kilian have known but one direction: upwards! The first five years of production were like a rocket ride for them. During that time, they have established St. Kilian (more…)

Virtual Whisky Gala – Glenfiddich Grand Series Launch Event (Event)

Glenfiddich 26yo Grande Couronne Virtual Launch Event (Single Malt Speyside Whisky Grant Series Tasting BarleyMania)

In one regard, whisky is like music. Just as everyone can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won, there is also the right whisky for just about any given occurence. Some are made to embrace the occasion, some are made to celebrate the occasion (more…)