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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…)

Scapa 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Scapa 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Single Malt Orkney Islands Scotch Whisky Independent Bottling Tasting Notes)

When asked about whisky from the Orkney islands, most drammers will say “Highland Park” quick like a shot. There is, however, another production unit on the multipartite archipelago off the north coast of Scotland: Scapa, which was originally founded in 1885. (more…)

Glen Mhor 42yo Vintage 1965 from Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Glen Mhor 42yo Vintage 1965 from Gordon & MacPhail (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Closed Distillery Rare Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

A unicorn!? Well, maybe not quite. But certainly no ordinary bottle either. When the barkeeper of Whiskycafe L&B in Amsterdam produced this 42-year-old (!) Highland malt by the disbanded Glen Mhor distillery from one of his many whisky-filled racks, my eyes lit up (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…)

Kiel Whisky Fair 2019 (Fair)

Kieler Whiskymesse 2019 (German Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask Fair Event Tasting BarleyMania)

With round about a dozen exhibitors, Kiel Whisky Fair is one of the smallest dramming events I visit each year. But it is also one of the best. The quality of the exhibiting companies is very high, the atmosphere is pretty relaxed and the location, though well filled, is never over-crowded. (more…)

“SMWS X Buddelship” Whisky & Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam (Tasting)

The SMWS X Buddelship Whisky Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Boilermaker Event)

When you are looking for a whisky tasting with a twist in Hamburg, Gearoid O’Callaghan, also known as The Whisky Jack, is the man to talk to.  In addition to Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y, he is also well-versed in coffee, craft beer and trend food. (more…)

4 Single Cask Whiskies from North Star’s Series 006 (Review Flight)

4x Single Cask Scotch Whisky by North Star Spirits (Bladnoch Glentauchers Miltonduff Tobermory Lowlands Speyside Scotland Malt Tasting Notes)

Last month, I reviewed the four members of North Star’s new Millennial Range here on my blog. Now, I follow up with four other bottlings from Series 006 – which will soon make way for Series 007 to become the most recent batch of North Star releases. (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…)