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Cley 4 Years Old with Oloroso Finish by The Barrel Baron (Review)

Cley Distillery 4yo Oloroso Cask Finish by The Barrel Baron (Single Malt Dutch Whisky Blog TastingNotes BarleyMania)

The first-ever independent bottling from tiny Dutch craft distillery Cley is absolutely brilliant. The company responsible for it, The Barrel Baron, picked a top-notch cask and presented it in a very classy way! (more…)

2x Scotch Whisky from The Uncharted Whisky Co. – Loch Lomond 14yo & Secret Islay 30yo (Review)

The Uncharted Whisky Co. - Secret Islay 30yo & Loch Lomond 14yo (Independent Single Malt Cask Bottling Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Not too long ago, I had my first touchpoint with the new Scottish indie bottler The Uncharted Whisky Co., when I reviewed their GlenAllachie 13 Years Old here on my blog. Now the company’s German importer DeinWhisky.de has send me two more samples to check out: (more…)

Fary Lochan 7yo Oloroso by The Liquid Madness (Review)

Fary Lochan 7yo Oloroso by The Liquid Madness (Danish Single Malt Whisky Sherry Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

The driving forces behind the new indie bottler The Liquid Madness are two well-known whisky mavens from Germany, namely Tilo “The Caskhound” Schnabel and Sebastian “The Spirits Alchemist” Büssing. The two self-proclaimed “spirit adventurers” have joint forces (more…)

Glasgow Distillery 5yo Sherry Cask Finish by North Star (Review)

Glasgow Distillery 5yo Oloroso Sherry Finish by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Scotch Malt Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes Blog)

Earlier this year, Glaswegian indie bottler North Star celebrated its fifth anniversary. So, before I continue, here is a little insert: “Happy Birthday, Iain and team! Keep up the stellar work!” And now, on with the text … For my latest review here at BarleyMania, I have spent some quality time (more…)

2x Whisky by Whic: Secret Islay & Ardmore 10yo (Review Flight)

2x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic (Secret Islay Ardmore Peated Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

The recent launch of Batch 1 of the Whic Islay Single Malt Whisky constitutes a huge milestone in the evolution of the Northern-German whisky dealer and bottler: Whereas all of Whic’s previous releases were single casks, this one will be a permanent addition (more…)

“The Nordic Casks” Whisky Tasting by Berry Bros & Rudd (Event)

The Nordic Casks Whisky Tasting by Berry Bros & Rudd (Fary Lochan Kyrö Myken High Coast Virtual Single Malt Event)

In his capacity as Assistant Rerserve Spirit Buyer at Berry Bros & Rudd, Jonny McMillan is fortunate to make a living on a pretty exciting activity: He traverses the wide world of whisky in search of ever-new casks to purchase, develop and bottle. Recently, he started a special project (more…)

The Barrel Baron: “In regard to our whisky, the highest priority is quality” (Interview)

The Barrel Baron from the Netherlands (Dutch Independent Single Cask Whisky Bottler Interview BarleyMania)

Though I only discovered Dutch whisky company The Barrel Baron recently, I am already a fan. After all, co-founder Marcel Kip and his partners are total malt maniacs offering both top-quality indie bottlings and exclusive cask shares. (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…)

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…)