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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…)

BenRiach 10yo “12.48 – Hoppy madness” by The SMWS (Review)

Benriach 10yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Craft Beer Cask Tasting Notes Blog)

I love whisky, I love craft beer. And I love it when the two intertwine. One bottling, in which this happens, is the 10-years-old BenRiach from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society called “Hoppy madness”. After an initial maturation in ex-bourbon barrels, this crisp Speysider (more…)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Review Flight)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Single Malt Spirit Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In their capacity as indie bottlers, Whic.de are known and respected for their high-quality whisky releases. Recently, they have strayed from that path a bit and for the first time launched another kind of spirit under their name: a Late Bottled Brandy from Thompson Bros. (more…)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Whisky (Review)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Import (Australian Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

This is a rather special bottling: After all, Starward from Australia is the first distillery outside of Scotland from which renowned indie bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd have released a whisky. That is all the more remarkable if you consider that Berry Bros & Rudd look back at a rich history, (more…)

Imperial 22yo Single Cask by Chapter 7 Whisky (Review)

Imperial 22yo by Chapter 7 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Ghost Distillery Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

From Scotland’s various ghost distilleries, Imperial in Speyside still ranks among the more accessible ones. Sure, new Imperial bottlings do not exactly pop up twice or thrice a week. And when they do, they do not sell for bargain prices. Yet, it is much easier and cheaper (more…)

3x Single Cask Scotch Whisky from DeinWhisky.de – Ben Nevis, Tomatin & Secret Speyside (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de (Ben Nevis Secret Speyside Tomatin Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

For his latest batch of exclusives, Sebastian of DeinWhisky.de has joined forces with two very renowned indie bottlers: Sansibar Whisky from Germany and Hart Brothers from Scotland. From these two companies, Sebastian sourced three really special drops: (more…)

3x Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton’s and North Star (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton's & North Star Spirits (Sherry Cask Hogshead Blog Review Notes BarleyMania)

Recently, Whic.de sent me a sample of part two of their Tarot series. The whisky in question is a 13-year-old Deanston called “The High Priestess”. Like its predecessor, it originates from the stock of indie bottling giant Signatory Vintage (more…)