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Williamson 2005 by Spirit & Cask Range (Whisky)

I must confess that this single cask bottling from the Spirit & Cask Range did not sound too tempting to me at first. In this age span, you find quite a lot of bourbon-matured whiskies from Southern Islay; and usually they are a bit more friendly to your wallet. (more…)

Kiel Whisky Fair 2018 (Event)

Kieler Whisky Messe 2018 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Blended Dram Event Kiel Tasting)

Last year I visited Kiel Whisky Fair, one of Germany’s longest-running spirit exhibitions, for the first time. Since I really enjoyed the small event’s intimate atmosphere, excellent line-up and nice location in the 4-star Steigenberger Conti Hansa hotel, my girlfriend Dini and I returned (more…)

4 Whiskies from North Star’s new Series 004 (Review Flight)

Series 004 by North Star (Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky Blend Ardbeg Bunnahabhain Vega Islay Royal Brackla Tasting Notes)

Although they have only been up to their tricks for one-and-a-half years, Glasgow’s North Star Spirits have made quite an impact in the whisky world with their well-chosen single cask bottlings and other limited editions. Quite recently they launched their fourth series of whiskies (more…)

3 Whiskies by Claxton’s: Glen Keith, Auchentoshan & more (Rev. Flight)

3 Single Cask Whiskies by Claxton's (Auchentoshan Glen Grant English Whisky Independent Bottler BarleyMania)

When I attended the “Day Of The 100 Open Bottles” at Pinkernell’s Whisky Market in Berlin last month, I tried more than half a dozen drams by Claxton’s. Their well-selected single cask whiskies rendered me so impressed that I took home not one but two bottles: (more…)

Dalmore 24yo by Cadenhead’s (Review)

Dalmore 24yo Rum Finish by Cadenhead's (Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask Strength)

This Dalmore by Scotland’s oldest independent bottler Cadenhead’s is a real luxury dram. Not only has it aged for almost a quarter of a century, but also has it received a rum cask finish of such remarkable length that it could almost be considered a double maturation (more…)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star (Review)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Highlands Scotch Whisky Cask Strength Bourbon Tasting Notes)

Two times a year, Glasgow’s North Star Spirits releases a new selection of single cask whiskies. And two times a year, I order at least one bottle from their latest series. After obtaining a muscular grain by Port Dundas in round one and a fruity malt by Linkwood in round two (more…)

Laphroaig “29.225 – Slapped by a kipper” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 18yo "Slapped by a kipper" by SMWS 29.225 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay Peat Bourbon Cask)

For two reasons, picking a bottle from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is not a particularly hard task. First, the whiskies’ telling monickers always give you a good impression of what to expect. And second, the quality of the releases of the world’s biggest dramming club (more…)