Interview

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…)

Glasgow Distillery: “The first single cask release from 1770 Whisky” (Interview)

Glasgow Distillery 1770 Whisky (Lowlands Single Malt Cask Kirsch Import Talk Interview)

Sure thing: For any new distillery and their fans, the release of the first single cask bottling is a special happening. At Glasgow Distillery, the folks making the whisky on site – and the ones drinking it at home – experienced this recently. (more…)

Strathearn: “The new Premium Highland Single Malt in the Douglas Laing Portfolio” (Interview)

Cara Laing on Strathearn Distillery (Premium Highland Single Malt Whisky Douglas Laing Interview BarleyMania)

I gotta admit: Strathearn Distillery caught me off-guard. Sure, I assumed its whisky to be good. Still, I did not expect the spirit made at this wee Highland unit to put me in such a state of euphoria! To know what I mean, check out my review of Batch 001 of Strathearn Single Malt Whisky. (more…)

Carlos I Brandy: “Matured in the best of the best sherry casks” (Interview)

Carlos I Brandy de Jerez (Osborne Sherry Weinbrand Herr Lutz Brand Ambassador Interview)

In the week before Christmas, I met my pal Michael “Jerry” Lutz, whom some of you might know under his alias Herr Lutz, for a chat over a couple of drams. A few weeks before, he had taken a new job at Grupo Osborne. During our conversation, he told me that he will (more…)

Rock Island: “Painting a marvelously maritime picture of the whisky islands” (Interview)

Rock Island by Douglas Laing and Remarkable Malts (Blended Malt Maritime Scotch Whisky Interview)

Last week, I introduced a trio of Rock Island expressions (namely Regular, 10yo and 21yo) here on my blog. Today, I am happy to dive even deeper in the matter and share with you some first-hand information on the latest developments from the Rock Island camp. (more…)

Emily Chappell: “Creating the iconic labels of That Boutique-y Whisky Company” (Interview)

Emily Chappell (That Boutique-y Whisky Company Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky Label Illustration Comic Graphic Novel BarleyMania)

Whenever I stumble upon the exquisite bottlings of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, I cannot take my eyes off them. Not only do they contain excellent drams, but also do they sport one-of-a-kind designs. The comic-styled labels that grace these precious single cask whiskies (more…)

Finlaggan: “How Islay’s mystery malt rose to fame. And what’s up next” (Interview)

Finlaggan Interview (Islay NAS Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky Dram BarleyMania Talk)

Offering high-quality Islay malts at very friendly price points, it is little surprising that Finlaggan is a brand held in high esteem by whisky lovers across the globe. The veil of mystery that surrounds these drams further adds to the fascination that emanates from them. (more…)