Islands

Rock Oyster Sherry Edition (Review)

Rock Oyster Sherry Edition by Remarkable Regional Malts (Douglas Laing Islands Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Review Tasting Notes)

When they created their Remarkable Regional Malts range, the people at Douglas Laing wanted to offer their customers high-quality blended malts that embody the unique characteristics of the different whisky regions in Scotland. Rock Oyster represents the maritime island whiskies (more…)

Timorous Beastie 18yo and Rock Oyster 18yo coming soon (News)

Timorous Beastie 18yo and Rock Oster 18yo (Remarkable Regional Malts Douglas Laing Blended Scotch Whisky Highlands Islands)

While all eyes are currently directed at Islay where this year’s iteration of the Feis Ile festival is in full swing, cool things are happening in the other Scottish whisky regions as well. From Glasgow we just received notice that Douglas Laing are proud to announce the addition of a new duo (more…)

Arran 5yo by A.D. Rattray (Review)

Arran 5yo by A.D. Rattray (Single Malt Islands Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Some people might say that five years of maturation are not enough to let a whisky develop depth and character. Yet, if you are in the mood for a young and wild whisky, a spirit that did not spend too many years in the cask might be exactly what you have been looking for. (more…)

Jura Tastival 2016 (Review)

Isle of Jura Tastival 2016 Limited Edition (Triple Sherry Finish Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islands Review Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

On June 1st, Jura will host the next round of their annual whisky festival, the frolicsome Tastival. This means that we can not only look forward to super-fun festivities at the distillery (and hopefully also other locations across the globe), but also to a new special bottling. (more…)

Ardbeg Kelpie – Committee Release (Review)

Ardbeg Kelpie - Committee Release (Islay Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky Limited Edition Cask Strength Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In Scottish mythology, kelpies are shape-shifting water spirits that can either take the form of a horse or a human. Spending almost all of their time on the grounds of lakes and other waters, they are elusive beings that are rarely seen and almost never caught. (more…)

Tobermory 21 by Cadenhead’s (Review)

Tobermory 21yo by Cadenhead's (Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask BarleyMania)

Buying a single cask whisky by Scotland’s oldest independent bottler Cadenhead’s at Hanse Spirit has become somewhat of a tradition for me. Last year, I purchased a stellar Dalmore 24yo with a rum finish from their booth. This year, I went home with this outstanding Tobermory(more…)

Talisker The Distillers Edition 2014 (Review)

BarleyMania - Talisker The Distillers Edition 2014 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review Tasting Notes Islands Skye Diageo)

I have to hurry a little with this review because my bottle of Talisker‘s wonderful Distillers Edition from two years back is slowly but surely coming to its end. Considering all the joy this precious dram from the Isle of Skye on the northwestern coast of Scotland gave me, I definitely want it to be featured here on BarleyMania (more…)

Jura Superstition (Review)

BarleyMania - Jura Superstition (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review Tasting Notes Isle of Jura Islands)

Not even 200 people live on the Isle of Jura on the west coast of Scotland. Despite its wee size, this amiable community is known and loved by whisky fans across the globe. The reason is simple: The local distillery, named Jura after the isle it was built on, produces amazing drams.  (more…)