Islands

Jura Tastival 2017 in Hamburg (Event)

Jura Tastival 2017 in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Fest Tasting Food Pairing)

About two weeks after Jura had its opening day at Feis Ile 2017, the cherished island distillery invited its fans to another festivity. This time, however, the celebrations did not take place on the isle of Jura itself, but in Northern Germany. Organized by Jura’s importer (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…)

Ledaig 11yo by Old Particular (Review)

Ledaig 11yo by Old Particular (Single Cask Peated Malt Scotch Whisky Douglas Laing Tobermory Isle Of Mull BarleyMania)

A huge fan of peated malts, it should come as no surprise to you that the Isle of Islay is one of my very favorite whisky regions. But of course those 240 square miles of land at the western shore of Scotland are not the only place in the world where smokey drams are being produced. (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…)