Islay

Caol Ila 10yo Single Cask from Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice (Review)

Caol Ila 10yo by Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Malt Scotch Islay Whisky Peated Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

Recently, my favorite local dealer Weinquelle Lühmann launched its first indie bottling under the new label Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice. For this special occasion, they picked a classic dram from Caol Ila Distillery. It is 10 years old, matured in a hogshead and bottled at cask strength (more…)

Caol Ila 11yo w/ Rum Finish by A Dream Of Scotland (Review)

Caol Ila 11yo Single Cask with Rum Finish by A Dream Of Scotland (Islay Malt Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Count Dracula is a man of surprise. When it comes to is boozing habits, most people will probably take him for the red wine-sipping type. But apparently he also has a soft spot for whisky and rum. Luckily for him (and us), this year’s “Happy Halloween” edition (more…)

Weinquelle Lühmann starts new single cask whisky range “Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice” (News)

Weinquelle Lühmann announces Caol Ila 10yo as first bottling in Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Cask Malt Scotch Islay News)

In the Northern Germany and beyond, Weinquelle Lühmann has an strong reputation as a top-quality spirits retailer. So far, their business centered around the selling of wine, whisky and other spirits through their stores in Hamburg and Siek as well as their online shop. (more…)

Kilchoman 100% Islay – The 10th Edition (Review)

Kilchoman 100% Islay - The 10th Edition (Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky Farm Distillery Blog Tasting Notes)

As the name suggests, 100% Islay by Kilchoman is a bonafide Islay malt. All of its ingredients come from the fabled whisky island off the western shore of Scotland. And all stages of the production were carried out right there on Islay, too. “From barley to bottle” (more…)

“Balance” – Secret Islay 14yo by Old Particular “The Spiritualist Series” (Review)

Balance Islay 14yo by Old Particular - The Spiritualist Series (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Peated BarleyMania)

Keep it slow, keep it easy, keep it unagitated. In the fast-moving times we are living in, it is sometimes wiser to shift a gear down rather than up. Leisure and relaxation are invaluable goods to which we should all treat ourselves from time to time. Douglas Laing know this very well. (more…)

Kilchoman 100% Islay PX Sherry 4yo – for Heiner’s Duty Free Shop (Review)

The island of Helgoland is a popular holiday destination for German drammers. Since it is located in the open sea, the taxes on tobacco and alcohol are not as high there as they are on the mainland. Therefore, you can score all kinds of awesome bargains in Helgoland’s many liquor stores. (more…)

Online Whisky Tasting “Barley & Yeast” by Kilchoman (Tasting)

Usually when talking about a whisky, we ask questions like “How old is it?”, “In what cask was it matured?” or “Which region does it come from?”. Rarely if ever, we discuss the barley or yeast varieties that were used in the production. Yet, they play an important role (more…)

“Battle axe” Islay Blended Malt by The SMWS (Review)

Battle Axe by The SMWS (Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Society Bottle Tasting Notes)

“Grandfather, tell me a story,” the little boy asked. “All right,” replied the old man, “Go and get your storybook.” The youngster shook his head: “No, no. Not one of those. A real story! Tell me about the last whisky you had!” The grandfather’s eyes lit up: “Well, then … (more…)

2x Single Malt Whisky from Myken and Whic (Review Flight)

Single Malt Scotch Scandinavian Whisky by Myken and Bunnahabhain (Whic Peat Islay Norway Blog Tasting Notes)

Most of the time when I review samples, I try to group them together thematically. For example, I have done review flights for whiskies that all came from the same company, the same product line or the same country. In this case, however, there is not really a common thread. (more…)