Islay

“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…)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 & The Gauldrons Batch 05 (Review Flight)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 & The Gauldrons Batch 05 (Blended Malt Islay Campbeltown Whisky Douglas Laint Tasting Notes Blog)

Merry Christmas, dear BarleyMania readers! I hope you all have a good pour put aside for tonight. As in the years before, I will enjoy a dram of Big Peat’s annual Christmas Edition on December 24. After all, the holiest of nights would feel incomplete without a visit from my favorite Ileach. (more…)

3 Maritime Malts by Douglas Laing – Talisker, Orkney & Caol Ila (Review Flight)

Maritime Drams by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Cask Scotch Whisky Islay Skye Orkney Tasting Notes)

“I traced the shorelines through a thousand histories / To remind me an island is my home / An island is my home…” – These beautiful words from Frank Turner’s song “Rivers” are not only true for the people living in Great Britain, but also for the distilleries located on the Scottish isles. (more…)

“Ho, ho, ho!” – Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 coming down the chimney this month (News)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 (Remarkable Malts Blended Islay Whisky Peated Xmas News)

Spirit-wise, one of my favorite parts of the festive season is sipping the annual X-mas bottling from Big Peat. This year, Douglas Laing’s bearded Ileach will again delight us with a heavily peated blended malt encompassing some of Islay’s most popular distilleries. (more…)