Islay

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…)

Caol Ila 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Caol Ila 14yo Connosoir's Choice by Gordon & MacPhail (Peated Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Cask)

As a marketer by profession, I am quite susceptible to good storytelling and well-conceived ad campaigns. Still, I am also always happy when a whisky manages to catch my attention without supplementary hoo-ha. This 14-year-old Caol Ila from Gordon & MacPhail’s (more…)

Big Peat 26yo – The Platinum Edition (Review)

Big Peat 26yo Platinum, by Douglas Laing & Remarkable Malts (Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Ardbeg Bowmore Port Ellen)

What is the difference between American rock’n’roll legends KISS and Islay-born geezer Big Peat? There is more smoke in a bottle of the latter than there is in an entire stage show of the former. Also, the band went platinum on account of their record sales (more…)