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Williamson 2005 by Spirit & Cask Range (Whisky)

I must confess that this single cask bottling from the Spirit & Cask Range did not sound too tempting to me at first. In this age span, you find quite a lot of bourbon-matured whiskies from Southern Islay; and usually they are a bit more friendly to your wallet. (more…)

Laphroaig “29.234 – Smoked & salted toffee apples” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 27yo "29.234 Smoked and salted toffee apples" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Islay Peated Dram Vaults)

The Vaults. That mythical place in the north of Edinburgh, where 35 years ago the world’s most illustrious whisky club – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – was founded. Today, the former wine warehouse still serves as a high-class bar and meeting room for the Society’s members. (more…)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star (Review)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Highlands Scotch Whisky Cask Strength Bourbon Tasting Notes)

Two times a year, Glasgow’s North Star Spirits releases a new selection of single cask whiskies. And two times a year, I order at least one bottle from their latest series. After obtaining a muscular grain by Port Dundas in round one and a fruity malt by Linkwood in round two (more…)

Laphroaig “29.225 – Slapped by a kipper” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 18yo "Slapped by a kipper" by SMWS 29.225 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Islay Peat Bourbon Cask)

For two reasons, picking a bottle from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is not a particularly hard task. First, the whiskies’ telling monickers always give you a good impression of what to expect. And second, the quality of the releases of the world’s biggest dramming club (more…)

Laphroaig 16yo Directors’ Cut by Douglas Laing (Whisky)

When a whisky legend like Fred Laing, who has been working in the industry for half a century (and counting), hand-picks a cask for a special occasion, you know that liquid greatness is inbound. And indeed, I cannot think of a better term to describe this 16-year-old Laphroaig, (more…)

Kilchoman VIP Tasting by Vibrant Stills and Hansemalt (Event)

Kilchoman VIP Tasting by Vibrant Stills and Hansemalt (Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Event)

A few days ago Norbert Meyer-Sand, the owner of a very cool online mailorder called Whisky Experience, invited me to accompany him to a VIP tasting with Kilchoman’s maltman Jamie Muir. Organized by Corinna Schwarz and Adam Dittrich of the distillery’s German importer (more…)

Ledaig “42.40 – Herb smoked treacle” by SMWS (Review)

Ledaig "Smoked Herb Treacle" by SMWS (Single Cask Strength Islands Mull Tasting Notes)

Lately, I have been listening to British indie pop band Art Brut’s great album “It’s a bit complicated” a lot. Art Brut have always been one of my favourite bands and I even named my cat after their lead singer Eddie Argos. My favourite track on this album is called “Direct Hit”. (more…)