Peated

Waterford “Peated: Ballybannon 1.1” Arcadian Barley (Review)

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A short while ago, I have introduced Waterford Peated: Fenniscourt 1.1 here on these pages. Now I follow up with the distillery’s second Peated expression, namely Waterford Peated: Ballybannon 1.1. The whisky is made from barley grown at Ballybannon Farm, (more…)

Waterford “Peated: Fenniscourt 1.1” Arcadian Barley (Review)

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Via its Arcadian Barley range, South-Irish whisky distillery Waterford releases out-of-the-ordinary single malts based on specially grown and processed barley. Previously, the series has already seen illustrious entries such as “Organic”, “Biodynamic”, and “Heritage”. (more…)

Mosgaard Black Peat – Danish Single Malt Whisky (Review)

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When my wife Dini and I visited Mosgaard Distillery in Denmark a few months ago, founder Jes treated us to many great drams while showing us around. One of our personal highlights was Black Peat, which marked the final expression of the culminating tasting we had after the tour. (more…)

Black Bottle Whisky “The Alchemy Series #4: Smoke & Dagger” (Review)

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“How do you supercharge a blended Scotch whisky with an extra-amount of most-delicate smoke?” – This question resided at very heart of the conception of Black Bottle’s fourth “Alchemy Series” bottling Smoke & Dagger. And resourceful as they are, the whisky makers (more…)

Black Bottle Whisky “The Alchemy Series #3: Andean Oak” (Review)

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Andean oak also known as Quercus Humboldtii – is a rare commodity in the Scotch industry. At least to my knowledge, the recently released Andean Oak entry into Black Bottle’s experimental “The Alchemy Series” is the first-ever whisky from Scotland to be drawn from such wood. (more…)

Black Bottle – Alchemy Series: Virtual Launch Event for “Andean Oak” and “Smoke & Dagger” (Tasting)

“I love working on Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky,” said the Distell Group’s Master Blender Julieann Fernandez early on in this virtual launch event via Zoom. “It is such an experimental brand that constantly allows me and my colleagues to challenge existing conventions (more…)

Williamson 6yo Islay Blended Malt Whisky by Dram Mor (Review)

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A cask is ready when it’s ready. Sometimes, it takes several decades for the spirit inside to reach its peak. And sometimes, it only takes a few years. In the end, I don’t think that I could ever overstress the much-quoted statement that “age is just a number”. (more…)

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 – Warehouse 1 (Review)

Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 at BarleyMania Whisky & Whiskey Blog

To celebrate friendship and togetherness within its global community, peaty giant Laphroaig releases a new Cairdeas bottling every year. The limited edition whiskies always go up for purchase on “Laphroaig Day”, i.e. the day of the annual Feis Ile festival (more…)

Ardbeg Ardcore Launch Day Tasting at Getränke-Paradies Wolf (Event)

Ardbeg Ardcore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Launch Day Tasting at Getränke Paradies Wolf in Hamburg

Put on your torn Sex Pistols shirt and dust off that old leather jacket, fellas. ‘Cause Ardbeg’s new Feis Isle bottling Ardcore is a celebration of all things punk – the music, the aesthetics, the attitude. The whisky, which is said to “punkture your palate and trash your taste buds”, (more…)

FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch Two (Review)

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Following up on my recent review of Batch One of FABLE Whisky’s delicate Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, I have now also written tasting notes for Batch Two. It constitutes a great addition to the range – especially due to the fact that it has a totally different character than Batch One. (more…)