Review

Cley 4 Years Old “Secret Islay Batch No.1” (Review)

Header image of Cley Dutch Single Malt Whisky 4yo "Secret Islay Batch No.1"

Over the last couple of years, the mastermind behind the minute Cley Distillery in Rotterdam, Paul den Dulk, has amassed a nice selection of casks several of which were previously used by highly renowned production sites across the world. (more…)

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

Header image of Williamson 7yo Blended Malt Islay Scotch Whisky by Dram Mor

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…)

FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch Two (Review)

Full shot of FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - Batch Two

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…)

5x Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Berry Bros. & Rudd’s “Autumn 2021” Outturn (Review Flight)

Berry Bros & Rudd - Autumn 2021 Outturn (Independent Bottler Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Lately, long-serving British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd created quite a buzz in the whisky scene with the release of “The Nordic Casks”. Ever since its launch, this four-piece selection of premium bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), High Coast (Sweden), Myken (Norway), (more…)

2x Scotch Whisky from The Uncharted Whisky Co. – Loch Lomond 14yo & Secret Islay 30yo (Review)

The Uncharted Whisky Co. - Secret Islay 30yo & Loch Lomond 14yo (Independent Single Malt Cask Bottling Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Not too long ago, I had my first touchpoint with the new Scottish indie bottler The Uncharted Whisky Co., when I reviewed their GlenAllachie 13 Years Old here on my blog. Now the company’s German importer DeinWhisky.de has send me two more samples to check out: (more…)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Review Flight)

1x Brandy by Whic & 1x Bourbon by North Star (Single Malt Spirit Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In their capacity as indie bottlers, Whic.de are known and respected for their high-quality whisky releases. Recently, they have strayed from that path a bit and for the first time launched another kind of spirit under their name: a Late Bottled Brandy from Thompson Bros. (more…)

3x Single Cask Scotch Whisky from DeinWhisky.de – Ben Nevis, Tomatin & Secret Speyside (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de (Ben Nevis Secret Speyside Tomatin Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

For his latest batch of exclusives, Sebastian of DeinWhisky.de has joined forces with two very renowned indie bottlers: Sansibar Whisky from Germany and Hart Brothers from Scotland. From these two companies, Sebastian sourced three really special drops: (more…)

3x Peated Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – MacNair’s Lum Reek NAS, 12yo & 21yo (Review Flight)

3x McNair's Lum Reek Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (The GlenAllachie Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Named after a legendary Glasgow-based whisky maker from the 19th century, MacNair’s Lum Reek is a line of peated blended malts in the portfolio of The GlenAllachie Distillery. It encompasses three expressions: NAS, 12 Years Old and 21 Years Old. (more…)