Scotland

3 Single Cask Whiskies from The SMWS, The Barreliers and Whic (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Cask Scotch Whisky by The SMWS, Barrliers & Whic (Independent Release Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Three independent bottlings. Three different distilleries. Three individual flavor profiles. Three unique stories – squeezed into one blog post! Admittedly, on the first glimpse there is not much of a common denominator between the members of this tasting trio. (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…)

Ardmore 10yo “66.150 – Smoke, soot and tarry ropes” by SMWS (Review)

Ardmore 10yo Smoke Soot and Tarry Ropes by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Highland Dram Tasting Notes)

In the context of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the number 66 is a lot more than just two digits clinging to each other. In The Society’s distillery code system it refers to the Beam Suntory-owned Highlands unit Ardmore. And at least in my opinion, this busy production site is always worth checking out. Traditionally, The SMWS has a particularly good nose (more…)

4 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from North Star’s Series 008 (Review Flight)

4x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by North Star Spirits (Indepdendent Bottler Auchroisk Inchgower Glenglassaugh Glenturret Tasting Notes)

A few weeks ago, I introduced the three grain whiskies from North Star Spirits’ recent Series 008 here on my blog. Today, I follow up with the malts. All in all, company owner Iain Croucher bottled four exquisite casks that fall into this category. They are between 8 and 13 years old (more…)

3 old Grain Whiskies from North Star’s Series 008 (Review Flight)

3x Grain Whisky by North Star (Single Blend Scotch Cask Indpendent Bottler Tasting Notes)

No grain, no glory! With three out of seven expressions being made from other ingredients than malted barley, Series 008 of North Star Spirits grants grain whisky a prominent spot in the limelight. And the bottlings that Iain Croucher and his team picked for their latest line (more…)

Craigellachie 11yo “44.97 – Sweet, succulent shape-shifter” by SMWS (Review)

Craigellachie 11yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Society Speyside Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In mystery shows like “Supernatural“, shape-shifters often fill the roles of sly and devious antagonists that use their transformation abilities to mislead the heroes and perform their vile deeds unnoticed. This special breed of shape-shifter, which hails from Craigellachie Distillery (more…)