Scotland

5 Whiskies by Claxton’s: Tobermory, Caol Ila & more (Review Flight)

5x Single Cask Whisky from Claxton's (Scotch Malt Dram Longmorn Miltonduff Tobermory Loch Lomond Caol Ila Speyside Islay Notes)

Earlier this month, I was pleasantly surprised to find this sample set in my mailbox. It includes Claxton’s entire Spring 2019 outturn. Again, the English indie bottler picked a wide-spread selection of drams, ranging from an almost shy Speysider (Longmorn 10yo) (more…)

“SMWS X Buddelship” Whisky & Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam (Tasting)

The SMWS X Buddelship Whisky Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Boilermaker Event)

When you are looking for a whisky tasting with a twist in Hamburg, Gearoid O’Callaghan, also known as The Whisky Jack, is the man to talk to.  In addition to Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y, he is also well-versed in coffee, craft beer and trend food. (more…)

Big Peat’s 10th Birthday Party with The Gauldrons and Scallywag (Whisky Flight)

Remarkable Malts Birthday Party with Big Peat 10yo, Scallywag 12yo & The Gauldrons (Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Notes)

When a superstar of the whisky world, such as Douglas Laing’s Islay-born Big Peat, celebrates his birthday, the guestlist looks exquisite. Today, I am happy to introduce you to three high-percentage party animals that came together to celebrate the afore-mentioned occasion. (more…)

2 Lowlands Whiskies by Kingsbarns and Bladnoch (Review Flight)

2x Lowlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Kingsbarns and Bladnoch (Vibrant Stills Scotland Dram Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Recently, I attended two special tasting events hosted by Vibrant Stills, the German distributor of a fine selection of whisky brands from Scotland, Ireland and beyond. First, there was the German kick-off for Dream To Dram, the much anticipated debut release (more…)

4 Single Cask Whiskies from North Star’s Series 006 (Review Flight)

4x Single Cask Scotch Whisky by North Star Spirits (Bladnoch Glentauchers Miltonduff Tobermory Lowlands Speyside Scotland Malt Tasting Notes)

Last month, I reviewed the four members of North Star’s new Millennial Range here on my blog. Now, I follow up with four other bottlings from Series 006 – which will soon make way for Series 007 to become the most recent batch of North Star releases. (more…)

Bladnoch appoints Dr. Nick Savage as Master Distiller (News)

Dr. Nick Savage to become Master Distiller at Bladnoch Distillery (Lowlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky Macallan News)

At the recent promo event in Hamburg, Bladnoch’s owner David Prior already hinted at the fact that the resurrected Lowlands unit was going to appoint a well-known industry figure as their new master distiller very soon. Today, they let the cat out of the bag on their social media profiles. (more…)

3 new Whiskies by Whic: Mackmyra, Ben Nevis & Glen Moray (Review Flight)

3x Single Cask Scotch Whisky by Which (Mackmyra Ben Nevis Glen Moray Speyside Malt Dram Tasting Notes)

Munich-based whisky company Whic.de is a lot more than just a mailorder. Besides selling bottles and samples through their website, they also moderate a vivid community page on Facebook and operate as an independent bottler. (more…)

3 Whiskies by Paul’s Prime, Jura and Compass Box (Review Flight)

3 Samples by Paul's Prime, Jura and Compass Box (Single Malt Scotch German Blended Whisky Bottling Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

During my three-day stint at Hanse Spirit, which I attended as a fan and as an exhibitor this year, I got slipped a few samples. Stylistically, the drams from Paul’s Prime (The Nine Springs 3yo), Jura Distillery (Tastival 2016) and Compass Box (Flaming Heart 2018) (more…)