Scotland

“Deconstruction” Whisky Tasting with Lindores Abbey Distillery & Prineus GmbH (Tasting)

Lindores Abbey is a young distillery. And yet the place is rich with lore and history. After all, it is the home turf of the fabled monk John Cor, whose name is inseperably attached to the first-ever mention of whisky or uisge beatha in recorded history. (more…)

3x Scotch Whisky from The GlenAllachie’s Wine Cask Series (Review Flight)

The GlenAllachie Wine Cask Series (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Oak Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

With Billy Walker at the helm, The GlenAllachie has undergone a terrific transformation! Whereas the Speyside unit was mostly a supplier for blends in the past, it has now made a name for itself as a #1 source for single malts, single casks and even premium blends (more…)

North Star Whisky: Blind Tasting w/ @WhiskyGermany (Tasting)

North Star Spirits Virtual Whisky Tasting (Single Malt Independent Bottler Scotch Event BarleyMania)

For Iain Croucher, the founder and mainman of Scottish indie bottler North Star Spirits, whisky is a pretty simple thing. At the end of the day, he claims, a good bottling must only meet four criteria: It must be honest. It must be fun. It must be tasty. And it must be opened and shared. (more…)

Douglas Laing’s “Whisky Discovery” Tasting – Remarkable Malts (Tasting)

Douglas Laing & Co.'s Whisky Discovery Tasting (4x Remarkable Regional Malts Scotch Zoom Event BarleyMania)

The recent “Whisky Discovery” tasting by Douglas Laing marked a novelty in the company’s 70-plus-year history: This was the first time that the Glasgow-based malt mavens gave their fans the chance to taste a new selection of drams exclusively before the official release. (more…)

Glen Moray 10 Years Old by Claxton’s (Review)

Glen Moray 10yo by Claxton's (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Often when I utter the term “fruit bomb”, I use it to describe a slightly older dram that has spent – let’s say – 16 or more years in the cask. That is because it usually takes a certain amount of time before those full-on fruit notes reached the climax of their development. (more…)

Virtual Whisky Gala – Glenfiddich Grand Series Launch Event (Event)

Glenfiddich 26yo Grande Couronne Virtual Launch Event (Single Malt Speyside Whisky Grant Series Tasting BarleyMania)

In one regard, whisky is like music. Just as everyone can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won, there is also the right whisky for just about any given occurence. Some are made to embrace the occasion, some are made to celebrate the occasion (more…)

3x Special Whisky Releases by Tobermory & Ledaig: Port, Oloroso & PX (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Islands Whisky by Ledaig & Tobermory (Port Oloroso PX Cask Finish Tasting Notes Blog)

Following your favorite whisky brands and folks on social media is a good idea. First and foremost, it helps you to stay up to date about new releases, interesting developments and special offers. Plus, it might even get you something extra from time to time. (more…)

Benromach 11yo “Germany Exclusive” by Schlumberger (Review)

Benromach 11yo Vintage 2009 ex-Bourbon casks for Schlumberger (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

There is a lot I love about Schlumberger, the German importer of such fantastic brands as Benromach, Kavalan or Penderyn. One particular thing I like: Besides making sure that us Germans have good access to the core releases from the above-mentioned distilleries (more…)

BenRiach 10yo “12.48 – Hoppy madness” by The SMWS (Review)

Benriach 10yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Craft Beer Cask Tasting Notes Blog)

I love whisky, I love craft beer. And I love it when the two intertwine. One bottling, in which this happens, is the 10-years-old BenRiach from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society called “Hoppy madness”. After an initial maturation in ex-bourbon barrels, this crisp Speysider (more…)

Imperial 22yo Single Cask by Chapter 7 Whisky (Review)

Imperial 22yo by Chapter 7 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Ghost Distillery Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

From Scotland’s various ghost distilleries, Imperial in Speyside still ranks among the more accessible ones. Sure, new Imperial bottlings do not exactly pop up twice or thrice a week. And when they do, they do not sell for bargain prices. Yet, it is much easier and cheaper (more…)