Scotland

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…)

Bladnoch Tasting with David Prior in Hamburg (Event)

Bladnoch Tasting by Alba Import in Hamburg (Lowlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky Event)

“When you set forth to buy a Scotch distillery”, whisky entrepreneur David Prior smirked, “you won’t find one. The distillery will find you”. With this remark, the well-spoken Australian referred to the fact that it is incredibly hard to obtain a whisky production site on Scottish soil (more…)

“Twins & Twins” – Hansemalt’s Whisky Wednesday with The SMWS (Tasting)

Hansemalt The SMWS Tasting in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Islay Event)

For nearly two years, Chris Rickert (owner of Hansemalt and organizer of Hanse Spirit) was the official brand ambassador for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in my hometown of Hamburg. Sadly, the two parties went separate ways at the end of 2018. (more…)

4 Whisky Stars from the Millennial Range by North Star (Review Flight)

The Millenial Range by North Star Whisky (Highlands Speyside Islands Islay Single Malt Scotch Bottlings BarleyMania)

With The Millennial Range, accomplished indie bottler North Star Spirits added a new series of single cask bottlings to its portfolio. Unlike the company’s other products, these whiskies are released with a unified ABV of 50 per cent and no distillery mentioned on the label. (more…)

Caol Ila 14yo by Gordon & MacPhail (Review)

Caol Ila 14yo Connosoir's Choice by Gordon & MacPhail (Peated Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Cask)

As a marketer by profession, I am quite susceptible to good storytelling and well-conceived ad campaigns. Still, I am also always happy when a whisky manages to catch my attention without supplementary hoo-ha. This 14-year-old Caol Ila from Gordon & MacPhail’s (more…)