Scotland

Strathearn Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch 001 (Review)

Strathearn Batch 001 by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Highlands Scotch Whisky Sherry Blog Tasting Notes)

The minute Strathearn Distillery started out on their own in 2013 and got acquired by Douglas Laing in 2019. Shortly after, they launched their first official release, simply titled Batch 001. To be honest, I had overlooked it at first. But then I won a 20 per cent voucher (more…)

3 Indie Bottlings from DeinWhisky.de – Tobermory & Laphroaig (Review Flight)

3x Exclusive Indie Bottling by DeinWhisky.de with Claxton's and Malts of Scotland (Tobermory Laphroaig Single Cask Scotch Whisky)

German mailorder DeinWhisky.de carries a great selection of malts, grains and blends from all over the world – including a number of exclusives. They regularly cooperate with distilleries and indie bottlers to bring special releases to their online shop. (more…)

“Battle axe” Islay Blended Malt by The SMWS (Review)

Battle Axe by The SMWS (Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Society Bottle Tasting Notes)

“Grandfather, tell me a story,” the little boy asked. “All right,” replied the old man, “Go and get your storybook.” The youngster shook his head: “No, no. Not one of those. A real story! Tell me about the last whisky you had!” The grandfather’s eyes lit up: “Well, then … (more…)

Invergorden 22yo by Old Particular (Review)

Invergordon 22yo Old Particular Easter Edition (Single Grain Scotch Whisky Cask Douglas Laing Blog Tasting Notes)

Last year, Douglas Laing introduced a 22-year-old Auchentoshan as the Old Particular line’s official Halloween bottling. It came in a wooden box, sported all kinds of creepy critters on the label and had a black wax bottle cap. I bought it, opened it and was in love. (more…)

Teaninich 12yo by Old Particular (Review)

Teaninich 12yo Old Particular by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Cask Hightlands Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog)

A couple of days ago, I spoke with a whisky buddy of mine, who named Teaninich as his favorite distillery. This was a first for me. Usually, people drop other names during such a conversation: The Macallan, Springbank, Bruichladdich or Tobermory, for example. (more…)

3x “Nymphs of Whisky” by Whic.de – Arran, Craigellachie & Secret Speyside (Review Flight)

Recently, Whic.de released Batch 2 of its “Nymphs of Whisky” series. It consists of four single cask releases from Scotland, namely a Glen Moray 11yo, an Arran 13yo, a Craigellachie 12yo and a Secret Speyside 14yo. The Glen Moray, I already introduced here on BarleyMania (more…)

Arran Whisky Masterclass with Mariella Romano (Tasting)

“Our founder was a visonary, a pioneer and a crazy man,” quips Arran’s global brand ambassador Mariella Romano. And indeed: Besides vision, passion, resolve and a “just do it”-kinda attitude, it also takes a certain amount of craziness to tackle a project like Arran Distillery. (more…)

“Oh, sweet Scotland” Whisky Tasting by The SMWS (Tasting)

Besides their quality, the illustrious single cask releases of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are also known for their clever names and elaborate tasting notes. The latter often include references to British sweets that drammers from the mainland might not be familiar with. (more…)