Single Cask

Glen Moray 12yo Handfilled (Review)

Glen Moray 12yo Handfilled (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Whisky Cask Strength Distillery Tour Exclusive Tasting Notes)

When visiting a distillery, one of the best souvenirs you can take home is a bottle that is exclusively available on site. While some production units offer these special releases as prefabricated bottlings that can be grabbed directly from the shelf, others not only sell you the whisky itself (more…)

Laphroaig “29.234 – Smoked & salted toffee apples” by SMWS (Review)

Laphroaig 27yo "29.234 Smoked and salted toffee apples" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Islay Peated Dram Vaults)

The Vaults. That mythical place in the north of Edinburgh, where 35 years ago the world’s most illustrious whisky club – the Scotch Malt Whisky Society – was founded. Today, the former wine warehouse still serves as a high-class bar and meeting room for the Society’s members. (more…)

“Day Of The 100 Open Bottles” at Pinkernell’s Whisky Market in Berlin (Event)

Day of the 100 Open Bottles at Pinkernell's Whisky Market in Berlin (Single Malt Scotch Bottling Tasting Event Claxton's Jack Wievers)

Every end is also a beginning. So when his contract with Cadenhead’s ended after 13 years, whisky vet Klaus Pinkernell looked forward rather than back. And not even half a year later, he opened a new store called Pinkernell’s Whisky Market in Berlin-Friedrichshain. (more…)

Dalmore 24yo by Cadenhead’s (Review)

Dalmore 24yo Rum Finish by Cadenhead's (Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky Cask Strength)

This Dalmore by Scotland’s oldest independent bottler Cadenhead’s is a real luxury dram. Not only has it aged for almost a quarter of a century, but also has it received a rum cask finish of such remarkable length that it could almost be considered a double maturation (more…)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star (Review)

Glenturret 8yo by North Star Spirits (Single Malt Highlands Scotch Whisky Cask Strength Bourbon Tasting Notes)

Two times a year, Glasgow’s North Star Spirits releases a new selection of single cask whiskies. And two times a year, I order at least one bottle from their latest series. After obtaining a muscular grain by Port Dundas in round one and a fruity malt by Linkwood in round two (more…)

Laphroaig 16yo Directors’ Cut by Douglas Laing (Whisky)

When a whisky legend like Fred Laing, who has been working in the industry for half a century (and counting), hand-picks a cask for a special occasion, you know that liquid greatness is inbound. And indeed, I cannot think of a better term to describe this 16-year-old Laphroaig, (more…)

The SMWS “All Things Peaty” Tasting by Hansemalt (Event)

SMWS "All Things Peaty" Tasting (Hansemalt Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ardbeg Bunnahabhain Ardmore Bowmore Highland Park)

For several months, I was struggling with myself wether I should become a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society or not. Throughout this time I tried several bottlings of theirs and not once was I disappointed. In addition, my wife also enjoyed almost every SMWS dram (more…)

6 incredible XOP Whiskies by Douglas Laing, pt. 1 (Review Flight)

Xtra Old Particular by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Grain Scotch Whisky North British Littlemill Macallan Cask)

When picking a whisky, the mere age of the distillate is hardly ever the key criteria on which I base my decision. Having already enjoyed more than just a few NAS bottlings and youngsters of exceptional quality, I have learned that there are beautiful whiskies of all ages (more…)

Glen Elgin 20yo “Tropical Fruit Banquet” by Wemyss (Review)

Glen Elgin 20yo by Wemyss Malts "Tropical Fruit Banquet" (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask)

Most of the time, composing tasting notes for a single cask bottling by Wemyss Malts is pretty easy. Cause thankfully the family-owned independent bottler has a habit of picking very telling names for its whiskies that usually do the character of the associated spirit great justice. (more…)