Single Cask

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask – German Selection by Schlumberger (Review)

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask by German Selection for Schlumberger (Single Malt Welsh Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

One thing I really love about whisky is this: It’s one helluva complex and versatile drink; and no matter what a dram’s characteristics are old or young, strong or mild, peaty or fruity, and so on – it always has the potential to blow you right out of your socks! (more…)

North of Scotland 50yo by Sansibar Whisky for DeinWhisky.de (Review)

North of Scotland 50yo by DeinWhisky.de & Sansibar (Single Cask Grain Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Now and again, I invest in whisky. When I do so, however, I don’t aim for a quick buck or a huge margin. Rather, I go for a special experience and a rich moment. One example of such an investment is my recent purchase of DeinWhisky.de’s fifth anniversary bottling: a 50-year-old grain (more…)

Loch Lomond 12yo from a Pineau des Charentes Hogshead (Review)

Loch Lomond 12yo Pineau des Charentes (Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When Loch Lomond Distillery’s local importer Wein Wolf released this single cask bottling on the German market in late 2021, I learned two things from it: First, I discovered that Pineau des Charentes casks can be really well-suited for whisky maturation. (more…)

2x “Secret Speyside” Single Cask Bottling by DeinWhisky.de & Sansibar Whisky (Review Flight)

Secret Speyside 26yo & 28yo by DeinWhisky.de (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sanisbar Exclusive BarleyMania)

Merry Christmas, everyone! For this special occasion, I have chosen a whisky duo that is not Christmas-themed per se, but perfectly suited for the occasion nonetheless. I am speaking of two Secret Speyside single cask releases by Sansibar Whisky, which are exclusively (more…)

The Barrel Baron: “In regard to our whisky, the highest priority is quality” (Interview)

The Barrel Baron from the Netherlands (Dutch Independent Single Cask Whisky Bottler Interview BarleyMania)

Though I only discovered Dutch whisky company The Barrel Baron recently, I am already a fan. After all, co-founder Marcel Kip and his partners are total malt maniacs offering both top-quality indie bottlings and exclusive cask shares. (more…)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Whisky (Review)

Starward 3yo by Berry Bros & Rudd for Kirsch Import (Australian Single Malt Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

This is a rather special bottling: After all, Starward from Australia is the first distillery outside of Scotland from which renowned indie bottlers Berry Bros & Rudd have released a whisky. That is all the more remarkable if you consider that Berry Bros & Rudd look back at a rich history, (more…)

Benromach 11yo from a 1st Fill Sherry Cask – German Selection by Schlumberger (Review)

Benromach 12yo Sherry Cask for Germany (Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

In mid-2020, Benromach unveiled its new corporate identity and bottle design. Much to the surprise of the global dramming community, the distillery completely abandoned its previous artisan look and feel. Instead, they re-branded themselves with a bold, oldschool appearance. (more…)

Secret Speyside 12yo by Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice (Review)

Secret Speyside 12yo by Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Malt Scotch PX Sherry Hogshead Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

Right in time for Christmas, the good people of Weinquelle Lühmann launched their second indie bottling. Like the Caol Ila 10yo they put out in November, this one also appears under the new-found label Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice. Whereas the first release was aimed at the peatheads (more…)

Glasgow Distillery: “The first single cask release from 1770 Whisky” (Interview)

Glasgow Distillery 1770 Whisky (Lowlands Single Malt Cask Kirsch Import Talk Interview)

Sure thing: For any new distillery and their fans, the release of the first single cask bottling is a special happening. At Glasgow Distillery, the folks making the whisky on site – and the ones drinking it at home – experienced this recently. (more…)

Caol Ila 10yo Single Cask from Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice (Review)

Caol Ila 10yo by Weinquelle's Whisky Choice (Single Malt Scotch Islay Whisky Peated Tasting Notes BarleyMania Blog)

Recently, my favorite local dealer Weinquelle Lühmann launched its first indie bottling under the new label Weinquelle’s Whisky Choice. For this special occasion, they picked a classic dram from Caol Ila Distillery. It is 10 years old, matured in a hogshead and bottled at cask strength (more…)