Single Cask

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…)

Springbank 13yo by Whiskykanzler (Review)

Springbank 13yo by Whiskykanzler (Single Malt Scotch Dram Campbeltown Rum Cask Tasting Notes)

During my last stay in Berlin I visited the famous whisky pub Offside in the district of Wedding. Not only did I have a few very nice whiskies there, but I also persuaded the barkeeper to pass the almost-empty bottle of this Springbank 13yo on to me (more…)

Dalmore 16yo by The Maltman (Review)

Dalmore 16yo by The Maltman (Highlands Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Tasting Notes)

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you might have recognized that I really appreciate whiskies matured or at least finished in sherry casks. Here we go with a 16 years old Dalmore from The Maltman. It spent most of its maturation time in a bourbon cask (more…)

Cambus 25yo by The Whisky Chamber (Review)

Cambus 25yo by The Whisky Chamber (Single Cask Grain Scotch Whisky Sherry Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Not sure about you guys, but I tend to become a little reckless after a full evening of dramming at a whisky gathering. So before I left Kiel Whisky Fair in early May of this year, I went to the booth of The Whisky Chamber and bought this Cambus 25yo without even trying it. (more…)

Master Class at Helgoheiner’s (Event)

Master Class at Helgoheiner's (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottler Tasting)

There is no question that Helgoland, which is Germany’s only island in the open sea, is my favorite place in my entire homecountry. Not only is that red rock in the North Sea unbelievably beautiful, but it also makes you feel relaxed and chilled from the moment your feet touch its ground. (more…)

Tamdhu 16yo by Old Particular (Review)

Tamdhu 16yo by Old Particular (Single Cask Scotch Malt Whisky Douglas Laing BarleyMania Tasting Notes)

Each year in May there is a big market in Norderstedt’s municipal park, where you can find art, craft and regional food by retailers from Northern Germany. I really love strolling such markets on a Sunday afternoon. Not only do you find a lot of extremely delicious snacks there (more…)