Single Malt

Balmenach “48.98 – Bubblegum church candle” by SMWS (Review)

Balmenach 9yo Bubblegum Church Candle by The SMWS (Single Malt Speyside Scotch Society Tasting Notes)

My girlfriend and I bought this Balmenach 9yo at The Vaults, the spiritual home of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, on the first day of our latest trip to Scotland. To be honest, we predominantly picked it because it was one of the cheapest whiskies they had on sale. (more…)

Syndicate 58/6 & Aberlour 21yo “Architecture of Taste” (Rev. Flight)

Syndicate 58/6 by Douglas Laing & Aberlour 21yo by Whic (Single Cask Blended Malt Whisy Bourbon Sherry Oloroso Tasting Notes)

Usually, I either buy the whiskies I introduce on BarleyMania myself or borrow them from friends. But every now and then, I also receive a sample from a distillery or from an independent bottler. Although I understand that some of you might question the impartiality (more…)

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

"Day Of The 100 Open Bottles" at Pinkernell's Whisky Market in Berlin (Single Malt Cask Dram Tasting Event)

When you operate a well-sorted whisk(e)y shop, host regular tasting events and attend a lot of fairs as an exhibitor, you will naturally end up with quite a few open bottles in your assortment. To solve this luxury problem, Pinkernells Whisky Market in Berlin (more…)

4 Single Cask Whiskies by Claxton’s (Review Flight)

4 Single Cask Whisky Bottlings by Claxton's (Malt Scotch Independent Arran Auchroisk Miltonduff Glenturret)

Although I got these samples directly from Yorkshire-based whisky company Claxton’s, I have not indicated them as promotional items (as I usually do in such cases). That’s because I did not receive them in my function as editor for BarleyMania, but as a whisky fan “in private”: (more…)

Williamson 2005 by Spirit & Cask Range (Whisky)

I must confess that this single cask bottling from the Spirit & Cask Range did not sound too tempting to me at first. In this age span, you find quite a lot of bourbon-matured whiskies from Southern Islay; and usually they are a bit more friendly to your wallet. (more…)