Single Malt

3x Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton’s and North Star (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Whic, Claxton's & North Star Spirits (Sherry Cask Hogshead Blog Review Notes BarleyMania)

Recently, Whic.de sent me a sample of part two of their Tarot series. The whisky in question is a 13-year-old Deanston called “The High Priestess”. Like its predecessor, it originates from the stock of indie bottling giant Signatory Vintage (more…)

Glasgow 1770 Whisky “Peated – Release No.1” (Review)

Glasgow 1770 Whisky Peated Release No. 1 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Lowlands Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

One thing I love about whisky is the fact that it is so much more than just a rich, versatile and well-tasting drink. It is also a carrier of lore, a bringer of joy, a patron of togetherness and an ignitor of the imagination. Often, it only takes one sniff and one sip to unlock the most amazing thoughts (more…)

Octomore Masterclass 08.2 by Bruichladdich (Review)

Octomore Masterclass 08.2 by Bruichladdich (Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

On New Year’s Eve I am all for smoke albeit in the glass and not in the air! One whisky brand that you can always count on in this regard is Octomore by Bruichladdich. Whenever a malt gets released under the Octomore banner, you can be sure that it is packed to the brim (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…)

Sansibar Whisky: Virtual Blind Tasting w/ @WhiskyGermany (Tasting)

Sansibar Whisky Blind Tasting via Zoom (Single Cask Malt Scotch Indie Bottling Blog BarleyMania)

On December 17, I turned on my computer and started Zoom to meet with more than 20 other whisky nerds from Germany and the Netherlands. Our pursuit: a virtual blind tasting with our common friend Basti, who is active on Instagram with the profile @WhiskyGermany. (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…)

3x Scotch from DeinWhisky.de – Cameronbridge, Bunnahabhain & Tamdhu (Review Flight)

3x Scotch Whisky by DeinWhisky.de (Single Malt Grain Douglas Laing Cameronbridge Bunnahabhain Islay Tamdhu Tasting Notes Blog)

New exclusives from DeinWhisky.de always get me excited. For these special bottlings, the shop’s owner Sebastian always teams up with renowned distilleries or bottlers. Most recently, he has done so with Glasgow-based whisky company Douglas Laing and (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…)

Bushmills Irish Whiskey – Open Tasting at Alsterhaus (Event)

Bushmills Irish Whiskey Open Tasting at Alsterhaus in Hamburg (10yo Cognac Cask 28yo Malaga Causeway Collection)

At the end of 2020, many things in our lives are much different from how they were in the previous years. Be it working, traveling, commuting, socializing, shopping or running daily errants – the corona pandemic has turned pretty much all of our routines upside down. (more…)

Benromach 45 Years Old (Review)

Benromach 45yo (Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Earlier this year, one of my favorite Scotch distilleries, Benromach, completely overhauled their corporate identity and bottle design. At first, it took me a bit to adjust to the new look and feel. But now I am happy to say: I love it! It tells a story. It sticks out. (more…)