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Bottle Market 2019 – Whisky and Spirits Fair (Event)

Bottle Market 2019 in Bremen (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Spirits Fair Event Tasting)

Back in 2015, Bremen’s Bottle Market was the first-ever whisk(e)y fair I attended. Since then I continued to go there four more times, not missing a single instalment. It is safe to say: Bottle Market is one of my favorite dramming events of the year. (more…)

3 Single Cask Whiskies from The SMWS, The Barreliers and Whic (Review Flight)

3x Single Malt Cask Scotch Whisky by The SMWS, Barrliers & Whic (Independent Release Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Three independent bottlings. Three different distilleries. Three individual flavor profiles. Three unique stories – squeezed into one blog post! Admittedly, on the first glimpse there is not much of a common denominator between the members of this tasting trio. (more…)

Fary Lochan 6yo “141.1 – Dramlet: the Dark Prince of Denmark!” by SMWS (Review)

Fary Lochan 6yo by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Danish Sherry Dram Tasting Notes)

“To be or not to be?” – In case of “Dramlet: the Dark Prince of Denmark!” there is but one reply to the great playwright William Shakespeare’s existential question. And that is “To be!” on all levels. To be the first Danish whisky in the portfolio of the renowned Scotch Malt Whisky Society. (more…)

Ardmore 10yo “66.150 – Smoke, soot and tarry ropes” by SMWS (Review)

Ardmore 10yo Smoke Soot and Tarry Ropes by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (Single Cask Highland Dram Tasting Notes)

In the context of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, the number 66 is a lot more than just two digits clinging to each other. In The Society’s distillery code system it refers to the Beam Suntory-owned Highlands unit Ardmore. And at least in my opinion, this busy production site is always worth checking out. Traditionally, The SMWS has a particularly good nose (more…)

Strathisla 12yo “58.31 – Berried alive” by SMWS (Review)

Strathisla 12yo "Berried Alive" by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS Speyside Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When I stumbled upon this bottling in The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s outturn catalogue, it struck all the right notes with me: The number 58 stands for a renowned distillery that rarely finds its way into an independent release (namely Strathisla from Speyside). (more…)

Craigellachie 11yo “44.97 – Sweet, succulent shape-shifter” by SMWS (Review)

Craigellachie 11yo by The SMWS (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Society Speyside Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

In mystery shows like “Supernatural“, shape-shifters often fill the roles of sly and devious antagonists that use their transformation abilities to mislead the heroes and perform their vile deeds unnoticed. This special breed of shape-shifter, which hails from Craigellachie Distillery (more…)

“SMWS X Buddelship” Whisky & Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam (Tasting)

The SMWS X Buddelship Whisky Craft Beer Tasting at Bar Oorlam in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Boilermaker Event)

When you are looking for a whisky tasting with a twist in Hamburg, Gearoid O’Callaghan, also known as The Whisky Jack, is the man to talk to.  In addition to Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y, he is also well-versed in coffee, craft beer and trend food. (more…)

“Twins & Twins” – Hansemalt’s Whisky Wednesday with The SMWS (Tasting)

Hansemalt The SMWS Tasting in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Speyside Islay Event)

For nearly two years, Chris Rickert (owner of Hansemalt and organizer of Hanse Spirit) was the official brand ambassador for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in my hometown of Hamburg. Sadly, the two parties went separate ways at the end of 2018. (more…)