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The Glen Els Triple Port (Review)

The Glen Els Triple Port (Special Edition Harzer Single Malt Whisky Finish Tasting Notes)

One of the whiskies I like most is not made in Scotland or Ireland or even Japan. It is manufactured in the middle of Germany, in the beautiful low mountain range Harz. By now, you might have guessed that I am speaking of The Glen Els, which is produced at Hammerschmiede (more…)

Big Peat – Christmas Edition 2015 (Review)

Big Peat - Christmas Edition 2015 (Douglas Laing Blended Islay Scotch Whisky Bowmore Ardbeg Coal Ila Heavily Peated Whisky)

No festive season is complete without a couple of visits from our favorite Ileach, Big Peat. Underneath his weather-beaten shell, this gentle giant has a heart of gold. And this makes him the perfect guest on long winter evenings that see the sun setting at 4pm (more…)

Glenalba 35yo – Sherry Cask Finish (Review)

Glenalba 35yo Sherry Cask Finish (Barley Mania Blended Whisky Scotland Scotch Lidl Old Glenalba 35)

I do not often get to enjoy a whisky older than myself. While I am not too fixated on age statements, I have to admit that I find the concept of such a well-aged dram rather fascinating; to think that the liquid spent more time in the barrel than I did on this planet is quite mind-boggling. (more…)

Kilchoman Machir Bay – Tour Edition 2015 (Review)

BarleyMania - Kilchoman Machir Bay - Tour Edition 2015 (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review Tasting Notes Isle of Islay Heavily Peated Cask Strength Limited)

Not long ago, Islay superstars Kilchoman shipped 12,000 new bottles of their Original Cask Strength malt. While I have yet to lay hands on said liquid, I am fortunate to call another cask strength release by Kilchoman my own, namely the Machir Bay – Tour Edition 2015. (more…)

Amrut Herald – 3rd Batch (Review)

BarleyMania - Team (Single Malt Whisky India Helgoland Cask Strength Dram Review Tasting Notes)

Although I was born and raised in the very North of Germany, I have never been to Helgoland – Germany’s only island in the open sea – before last year. Yet, the long weekend I spent there in June of 2015 instantly turned the remote isle into one of my favorite places in the world. (more…)