Whiskey

Bottle Market 2022 in Bremen – “Spirits All Over” – Part Two (Fair)

Bottle Market 2022 in Bremen - Northern Germany's Whisky and Spirits Fair

Following up on “Part One” of my Bottle Market 2022 recap, here comes “Part Two”. It covers the second leg of my visit to one of Northern Germany’s leading whisky and spirits fairs. Again, I stopped by at the stalls of many fantastic exhibitors – such as Prineus GmbH from Kiel, (more…)

Bottle Market 2022 in Bremen – “Spirits All Over” – Part One (Fair)

Bottle Market 2022 in Bremen - Northern Germany's Whisky and Spirits Fair

Every year in November, my friends and I head to Bremen for a day of tasting, laughing, and exploring at Bottle Market – one of my absolute favorite whisky and spirits fairs up here in the north. This year I enjoyed my visit to the fullest, trying quite a big number of drams. (more…)

Black Cask Blend by Beara Distillery (Review)

Header image of Black Cask Blend by Beara Distillery in Ireland (via BarleyMania Whisky Blog)

I had my first touchpoint with Beara Distillery a couple of weeks ago at Just Whisky Hamburg. There, I met the founder of the small production site, John Power, at the booth of Irish Whiskeys. While I sipped a generous dram of Black Cask Blend, he told me more about it: (more…)

Borco World of Whisky Festival 2022 in Hamburg (Event)

Borco World of Whisky Festival 2022 in Hamburg with Teeling, Tamdhu, Glengoyne, Nikka and more

After two crazy years, the world is slowly but steadily getting back to normal. For us drammers, this also means that many of our favorite events are finally making a much-anticipated return. One such happening, which I am especially glad to see back at its old strength, (more…)

“Bourbon & Rye” Virtual Tasting with Lux Row Distillers (Tasting)

Header image of Lux Row Distillers & Prineus GmbH Virtual Bourbon & Rye Tasting

The regular BarleyMania readers will know it: I am mostly a malt whisky guy; bourbon and rye – though fantastic categories – only find their way into my glass occasionally. Against this background, I was extra-happy when spirits distributor Prineus GmbH invited me (more…)

4x Special Bottling from Irish Whiskeys and Ball of Malt Tastings (Review Flight)

4x Special Bottling by Irish Whiskeys and Ball of Malt Tastings (Single Malt Cask Peat Ireland BarleyMania Blog Tasting Notes)

I had a splendid time visiting the Irish Whiskeys booth at Bottle Market this year! During my stay, I had a nice chat with my old buddy Thorsten Frahling (Ball of Malt Tastings) and his partner-in-crime for the weekend, Daithi O’Connell (more…)

Bottle Market 2021 – Whisky and Spirits Fair in Bremen (Fair)

Bottle Market 2021 in Bremen ("Taste the Spirit" Whisky Fair Festival Event Tasting BarleyMania)

Located at Hall 7 of Messe Bremen, Bottle Market is one of Northern Germany’s biggest whisky and spirits fairs. And at least in my humble opinion it is also one of the absolute best! The three-day event is centrally located in direct vicinity of Bremen’s main train station. (more…)

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Review)

Heaven's Door Double Barrel American Whiskey (Bob Dylan Dram Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Usually, I am not too intrigued by celebrity-owned or -endorsed brands. For example, I always liked Becks as a player. But I have not yet bought a bottle of that grain whisky, whose – admittedly good looking – face he is. With Heaven’s Door Whiskey it is slightly different. (more…)