Whisky

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…)

Spica 20yo and Vega 41yo by North Star Whisky (REVIEW FLIGHT)

Spica 20yo and Vega 41yo by North Star Spirit (Premium Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Sherry Cask Tasting Notes Review Blog)

Having started as an independent bottler of high-quality single malt whiskies (plus the occasional grain or bourbon thrown in between), North Star has recently also made a name for itself as a blender. Their first such bottling, Vega 23yo, took the whisky community by storm (more…)

The Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin (Bar)

The Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin, Speyside (Scotland Whisky Bar Restaurant Pub Afterwork Drink Place)

“When you are in Elgin, make sure to stop by at The Drouthy Cobbler for a dram and a nibble!” – While planning my first-ever visit to Speyside, I did not hear this advice once or twice, but at least a dozen times. As this left me with no other option than checking the much-praised venue out (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…)