Whisky

“Ambassador’s Choice” Single Cask Whisky Tasting by Loch Lomond (Tasting)

When I hear the name Loch Lomond Distillery, I immediately think of two things: variety and quality. Thanks to its complex hardware set-up and multi-faceted approach to whisky making, the large-sized Highlands unit is capable of producing an extremely wide range of styles all under one roof. (more…)

Fading Hill German Single Malt Whisky (Review)

Header image of Fading Hill German Single Malt Whisky

Not too long ago, my friend Aaron, who runs the very recommendable Drams United blog, visited the first Festival of German Whisky at Burg Scharfenstein in Thuringia. One of his most talked-about discoveries was a dram I did not know about before, namely Fading Hill Whisky (more…)

FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky – Batch Two (Review)

Full shot of FABLE Blended Malt Scotch Whisky - Batch Two

Following up on my recent review of Batch One of FABLE Whisky’s delicate Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, I have now also written tasting notes for Batch Two. It constitutes a great addition to the range – especially due to the fact that it has a totally different character than Batch One. (more…)

FABLE Whisky: “Bringing Scotland’s stories to life via her national drink” (Interview)

FABLE Whisky from Glasgow: Story-driven Indy Bottler ("The Ghost Piper of Clanyard Bay")

In my recent review for FABLE‘s Dailuaine 12 Years Old I claimed that “both [FABLE‘s] visuals and storytelling [were] pretty much unparalleled in the whisky world.“ That statement gets even more weight, I think, when you know that I have mad appreciation for captivating narratives (more…)

High Coast 8yo “The Nordic Casks” by Berry Bros & Rudd (Review)

Header image of High Coast Vintag 2013 "The Nordic Casks" by Berry Bros & Rudd

Last year, tradition-rich British indie bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd released a special set of whiskies drawn from single casks. Called “The Nordic Casks”, the exclusive selection included top-class bottlings from Fary Lochan (Denmark), Kyrö (Finland), Myken (Norway) (more…)

Dailuaine 11yo “Chapter Three: Moon” by FABLEWhisky (Review)

Header image of Dailuaine 11yo by Fable Whisky from Scotland (BarleyMania)

For as long as I can remember, I have felt attracted to the dark, the grotesque, and the obscure. No matter in what form it appears e.g., a gothic novel, a fright flick, or a horror-themed heavy metal album I always find the supernatural highly intriguing. (more…)

Thy Whisky No. 15 – Fjordboen (Review)

Header image of Thy Distillery No. 15 Fjordboen from Denmark (BarleyMania)

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I have developed quite a fondness of Danish whisky in the last few years. Consequently, I am always eager to check out new whiskies from this country. My latest discovery of such nature is Thy Whisky, which is made at a family-owned (more…)

Capital Whisky Club: Fundraiser Tasting, Raffle & Auction for Ukrainia on 1 March 2022 (News)

Charity Fundraiser for Unkrainian Refugees by Capital Whisky Club and The Melody Whisky Bar in London

Usually, the topics I tackle here on BarleyMania are fun and light-hearted. Not so today. Cause as I type, a war is raging in Europe. Ever since the first shots were fired on 24 February 2022, the sovereign state of Ukraine has been under heavy attack from Russian armed forces. (more…)

Auchentoshan 18yo “5.76 – Guyana comes to Glasgow” by The SMWS (Review)

Header image of Auchentoshan 18yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky by The SMWS

I love this rum cask-finished Auchentoshan’s nickname “Guyana comes to Glasgow”. Still, I would much more like to introduce a whisky called “Peace comes to Kyiv” on my blog these days. Let’s all hope that there will soon be cause for a bottling with such a name; (more…)