Whisky

Mars Whisky from Japan: Open Tasting at Weinquelle Lühmann in Hamburg (Tasting)

Open Mars Whisky Distillery Tasting at Weinquelle in Hamburg (Single Malt Japan Blend Cask Tasting Kirsch Event)

Hats off to Kirsch Whisky! Their North-German tasting tour for Mars Whisky – a Japanese brand they distribute here in Germany – was a lot more than just another promo event. Following up on the Whisky Live exhibition in Paris, Kirsch’s very own Andre Haberecht hit the road (more…)

BarleyMania Birthday Bash ’19: My 3rd big Whisky Raffle (Give-Away)

BarleyMania's Barleyversary 2019 (Single Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Scallywag Fary Lochan Kilchoman Weinquelle Give-Away Prize)

Yeah, yeah, yeah! It is Barleyversary time again! For me, this means that I have now three full years of whisk(e)y blogging on my rap sheet. For you, this means another chance to win amazing bottles! In good ol’ BarleyMania tradition, the latter got sponsored by some of my dearest friends (more…)

3 Maritime Malts by Douglas Laing – Talisker, Orkney & Caol Ila (Review Flight)

Maritime Drams by Douglas Laing (Single Malt Cask Scotch Whisky Islay Skye Orkney Tasting Notes)

“I traced the shorelines through a thousand histories / To remind me an island is my home / An island is my home…” – These beautiful words from Frank Turner’s song “Rivers” are not only true for the people living in Great Britain, but also for the distilleries located on the Scottish isles. (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…)

“Ho, ho, ho!” – Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 coming down the chimney this month (News)

Big Peat Christmas Edition 2019 (Remarkable Malts Blended Islay Whisky Peated Xmas News)

Spirit-wise, one of my favorite parts of the festive season is sipping the annual X-mas bottling from Big Peat. This year, Douglas Laing’s bearded Ileach will again delight us with a heavily peated blended malt encompassing some of Islay’s most popular distilleries. (more…)

4 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from North Star’s Series 008 (Review Flight)

4x Single Malt Scotch Whisky by North Star Spirits (Indepdendent Bottler Auchroisk Inchgower Glenglassaugh Glenturret Tasting Notes)

A few weeks ago, I introduced the three grain whiskies from North Star Spirits’ recent Series 008 here on my blog. Today, I follow up with the malts. All in all, company owner Iain Croucher bottled four exquisite casks that fall into this category. They are between 8 and 13 years old (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…)