Whisky

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…)

2x Whisky by Whic: Bunnahabhain 12yo & Secret Highlands 13yo (Review Flight)

2x Single Cask Scotch Whisky by Which (Islay Highlands Independent Bottler Whisky Tasting Notes Blog)

Every now and then, the fine folks at Whic.de send me a whisky sample. Usually, I try to make sure that the received drams don’t stay with me too long before I try them. Nevertheless, I end up being late most of the time. It is not my fault though. After all, the vast majority (more…)

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask – German Selection by Schlumberger (Review)

Penderyn 3yo Madeira Cask by German Selection for Schlumberger (Single Malt Welsh Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

One thing I really love about whisky is this: It’s one helluva complex and versatile drink; and no matter what a dram’s characteristics are old or young, strong or mild, peaty or fruity, and so on – it always has the potential to blow you right out of your socks! (more…)

North of Scotland 50yo by Sansibar Whisky for DeinWhisky.de (Review)

North of Scotland 50yo by DeinWhisky.de & Sansibar (Single Cask Grain Scotch Whisky Blog Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Now and again, I invest in whisky. When I do so, however, I don’t aim for a quick buck or a huge margin. Rather, I go for a special experience and a rich moment. One example of such an investment is my recent purchase of DeinWhisky.de’s fifth anniversary bottling: a 50-year-old grain (more…)

Loch Lomond 12yo from a Pineau des Charentes Hogshead (Review)

Loch Lomond 12yo Pineau des Charentes (Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes Blog BarleyMania)

When Loch Lomond Distillery’s local importer Wein Wolf released this single cask bottling on the German market in late 2021, I learned two things from it: First, I discovered that Pineau des Charentes casks can be really well-suited for whisky maturation. (more…)