Single Cask

Master Class at Helgoheiner’s (Event)

Master Class at Helgoheiner's (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottler Tasting)

There is no question that Helgoland, which is Germany’s only island in the open sea, is my favorite place in my entire homecountry. Not only is that red rock in the North Sea unbelievably beautiful, but it also makes you feel relaxed and chilled from the moment your feet touch its ground. (more…)

North Star: “Unique whisky for every taste and budget” (Interview)

North Star Spirits (Glasgow Single Cask Scotch Malt Whisky Bottlings Blended BarleyMania)

Glasgow’s North Star is a young whisky company, specializing in drams that tick two simple but important boxes: to be unique and to be delicious. They kicked off their endevours with a six-part selection of single cask whiskies called Series 001 (more…)

Tamdhu 16yo by Old Particular (Review)

Tamdhu 16yo by Old Particular (Single Cask Scotch Malt Whisky Douglas Laing BarleyMania Tasting Notes)

Each year in May there is a big market in Norderstedt’s municipal park, where you can find art, craft and regional food by retailers from Northern Germany. I really love strolling such markets on a Sunday afternoon. Not only do you find a lot of extremely delicious snacks there (more…)

SMWS Feis Ile 2017 Flight (Event)

SMWS Feis Ile 2017 Whisky Flight (Islay Festival Cask Strength Limited Edition Scotch Bunnahabhain Bowmore Laphroaig Tasting)

This year, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society selected three particularly jaw-dropping pours as their official Feis Ile 2017 trio: a Bunnahabhain 10yo, a Bowmore 20yo and a Laphroaig 21yo. While most bottles containing these top-class whiskies are being served on Islay itself, (more…)

Arran 5yo by A.D. Rattray (Review)

Arran 5yo by A.D. Rattray (Single Malt Islands Scotch Whisky Bourbon Cask Tasting Notes BarleyMania)

Some people might say that five years of maturation are not enough to let a whisky develop depth and character. Yet, if you are in the mood for a young and wild whisky, a spirit that did not spend too many years in the cask might be exactly what you have been looking for. (more…)

Strathclyde 11yo by Old Particular (Review)

Strathclyde 11yo by Douglas Laing's Old Particular (Single Cask Grain Scotch Whisky Glasgow Sherry Tasting Notes)

Having visited a fair share of distilleries and attended quite a few masterclasses, tastings and fairs throughout the first half of 2017, my palate made the acquaintance of many outstanding whiskies this year. Naturally, it is impossible to say which of them was THE best. (more…)

VHS Hamburg – Single Casks/Cask Strength Masterclass (Event)

VHS Hamburg - Single Cask & Cask Strength Masterclass (Ernst Vollmer Scotch Malt Whisky Tasting Event Speyside Islay)

When you think of public adult education centers, you will immediately think of courses like ”French for beginners“, ”Knitting in the afternoon“ or ”Word and Excel for the elderly“. But at VHS Hamburg there is also a whisky masterclass called ”Single Casks/Cask Strength“ (more…)

Whisky Experience – Independent Bottlers and Single Casks Tasting (Event)

Whisky Experience - Independent Bottlers and Single Casks - Tasting (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Event Drams BarleyMania)

So, here we go again with another great tasting with Norbert from Whisky Experience in Hamburg. Just one week ago, Tobi wrote a review about the Irish Whiskey tasting we attended together. This week, my wife and I booked a tasting called “Independent Bottlers and Single Casks”. (more…)

Emily Chappell: “Creating the iconic labels of That Boutique-y Whisky Company” (Interview)

Emily Chappell (That Boutique-y Whisky Company Single Cask Malt Scotch Whisky Label Illustration Comic Graphic Novel BarleyMania)

Whenever I stumble upon the exquisite bottlings of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, I cannot take my eyes off them. Not only do they contain excellent drams, but also do they sport one-of-a-kind designs. The comic-styled labels that grace these precious single cask whiskies (more…)