Single Malt

Ola Dubh 18 by Harviestoun Brewery (Review)

Ola Dubh 18 by Harviestoun Brewery (Highland Park Single Malt Whisky Cask Flavoured Craft Beer Stout)

When I reviewed the Ola Dubh 12 by Harviestoun Brewery earlier this year, I loved the beer but had to confess that I found it difficult to deduct exactly how the extra-maturation in Highland Park casks had influenced the ale. So this time I was a bit more foresightful. (more…)

Bunnahabhain 8yo by Provenance (Review)

Bunnahabhain 8yo by Douglas Laing's Provenance (Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky Cask Bottling Peaty Tasting Notes)

For quite some time I turned a blind eye on the malts produced by Bunnahabhain Distillery for no specific reason. But then I read a review of a Bunnahabhain malt and from that moment on I knew I had to try it. Luckily, just a few days later I went to a whisky fair, (more…)

Jura Tastival 2017 in Hamburg (Event)

Jura Tastival 2017 in Hamburg (Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Fest Tasting Food Pairing)

About two weeks after Jura had its opening day at Feis Ile 2017, the cherished island distillery invited its fans to another festivity. This time, however, the celebrations did not take place on the isle of Jura itself, but in Northern Germany. Organized by Jura’s importer (more…)

Baltic Sea Cruise Whisky Tasting on board of the Mein Schiff 3 (Event)

Baltic Sea Cruise Whisky Tasting (Mein Schiff 3 Tui Single Malt Scotch Auchentoshan Lagavulin Balvenie)

If you are a regular reader of BarleyMania, you might have noticed that I am a big whisky enthusiast. Another thing I really love is traveling – visiting new places, meeting interesting people and seeing everyday life in foreign countries. An excellent way to do this is going on a sea cruise (more…)

Whisky Tasting at Helgoheiner’s (Event)

Whisky Tasting at Helgoheiner's (Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Bourbon Tasting Event Helgoland)

Amiably referred to as Helgoheiner by drammers from all over Germany and beyond, Heiner’s Duty-Free-Shop is one of the most well-regarded whisky institutions on Helgoland, Germany’s only island in the open sea. Specializing in single cask bottlings (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…)

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…)