Thompson's Fine Bordeaux Range Bottles

September 8, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: An Englishman in Bordeaux – Thompson’s Brandy

Every region in France has its own Eau-de-Vie, but haven’t you ever wondered what that would be in France’s famous Bordeaux appellation? As Bordeaux wines sell comparatively well,

Highland Park Distillery Entrance

September 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Highland Park 1995 G&M Reserve – real value

People often ask me about the ‘bang-for-your-buck bottlings’, those off the beaten track, single cask stuff at a fair price, absolute value. One I can recommend without blinking an

Balblair hand bottling hand-bottled

September 3, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Balblair 1992 OB Hand Bottling

Whisky tourism has become a lucrative side-business for some distilleries and the numbers of people visiting has risen tremendously in recent years. Consequently many nice visitor centers were

Glen Garioch 1967 Platinum Selection 36 y.o. Douglas Laing Old & Rare

August 31, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glen Garioch 36 y.o. Douglas Laing Platinum 1967

After so many new releases I felt like having a classic. My search on the sample shelves found an end with this 1967 Garioch. Some of the 1960 distillates from there are

glenturret scotland's oldest distillery sign logo

August 11, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glenturret 34 y.o. Maltbarn 1977

Glenturret can be inconsistent in quality, but there are great ones out there as well, for example this one. Let’s give another dram from Scotland’s oldest distillery

Balmenach Distillery Caorunn Gin

August 8, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Balmenach 32 y.o. Maltbarn 1979

Funny, I never had a bad Balmenach and even remember excellent ones from the 1960ies, which needed a lot of time but then changed like chameleons. On the other hand, I didn’t

Tormore Distillery

August 7, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Tormore 16 y.o. Whisky-Doris 1995

Not often do I get Tormore Single Malt, so this is exciting. Some of the old bottlings were decent to good, but some also disappointed. This bottling was released in memoriam

Laphroaig PX Cask Travel Retail Exclusive

August 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Laphroaig ‘PX CASK’

This version is only available for Travel Retail at the moment but there are ways to order it as well. I have heard different opinions about it, so I am keen on tasting it for

Port Ellen Pe1 label

August 5, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Port Ellen Pe1 (bottled 2009)

Somehow I never got round to publishing the notes for this baby, which I could taste several times. It was always a pleasure drinking Pe1 for it is one of the legendary Port Ellen

Brora 32 y.o. 2011 special release

August 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Brora 32 y.o. OB

A shorter note today, but one of a very famous bottling: the highly acclaimed Brora 32 y.o. – I could try this at a friend’s house (thanks, Michael) after a nice dinner last night. This dram was the perfect

port ellen harbour

August 2, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two more excellent Port Ellen from 1982

Following up on the recent Port Ellen comparison (click here), I feel like comparing another couple of this beautiful ‘lost distillery-dram’  in a head-to-head. Same vintage (1982), different casks, rare editions. Let’s go:

Port Ellen 1983 Old Bothwell Reifferscheid best

July 27, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Port Ellen 1983 for Reifferscheid – and its sisters

Long gone is the time when Port Ellen was a sleeper for insiders, only. Nowadays it ranks among Islay’s superstars, good in its youth but also

Longmorn Distillery

July 25, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Stunner-Alarm: Longmorn 35 y.o. Douglas Laing Platinum 1968

Time for a stunner again. The whisky in this review left everyone at our tasting table speechless: It was a Longmorn from the glory days. These bottlings have

Three Smoky Beers Rauchbiere klein

July 21, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Smoky Beers (partly from Whisky Barley)

Many of us love the smoky taste in whisky, which, simply put, is distilled from smoky beer. However, when we think of smoky beer, there is not much reference – or a highly unusual one with the famous

highland park logo

July 20, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Five Teenage Highland Park

It is hard not to like Highland Park and there are only few releases that disappoint. This allrounder of the whisky world works its charms on everyone. However, now is the time to still get some affordable bottles

Bowmore in storm from poster

July 16, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Four nice Bowmore

Some Bowmore samples have piled up here, one was even taken straight from the cask (thanks, I feel honoured). With this Islay distillery you should taste before you buy as it

Arran 2

July 15, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Isle of Arran 14 y.o. by The Maltman

Arran Malts are coming of age and I am always curious to taste them, especially when they are not from active wine casks in order to see their state of ‘classic’ maturation. This release by The Maltman (Meadowside Blending) is

Glen Keith Distillery

July 14, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glen Keith 18 y.o. by The Maltman

Glen Keith Distillery has been motballed and didn’t distill since 1999. Currently it is used as a filling store and a technical centre for quality control. For us whisky lovers it was

Bunnahabhain Entrance

July 13, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two medium-aged Bunnies (SMWS and First Editions)

The Bunnahabhain session continues as this is a great dram for the summer. I was in for a surprise with the second one, an encounter of the peated kind.

Bunnahabhain Distillery small

July 12, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Bunnahabhain 1973

Time for two old Bunnies from Heaven . This still underrated distillery with very reasonable pricing should get more attention. I had so many great samples of these salty and maritime drams recently, so the two 1973 versions should be … Continue reading

Littlemill Distillery

July 11, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two more great Littlemill

From out of nowhere, great Lowland whisky turned up from closed Littlemill. What a gift. Most of these drams have succeeded so far and quickly sold out. Although I prefer

Caol Ila Poster

July 10, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Two new Caol Ila in a Head-to head

Head-to-head is the name of the game, two Caol Ila reached my desk and need to be reviewed (honestly not a task to complain about), so here they come without further ado.

Lowlands

June 30, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Littlemill 1988 Whisky-Fässle (ex-Sherry)

Quite some Littlemill releases are popping up these days, and most of them really convinced me with a lovely yet unusual profile, like those, for example. Today I am going for a 1988 version out of a Sherry Cask – … Continue reading

Cragganmore Entrance Sign

June 9, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Cragganmore (MoS, First Editions and SMWS)

Before I am flying to Scotland to meet up with most of the other Malt Maniacs for the 15th Anniversary, I am going to review three Cragganmore, another

MM Gold Medal

June 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: A Malt Maniac Award Winner (GlenDronach 1972 Cask 712)

Glendronach is a true Single Malt by definition, it has a unique taste profile (loads of geranium earth, dry sherry, cooked wine, soy sauce) that sets it apart.

Port Ellen 12 years old James MacArthur

June 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: A Legend from Port Ellen

We all know by know how great Port Ellen can be. They age very well but also rock in their youth although it is getting harder and harder to obtain good bottles from that era. Today I want to review … Continue reading

logo ardbeg day big

June 2, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Ardbeg-Day Review: Unbottled 1975 and 1998 Sherry Casks from the Distillery

It is Ardbeg Day – finally. What a big machinery of viral/guerrilla marketing was revved up for that to refuel the cult-like following of this wonderful distillery. So be it, it was done well, let’s join in.

Pago de Cirsus Logo

May 31, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Bodega Pago de Cirsus de Inaki Nunez ‘Seleccion de Familia’ 2004 Navarra D.O. 14,5%

Bodega Pago de Cirsus de Inaki Nunez ‘Seleccion de Familia’ 2004 Navarra D.O. 14,5% “Die »Selección de la Familia« ist so etwas wie die ganz persönliche Botschaft von Iñaki Nuñez, erzeugt aus einer strengen Selektion der Sorten Merlot, Tempranillo und … Continue reading

roasted duck

May 30, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Imperial 16 y.o. Whisky-Fässle 1995 – 2011, Bourbon Hogshead, 53,9%

Imperial used to be an ugly duckling among some other shiny distillery names (is that why it is from the Duck Series?) – now it has convinced many connoisseurs and strictly delivers good quality. I haven’t tasted a real bad … Continue reading

Clynelish 1997

May 22, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two More Clynelish 1997 (A Quick Comparison)

Very busy days with many tasting events before summer strikes (sorry for not posting more), so here comes just a short comparison of two recent Clynelish releases because many people were asking for more of these ‘bang-for-your-buck’ drams (like the … Continue reading

Banane

May 16, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Banana Drams – Two Old Tomintoul

Our club members always appreciated the 1966/67 Tomintouls, especially for their crazy banana aromas and deep fruitiness. These distillates can really age well and are still reasonably prized. Let’s check out two recent releases:

clynelish new original logo

May 16, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Clynelish from the 1990ies

Clynelish is one of the most reliable distilleries. Rarely do these drams disappoint, and occassionally they can even take your breath away. What I like about these apple-candlewax-stormcloud-whiskies is their austerity and the fact, that they are mostly about the … Continue reading

Frosch

May 8, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Laphroaig 1998 out of Sherry Casks (Stunner-Alarm)

When it comes to Laphroaig Malt matured in sherry, I have mixed feelings. Some of these bottlings are really messed up by the wine – yet others are really enhanced in their complexity. For me it is important that the … Continue reading

talisker 10 y.o. OB split label

May 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Comparing two old Talisker 10 y.o. OB ‘Split Label’

Talisker 10 has always been a bang for yor buck, a great whisky at a fair price – and it still is. Rumour has it that the older versions are a bit better than today’s releases from Skye. In general … Continue reading

duthies range

May 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Short Note: Highland Park 19 y.o. Duthies Sherry Cask

A quick post today: I could try a new Highland Park on the go, so here are my quick impressions:

Springbank 40 y.o. Chieftain's 1968

May 2, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Springbank 40 y.o. Chieftain’s 1968 Oloroso Butt

On the weekend, the old 21 y.o. dumpy Springbank parchment label (silver-red box) impressed the crowd. These old Campbeltown malts are monsters in terms of complexity yet very intellectual and demanding. As a follow-up, I am going to taste the … Continue reading

Glen Keith Distillery

May 1, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glen Keith 22 y.o. James MacArthur’s 1976

I love older Glen Keith from the 1960ies and 70ies, especially out of Bourbon wood. These underrated babies are exceptionally expressive and hard to find. Let’s see what this 1976 edition has in store for us:

Peat's Beast Single Malt

May 1, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Peat’s Beast

There are a lot of peat beasts, reeks, monsters and smokeheads on the market, some Vatted (ooops, I used an outlawed term) and some Single Malts of various quality. Such names speak directly to the lovers of a style, not … Continue reading

Octomore Comus 04.2_167 Bruichladdich 5y.o. Sauternes

April 27, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Peated Laddies (Octomore Comus and Port Charlotte MoS)

At Bruichladdich they seem to be keen on the record of the peatiest malt – which is Octomore with ever higher ppm-levels in terms of phenol. As weird as it sounds, the less phenolic Port Charlotte tastes way peatier (and … Continue reading

Bowmore in storm from poster

April 12, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: More old Bowmore from the 1960ies

I wanted to measure up the White Bowmore with small remnants of other great Bowies. And as the Austrian Whisky & Spirits Festival starts in some hours, where we have a stand, here are the short comments/scores of these:

White Bowmore 43 y.o. OB 1964 Bourbon Cask

April 11, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: White Bowmore 1964

For my Easter vacation I took some real treats with me, one of them being the White Bowmore. There wasn’t one 1964 Bowmore I didn’t like, some were “just very very good” (yeah, the price, let’s not get into this). … Continue reading

Benriach 1971 OB Cask 1947

April 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Very Old Malts from Passive Casks (Springbank 45 y.o., Lochside 1967 and BenRiach 1971)

Easter dramming is in full session. Following up on the recent review of pale drams, here are three more nice examples out of quite inactive casks. Check it out:

The First Editions logo

April 5, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: A 21 y.o. Highland Park from a New Bottler (The First Editions)

At the Finest Spirits Fair in Munich 2012, I found a new independent bottler I hadn’t come across yet: The First Editions. It is imported to Germany by the very nice Sondheims, and the friendly Scottish partner Andrew Laing (Stewart … Continue reading

Ardmore Distillery Painting

April 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Unusual Speysiders (Macduff and an amazing Ardmore)

Whisky-Doris has brought us many great bottlings in the past. Doris and Herbert are real sherry-fans, but they know a good dram from an average one in every field. Recently they sent me their latest releases, let’s check out these … Continue reading

Springbank 40 y.o. and 45 y.o. Miniatures (left)

April 3, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Nice Sweet Wines

For a long time, sweet wines were out of fashion here in Germany, but connoisseurs sticked to the wonderful Riesling Auslesen and the other worldwide high class elixirs of that kind. Sherry, Tokay and Port also sell much less in … Continue reading