Alpinist Botanicals

August 29, 2017
by Peter Krause
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Review: The Alpinist – Swiss Premium Dry Gin 42%

Sommerzeit ist gern auch mal Ginzeit, und diesen von Arthur Nägele kreierten Schweizer habe ich mir in die Berge mitgenommen. Das Design von Packung und Flasche gefällt mir sehr gut, und auch die Unterstützung von Ski-Ass Marco Büchel wird dem … Continue reading

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March 15, 2016
by Peter Krause
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Review: ARDBEG ‘Dark Cove’ Committee Release 55%

This new bottling – said to be the darkest Ardbeg ever – meets high expectations. Many Ardnuts love the really rare sherry-cask expressions. The ‘Dark Cove’ is only partly matured in such casks, but this worked well for the Uigeadail … Continue reading

Bunnahabhain Distillery small

November 23, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: An Austrian Bunnie from 1991

Austria has proven to be whisky-savvy many times. This rings true once again in the case of the Single Cask Collection, Austria’s independent bottler. They

Bunnahabhain Distillery small

November 10, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three recent Bunnahabhain

Long time no hear … we had a lot of tastings and media events going on, and then a virus hit the whole family and my nose. Well, what can you do …? Now I am back at the tasting … Continue reading

Caol Ila Stills and Paps

October 22, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three older Caol Ila

Older Caol Ila can be gems that are still reasonably priced – once they hit 30 years they often display a very complex profile. Today I am comparing three older

Glen Keith sign

October 14, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glen Keith from the early 1990ies

We often have encountered amazing Glen Keith from the 1960ies and 70ies. I adore how this malt translates the aromas of Bourbon casks into creamy fruitiness and

Littlemill Distillery

October 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Four more Littlemill

First of all, sorry for the few posts recently. We had a terrible death in the family (R.I.P. Thomas, age 43), some mandatory tasting sessions and two television gigs – so there

Springbank Logo

September 23, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Springbank

Springbank produced some of the greatest Single Malts ever but after 2005 only few bottlings convinced the hard core of connoisseurs. However, recently nice versions from sherry

Port Charlotte Sign Port Sgioba

September 22, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: A new Port Charlotte from 2002

This is the last of the peaters among the new SMWS-bottlings, a Port Charlotte from a refill Bourbon barrel. Some of these releases have been great. I am curious if

Littlemill Label

September 18, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two new Littlemill

Recently, many great Littlemill were released. Some reviews can be found here. Let’s hope this run continues, we need more good whisky at affordable prices. Today I am tasting two

different number, same outfit

September 16, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Speed-Tasting two Laphroaig SMWS

You sometimes have to be quick to get your hands on the sought-after SMWS releases. Quite a load of Society samples have piled up here recently (thanks Ralf), so let’s do some

Stuart Nickerson and Peter Krause

September 11, 2012
by Peter Krause
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(P)Review: Old old Glenglassaugh and new old Glenglassaugh

Yesterday great news reached Glenglassaugh fans. There is going to be a brandnew series of five really old casks released (33-45 years old) which were finished in ex-wine casks from

Glenfarclas Distillery

September 10, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glenfarclas 2001 OB ‘The Family Casks’ for Potstill, First-fill Sherry Cask 2819

Glenfarclas has always been a reliable source for good Speyside whisky out of ex-sherry casks. Let’s have another one of Grant’s Finest from 2001, imported by Potstill (Vienna). Mario

Glen Spey Pure Malt Sign Distillery old historic

September 9, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glen Spey 35 y.o. Maltbarn 1977

The ultra-rare whisky from Glen Spey is one of the grassiest and greenest out there, usually paired with vanilla, licorice and soft nutty aromas. A batch of 1977 casks seems to

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

Tomintoul 33 y.o. OB

August 30, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Tomintoul 33 y.o. OB 43%

Time for another banana dram, a lead aroma in many older Tomintoul (esp. 1966/67). This bottling comes from the late 1970ies and is marketed quite well as I could see it showcased

Clouds in a glass

August 27, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Wines of this Summer I.

Huge post today: A lot of wine has been tasted lately, but I never got round to publish much about these bottles (among them Mouton Rothschild, Sassicaia and Penfolds Grange). This includes our 7th wine tasting of

Tobermory Distillery

August 25, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Ledaig 2004 Archives

I have tried this too late as it seems to be sold out, but maybe one can still find some bottles. Tobermory’s Ledaig are one of the most interesting drams in the whisky world and a different take on

Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery

August 23, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Allt-a-Bhainne 18 y.o. MoS 1992

How many Allt-a-Bhainne have you tasted so far? Built only in 1975, this distillery was intended to predominantly produce for Chivas blends (like almost all distilleries) and was very rarely

Longmorn Distillery painted

August 22, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Longmorn 1992 Archives

We need summer drams at such temperatures. A medium-aged Longmorn seems like a good choice here, which I am going to taste in the basement (less heat). At 70 Euro, this

Miltonduff Distillery Sign

August 21, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Miltonduff 29 y.o. The First Editions 1982

Miltonduff often is a good choice from the ‘second-tier’ distilleries – if such a term does justice to any distillery in the first place – some are just not marketed and overlooked. My favourite Miltonduff expression is a 1966 from

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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

clynelish new original logo

July 26, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Clynelish 1972 Rare Malts Selection

The Rare Malts series is known for high proof releases vatted from several casks. As the name suggests, these bottlings are becoming

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

Glenrothes Distillery old

July 22, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Glenrothes 30 y.o. The Macphail’s Collection, 43%

The Macphail’s Collection stands for great old whisky at an afordable price and can still be found on some shelves. This Glenrothes version is one of the winners within this range.

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

Cliffs on Skye

July 19, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Isle of Skye Drams (50 y.o. and 24 y.o.)

The idea of a blend and Skye doesn’t quite match as there is only the Talisker Distillery on the island. However, this doesn’t mean that other whiskies can’t be put into the mix under such a name. More than a … Continue reading

Sherriff's Bowmore Casks 1957 Islay

July 17, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Sherriffs BOWMIST Finest West Highland Whisky

Following up on yesterday’s four Bowmore I pulled out an old whisky from the 1960ies/70ies, most probably a blend with a lot of Bowmore in it, called Bowmist (Sherriff’s version). The label actually says ‘distilled and matured at Bowmore’, so … Continue reading

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