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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strathmill Distillery Sign J&B

May 29, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: An old Strathmill from 1974

Once in a blue moon … a Strathmill comes along. Indeed quite a rare dram which is not often bottled as a Single Malt. However, with the ever increasing demand for older whisky even such unusual drams find their way … 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

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

Talisker 18 small review

April 2, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two T-Drams (Talisker 18 and Tomatin 1982)

Sometimes we look for the most awkward independent bottlings out there to tickle our fancy – which is perfectly alright with me, I do just the same. What tends to be forgotten is how good some standards can be, they … Continue reading

Starka Polmos

April 1, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Odd Ones (Two Flavoured Rums, a Rum Liqueur and a 10 y.o. Vodka from Poland)

On a Saturday night when people go out, we should taste accordingly – so I put together some odd ‘nightlify’ products as an interesting review for April fools tomorrow. I’m starting out with a pre-dinner vodka aged for ten years, … Continue reading

Stewarts Dundee Cream of the Barley De Luxe

March 31, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Old-Style Whiskies (Cragganmore, Stewarts Dundee Blend from 1970ies)

Due to several factors, we get more and more modern whiskies these days. A comparison to wine is making sense: fewer bad ones, but less personality, more resemblance. Don’t worry, enough unique drams are still out there, and that is … Continue reading

Glenglassaugh Decanters 30 and 45

March 29, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Really Old Glenglassaugh (1965, 1966 and 1972)

I felt the need for fruit today (no, not the healthy stuff, the liquid equivalent) – and so I went straight to the sample room and grabbed three Glenglassaughs from the old days. Check out this uber-cristalline head-to-head:

single cask collection logo

March 25, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Bottlings by the Single Cask Collection and a Grain for the Road

The Single Cask Collection by Roland Hinterreiter, who also organizes Austria’s Whisky and Spirits Festival on April 13th in Linz, where we will have a stand with some old malts and monsters (visit us there!), has a good hand in … Continue reading

Caol Ila seafront

March 23, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Islay-Session IV. – Three Recent Caol Ila and a 23 y.o. Longmorn to Warm-Up

The Caol Ila Distillery sometimes gets put down as soulless – may that be true or not, some amazing whiskies were made there, my favorites being from before 1974, esp. the 1960ies versions. For many peatheads Caol Ila simply delivers … Continue reading

Ardbeg close-up on bottle

March 21, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Islay-Session III. – Three SMWS-Ardbeg

After a bloody rare steak (its smoke still filling the room), I feel like having some Ardbeg. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has released some really decent bottlings of the cult distillery recently. Let’s give three new ones a go: … Continue reading

Islay Sea Sundown

March 17, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Islay-Session I. – Three Bowies and an awesome Port Ellen

Exciting – a whole lotta new samples reached home, and as the Islay drams usually are sold out first, let’s get started with three Bowmore and one Port Ellen.

classic room whiskey tasting cigar

March 13, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Revisiting Two Classics (An Cnoc 16 y.o. and Longmorn 30 y.o.)

An Cnoc 16 y.o. 46% Comment: Revisiting a classic, that is how I feel. Let’s see how this baby tastes nowadays. The nose reveals honey, dried flowers, grapefruit- and lemon juice and hints of ginger. It tastes spicier than the … Continue reading

wine bottles

March 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Mixed Wines from recent Occasions

Today, I have some wine notes again – mostly from recent celebrations and dinners. Maybe some of these are to your liking. Enjoy.

Littlemill 1989 Archive

March 6, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Littlemill 1989 Archives and Glen Ord 1999 MoS

Littlemill 22 y.o. Archives, 1989, refill Sherry Hogshead, 48,3% Comment: I have heard great things about this bottling – and it is exciting to try rare whisky from this closed Lowland distillery, one of the oldest in Scotland, by the … Continue reading

pale whisky

March 4, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Five Recent Pale Drams (Port Charlotte, Caol Ila, Highland Park, Bowmore and Benriach)

Natural colour is not always suitable to predict taste, although most of us usually go for ‘the darker one’. Bright drams are underestimated. Thinking back I must say that some of the finest whiskies I had were as pale as … Continue reading

smws wooden box and glass

February 20, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Recent SMWS-Releases II.

Here comes part two of my review of the recent SMWS Christmas releases from those not so crazily sought-after distilleries we all often underestimate. Have a look if the second tier could surprise and step up to the plate.

smws winter snowman whisky

February 17, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Recent SMWS-Releases

Just before Christmas, these bottlings filled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society rolled in. Let’s put them to the test while we have a white landscape out there. The second load will be reviewed soon.

Highland Park Orcadian Vintage 1970

February 15, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Three Older Highland Park Bottlings

Back from Munich’s Finest Spirits Festival 2012 (thanks for the many nice conversations and the great time) – in full spirits. We had a wonderful weekend there and found many potential partners. I am going to review some festival finds … Continue reading