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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

Glen Keith Tasting Fellows

March 6, 2014
by Peter Krause
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Whisky from next door: Tasting Fellows (Independent Bottler)

When I learnt about this project, I loved it from the start. A group of friends decided to bottle their own – hence the name “Tasting Fellows“. As you might know, it

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March 5, 2014
by Peter Krause
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Tasting: Summer-Jamboree vor dem Vatertag (28. Mai bei Ziegler – Feine Kost) – meine Whisky-, Rum- und Cognac-Specials

Wir haben in den Sommer verschoben – wer da nicht dabei ist, insbesondere zu diesem fairen Preis, dem ist nicht mehr zu helfen. Pit holt zehn seiner ganz besonderen Flaschen aus seiner Kollektion, um sie

Whisky-Fässle Logo

August 25, 2013
by Peter Krause
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Review: New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings (Glen Keith, Bowmore, Tamdhu, Auchroisk, Bunnahabhain, Clynelish)

Our friend Jens Unterweger has proven time and again that he has a fine nose for finding the best cask out of a series. Did he do it again? Read my review here:

the first editions whisky

August 7, 2013
by Peter Krause
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Review: Recent ‘First Editions’-Bottlings (Littlemill, Bladnoch, Miltonduff, Caperdonich, Glen Elgin, Bunnahabhain and Clynelish)

Andrew Laing’s new series is not yet widely known but his bottlings are really noteworthy (find some reviews here, there, there, there, there, there and there). Today I am tasting seven recent bottlings.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Knockando Distillery Sign

July 1, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Knockando 12 y.o. The Managers’ Choice 1996 – 2009, Sherry Cask 800790, 58,5%

Knockando has been a big contributor to the Justerini & Brooks Blends but also has been marketed as an entry-level Single Malt at a fair price point. These whiskies,

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

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
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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

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

Kentucky Crown 16 y.o. Kentucky Straight Bourbon

March 20, 2012
by Peter Krause
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Review: Two Amazing Bourbons

Some Single Malt connoisseurs don’t try Bourbon Whiskey by category at all, which makes them miss a world of taste. It’s not all Jim and Jack! Openly spoken, the diversity of Bourbon is much smaller than in Scotch Single Malt … Continue reading

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

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