25. August 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG TWENTY ONE 46% – coming of age

ARDBEG TWENTY ONE 46% – coming of age


We just got send the long expected ARDBEG 21 y.o., which will be released on Sept. 21st for the Committee Members (370.- Euro). All from Bourbon casks and non-chill-filtered. Cadenhead had some real stunners of the same vintage and I predicted Ardbeg to be close to the old days if it has time to mature. Let’s see if it can live up to the excellent 21 y.o. from late 1970ies and early 1980ies:

Comment: ThisArdbeg twenty one black committee is soooo Ardbeggy in the nose and shows that the distillate improves with the years (not all do so) – but I fear stocks are low on older Ardbeg these days. The age shows in sweetness and depth, but it is still racy, spicy and acidic (not flat at all), loads of leather (handmade shoes) and iodine, mustard seed, tires, hot transformer of a toy railroad, burnt BBQ-sauce on pork, lemon zest, Espresso macchiato, coal, tar, chalk and sugar-coated wet peat (sorry for this stupid image). Also very round and harmonic. I am surprised by a sweet herbal liqueuriness that emerges after a while. The spice combo gets accompanied by black pepper and resiny junipers. I am glad the green elementsArdbeg 21 have moved away from the aloe style of the youngsters towards a Pesto Genovese direction. The palate is like the nose but I would have expected more sweetness and weight – the base notes are a bit weakish (in comparison to older 21 y.o. from 1970ies), maybe also because of the 46% abv. but that is nitpicking. I am glad to try such oldies from one of my favourite distilleries. Maybe one sherry cask in the mix would have rendered these elements and propelled it towards an even higher score. It is a great (but not stellar) dram with a long sooty peat n‘ coffee-ish finish, an lighter but more complex Ardbeg – but try for yourself, I am sure you like it – the question is just: how much? The ‚regular‘ Ardbeg range is so good, there is your value. So haters, stop bashing. This is extravagance, and in a good way! I am glad they didn’t soup it up with some finish, This is an honest and naked version with finesse worth enjoying.

Score: 91-

30. Juni 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Guest Report: Crazy Tasting Session by our Friends

Guest Report: Crazy Tasting Session by our Friends

Some days ago, a few slowdrinkers gathered in the Bavarian town of Moosburg for a special dramming session. I am extremely delighted that they sent us their notes – of course partly in pseudo-Tyrolean style 🙂 . Read what Florian J., Heiko B., Kerstin J. and Markus U. had to report (in German this time): Weiterlesen →

28. März 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Five New Bottlings by First Editions

Review: Five New Bottlings by First Editions

The bottlings to be tasted come from a well-respected source (see our search engine with more First Ed. reviews). Our friend Peter Sondheim (www.best-whisky.de) was so kind to provide us with samples. Again I was happy about the overall quality – but no spoiling, here we go: Weiterlesen →

28. März 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Ardbeg Dark Cove (regular version) 46,5%

Review: Ardbeg Dark Cove (regular version) 46,5%

After the review of the Committee edition (see here), this is the follow-up: tomorrow is Ardbeg Day and the regular version with lower abv is being released. So I compared and tasted this smuggler’s dram with quite some sherry influence. More information can also be found at the link above. Weiterlesen →

27. März 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für maltmountains: gettin‘ high?

maltmountains: gettin‘ high?

My fellow upper Bavarian friend Oliver Späth has dedicated a part of his time to import single cask whisky – LIKE. Not only is he one of the nicest guys around in the German whisky scene, he has also proven to have a good nose in recent years. His page is here. Let’s put his drams to the test: Weiterlesen →

15. März 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: ARDBEG ‚Dark Cove‘ Committee Release 55%

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 (about 10% sherry casks), which I consider one of the finest standard bottles around. And the new one is slightly darker, maybe 20-30% sherry wood, who knows. I also guess some European oak to be in the mix. Anyway, let’s look under the hood:

Nose:002 Ardbeg Dark Cove_Black (480x640) Very round, holding back at first – not a loud and aggressive one, finesse is the key. It reminds me of long-gone expressions, which is a good thing: no green notes or aloe vera. Absolutely well-matured, but not in your face. Classic Ardbeg. The sherry had a nice polishing effect without causing a loss the spirit-driven character too much (not a modern make-up). Aside from the softened peat-sulphur-iodine combo I am getting campfire, chocolate cake and coffee immediately, then suede and leather shoes, mustard seed, pepper, chili, Nicaragua tobacco leaf, dates and sultanas, lime zest and the typical aromas associated with Ardbeg. The heat of peppery notes renders a nice counterpart to the sweetness without standing out too much.

Palate:001 Ardbeg Dark Cove_Black (480x640) Velvety and smoother than your average Kildalton dram. Softly it coats your mouth for a while, then a peppery bite, brine near the sea, cocoa, really stylish. But you need to take big sips to fully grasp the experience. Lovers of powerful drams might be disappointed a bit, but if you are into harmony without any offnote, this is your choice. I dig this style. Having worked with several Ardbegs in sherry casks myself, I found the effect the very same: raw power turns into mature sweet complexity in the mouth but Islay is still enough there. It is not a weakling. The drinkability is off the chart, but a lower abv might hurt it. We’ll see at what strength the regular version will be bottled.

Finish:002 Ardbeg Dark Cove_White klein Darn good, really seductive, leaving you wishing for more. Flints, soot, sweet peat (does that exist?), iodine, embers, growing bigger by the minute. Kudos, a nice addition to the core range. Chimney sweeper’s delight!

Score: 90

16. November 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Geschenktipp: Verkostung in Sachen Whisky, Rum, Craft Bier und mehr – das besondere Tasting

Geschenktipp: Verkostung in Sachen Whisky, Rum, Craft Bier und mehr – das besondere Tasting

Wenn Sie noch ein besonderes Präsent suchen, das mit Sicherheit begeistert, dann verschenken Sie das Erlebnis eines Tastings – von Experten mit Herzblut moderiert, feinste Auswahl zum Selbstkostenpreis, qualitativ ohne Kompromiss (kein Event-Agentur-Mist). Seit 20 Jahren haben wir nie enttäuscht.

Folgende Verkostungen sind als Gutschein erhältlich (weitere Termine werden noch folgen):

                  Preise sind reine Unkosten (non-profit) –

19. März: Nacht der Genüsse (Obertraubling, im Airport): Messestand

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09. April: Rum-Seminar in der Jurte (Kelheim) – www.dasfeuerherz.de

16. April: Whisky-Tasting in Augsburg (49,90 Euro)

23. April: Top-Malts auf dem Strudelschiff auf der Donau – Kult und feinste Drams, DAS Highlight 2016 – wir cruisen mit der ‚Siebnerin‘ (ggf. überdacht) die Donau auf und ab und drammen dabei Edelstoffe, also nur das Feinste und Raritäten aus der Whiskywelt (Regensburg, mit Folk n‘ Country-Band, 128.- Euro)

01. Mai Elephant Session(München): Rum-Tasting in der Havana-Bar – die bedeutendste Rumverkostung Süddeutschlands in passendem Ambiente, purer Kult und immer schnell ausverkauft! Mit Raritäten, neuen Trends, Spitzenrums und viel Rumwissen, dazu Spaß und 2 Cocktails (München, 16 – 20 Uhr, 69,90 Euro)

04. – 06. Mai: Regensburger Craft Bier Festival 2016 (Neupfarrplatz)

17. Juni (Nördlingen): Event ‚No bullshit allowed‘ – Mega-Malts, only: Pit Krause wird hier absolute Topstoffe, Raritäten und Specials kredenzen, mit gewohnt viel Information, Spaß und Kult (99,90 Euro Unkosten). Erleben! Hier vorab mehr Infos: https://www.facebook.com/events/1695356654042989/

24. Juni (Regensburg):  200 Jahre Lagavulin (mit Markenbotschafter Thomas Plaue und Pit Krause, die legendäre Bottlings der Brennerei und Neuheiten/Premieren öffnen, dazu Specials und Foodpairing, evtl. in einer Mühle; es sind wohl die alte 12 white label, 30y.o. und 21 y.o. oder so ähnlich feine Drams am Start)

08. Pit Krause beim BR 3Juli: Whisky-Seminar (Regensburg) – unser Klassiker mit viel Wissenswertem, Trends, Raritäten, moderiert von Pit Krause (19 Uhr: 49,90 Euro)

09. Juli (Regensburg): Spitzenweinverkostung bei Pit (halbjährlich lassen wir uns die feinsten Tropfen der Weinwelt schmecken, in lockerer Atmosphäre mit dennoch vielen Infos und besonderen Eindrücken – nur High End)

10. September (München): Dram in a Tram – High End-Whiskys bei Fahrt in historischer Tram mit Kult-Stadtführer Rainer Blumer und Malt Maniac Pit Krause (115.- Euro)

– diverse Dinner und Events im Herbst, auch Ultimate Craft Bier-Tasting, etc.

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31. Oktober 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: New First Editions‘ Bottlings

Review: New First Editions‘ Bottlings

Our friends at bestwhisky.de were so kind to send us some of the available bottlings by First Editions, an independent bottler which we have reviewed before here and here and in other places (use search function). I was stunned by the overall quality. Good X-Mas presents. Let’s go into detail with these drams by Andrew Laing: Weiterlesen →

1. Oktober 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für New Ardbeg TEN Outfit (limited release): ‚Quadrant‘

New Ardbeg TEN Outfit (limited release): ‚Quadrant‘

Check out this beauty – it seems to be a German release at the  moment (US: Dec., I heard), called ‚Quadrant‘ – I am currently checking on the total bottle number and more information. Getting might be good for a short time, then gone. I reserved some for swaps, if you need help … – lookin‘ good there, Ardbeg!

Ardbeg TEN special release limited slowdrink.de

 

Ardbeg TEN 10 limited release slowdrink

 

Ardbeg special release TEN tin box presentation slowdrink.deArdbeg TEN Quadrant slowdrink.de limited

1. Oktober 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Nice Glendronach 1995 by our Friends at whiskybase

Review: Nice Glendronach 1995 by our Friends at whiskybase

Our friends at whiskybase / Archives have released another of their stunners. They usually have a great hand in choosing casks, and this one is no exception. A textbook Glendronach with these old sherry notes:

The Glendronach 19 y.o. OB 1995 for whiskybase.com, PX Puncheon 3804, 54,2%

CommentGlendronach 19 whiskybase 1995 PX big: It noses quite typical of such a Glendronach, which is a good thing. Loads of cherries (reminds me of Amarena sauce), orange zest, blood orange, plum cake, ginger bread, rising dough of dark bread, flowerpot soil, blue cheese, suede and great spices fill the nose and palate. In second row, ozone, marzipan bars, pepper, walnut and a lively acidity make this dram an old-fashioned exception in the market.

Score: 89+ (recommended)

20. Juni 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ob Junggesellenabschied, Geburtstag oder Weihnachtsfeier – ein Tasting als besonderes Geschenk

Ob Junggesellenabschied, Geburtstag oder Weihnachtsfeier – ein Tasting als besonderes Geschenk

In letzter Zeit erfreuen sich unsere Verkostungen auch bei oben genannten Feiern großer Beliebtheit. Ganz nach Ihren Wünschen stellen wir Ihnen die Welt der Edelspirits auf Weiterlesen →

6. Mai 2015
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Caol Ila 10 y.o. for McWhisky

Review: Caol Ila 10 y.o. for McWhisky

In celebration of  the first five years the German whisky shop McWhisky.com released a commemorative Caol Ila. In fact, such bottlings become fewer because it is becoming hard to get desired casks as an independent bottler, esp. peated Islay drams. Hence, this was done in cooperation with Gordon & Macphail. Let’s taste the pale peatster: Weiterlesen →

11. September 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Quick Review of recent SMWS Bottlings for Germany

Quick Review of recent SMWS Bottlings for Germany

The Society bottlings sell out very quickly (because they usually perform very well), which makes it necessary for me to release notes shortly after they arrive. So I keep Weiterlesen →

11. September 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für The Duck Breeder keeps on amazing us – New Bottlings by Whisky-Fässle

The Duck Breeder keeps on amazing us – New Bottlings by Whisky-Fässle

Our friend Jens Unterweger allowed me to sample his latest releases. This really nice, knowledgeable and ‚down to earth‘ guy has had a good hand in choosing amazing Weiterlesen →

11. September 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ginis, Maoam and Stolen Stones – Erfahrungen unseres Gin Panels

Ginis, Maoam and Stolen Stones – Erfahrungen unseres Gin Panels

Gin ist in, als Trend in aller Munde: ein noch nicht hinreichend definiertes Lifestyle-Produkt, teils aber auch mit langer Tradition, das Weiterlesen →

17. August 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: More New Hepburn’s Choice Bottlings

Review: More New Hepburn’s Choice Bottlings

Without further ado, we just tasted the latest Single Cask releases of the new Indie-bottler Hepburn’s Choice (Laing Brothers). For older bottlings and information, click here and here. Weiterlesen →

30. Juli 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: New Hepburn’s Choice Releases

Review: New Hepburn’s Choice Releases

As written here, this new single cask series with 46% abv. really made an impact – affordable drams with lots of (distillery-) character and quality. Let’s see if Langside Weiterlesen →

28. Juni 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Great New Archives Bottlings (Bunnahabhain 1990, Glen Keith 1992, Glen Spey 1988 and three Littlemill from 1988, 1989 and 1990)

Review: Great New Archives Bottlings (Bunnahabhain 1990, Glen Keith 1992, Glen Spey 1988 and three Littlemill from 1988, 1989 and 1990)

Hooorrraaayy – our friends from the Netherlands have just released their new bottlings. These new Samoan fishes and crabs left me impressed like Robben, I have to admit. Let me share my quick tasting notes Weiterlesen →

12. Mai 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Whiskyfässle-Review: Miltonduff 1995 and Ledaig 2005

Whiskyfässle-Review: Miltonduff 1995 and Ledaig 2005

Whenever Jens Unterweger announces new bottlings to come I wonder which ducks the bottles will show. I have made the suggestion „roasted“ or „SM“ already, hopefully Weiterlesen →

7. März 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für A new Blockbuster: Hepburn’s Choice

A new Blockbuster: Hepburn’s Choice

In times of crazy whisky prices we need affordable and good daily drams. If this is what you are looking for, the following series called Hepburn’s Choice is hard to beat Weiterlesen →

6. März 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Whisky from next door: Tasting Fellows (Independent Bottler)

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 Weiterlesen →

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

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 Weiterlesen →

4. März 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Gastbeitrag: Reise-Angebote mit Whiskyexperten nach Schottland

Gastbeitrag: Reise-Angebote mit Whiskyexperten nach Schottland

Schon oft wurden wir gefragt, einmal eine Reise zu den Quellen zu organisieren, doch das hat rechtlich und organisatorisch leider so seine Tücken. Nun gibt es eine Alternative für Weiterlesen →

6. Januar 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: New First Editions Bottlings

Review: New First Editions Bottlings

Andrew Laing’s new bottlings have sat on my shelf for a while, now let’s taste them. I went through the releaes twice. Overall, the quality is good and some Weiterlesen →

6. Januar 2014
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: New Archive Bottlings (fishes n‘ stuff)

Review: New Archive Bottlings (fishes n‘ stuff)

Due to a lot of tastings we held in the last months, the time for notes didn’t present itself. However, I keep my tasting book anyway and sometimes manage to Weiterlesen →

21. Oktober 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Monster Malts und mehr / Gewinnspiel zur Finest Spirits 2015

Monster Malts und mehr / Gewinnspiel zur Finest Spirits 2015

Zum zehnjährigen Jubiläum der Finest Spirits (Spirituosenmesse in München am kommenden Wochenende) werden wir auch wieder am Start sein – mit tollen Stoffen: Weiterlesen →

31. August 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glenglassaugh Massandra Collection

Review: Glenglassaugh Massandra Collection

Glenglassaugh from way back, always a treat. I wanted to try the Massandra Collection (more information here and there – and there are even some videos about Weiterlesen →

25. August 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings (Glen Keith, Bowmore, Tamdhu, Auchroisk, Bunnahabhain, Clynelish)

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: Weiterlesen →

7. August 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Recent ‚First Editions‘-Bottlings (Littlemill, Bladnoch, Miltonduff, Caperdonich, Glen Elgin, Bunnahabhain and Clynelish)

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. Weiterlesen →

7. August 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Cancelled – leider kaum Teilnehmer: Der Riesling-Himmel – deutschsprachige Top-Weine (auf Wunsch mit Seafood-Dinner) am Sa., 12.10.2013

Cancelled – leider kaum Teilnehmer: Der Riesling-Himmel – deutschsprachige Top-Weine (auf Wunsch mit Seafood-Dinner) am Sa., 12.10.2013

Alles Riesling … und keine Angst vor großen Weinen: Christian Thoma und Pit Krause führen Euch durch einen gemütlichen Abend im Zeichen des Rieslings Weiterlesen →

26. Juli 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Speedtasting the new SMWS-Releases (June/July 2013)

Speedtasting the new SMWS-Releases (June/July 2013)

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has gained a well-deserved good reputation as an independent bottler. Here are their new releases in a quick review: Weiterlesen →

23. Juli 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Archives: New Bottlings (Fishes of Samoa) Reviewed – Tormore, Bunnahabhain, Glenfarclas)

Archives: New Bottlings (Fishes of Samoa) Reviewed – Tormore, Bunnahabhain, Glenfarclas)

On such a hot day it is time for fish – let’s try the long expected new series by our friends at whiskybase.com / Archives called ‚The Fishes of Samoa‘ with their beautiful labels: Weiterlesen →

23. Juli 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für New Maltman Releases: Mortlach 22 y.o., Glenrothes 18 y.o., Arran 16 y.o. and a Ledaig cask sample

New Maltman Releases: Mortlach 22 y.o., Glenrothes 18 y.o., Arran 16 y.o. and a Ledaig cask sample

After a while, I am back for tasting sessions because my health really improved and my „system“ is tuned again. So let’s start out with the new Maltman bottlings, which could convince recently. I hope you enjoy these reviews and find them useful: Weiterlesen →

10. Juni 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für TV: Pit visited ‚Wir in Bayern‘ with some nice bottles

TV: Pit visited ‚Wir in Bayern‘ with some nice bottles

Check out the show if you missed it on April 23rd, it was great fun to introduce new people to whisky. Thanks to the friendly BR-Team for their support.

Weiterlesen →

12. Mai 2013
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Slowdrink-Whiskyabend bei Munich Spirits – Fine Old Drams in Fassstärke

Slowdrink-Whiskyabend bei Munich Spirits – Fine Old Drams in Fassstärke

Bitte klickt auf folgenden Link zum Einladungs-pdf (am 6. Juni):

Einladung Juni 2013 Munich Spirits and slowdrink

Line-up 6. Juni München

Line-up 6. Juni München