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.

14. Oktober 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glen Keith from the early 1990ies

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

4. Oktober 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Four more Littlemill

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

6. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Highland Park 1995 G&M Reserve – real value

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

25. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Ledaig 2004 Archives

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

21. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Miltonduff 29 y.o. The First Editions 1982

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

20. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Macallan 21 y.o. Malts of Scotland 1990 Fino Cask

Review: Macallan 21 y.o. Malts of Scotland 1990 Fino Cask

Macallan is always a fine spirit, but it makes me even happier being able to try older versions from Sherry casks – finer oak, so to speak ;). The release I am sampling today

17. Juni 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Mortlach 50 y.o. G&M 1942

Review: Mortlach 50 y.o. G&M 1942

After we had visited Mortlach distillery, fellow Malt Maniac Ulf Buxrud pulled out a magic bottle to celebrate his birthday with us: a 1942 Mortlach (war years)! What a generous gesture, thank you Ulf! You requested some notes, so here … Weiterlesen

9. Juni 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three Cragganmore (MoS, First Editions and SMWS)

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

6. Juni 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A Malt Maniac Award Winner (GlenDronach 1972 Cask 712)

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.

4. Juni 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A Legend from Port Ellen

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 … Weiterlesen

2. Juni 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ardbeg-Day Review: Unbottled 1975 and 1998 Sherry Casks from the Distillery

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.

31. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Bodega Pago de Cirsus de Inaki Nunez ‘Seleccion de Familia’ 2004 Navarra D.O. 14,5%

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 … Weiterlesen

30. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Imperial 16 y.o. Whisky-Fässle 1995 – 2011, Bourbon Hogshead, 53,9%

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 … Weiterlesen

29. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: An old Strathmill from 1974

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 … Weiterlesen

22. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two More Clynelish 1997 (A Quick Comparison)

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 … Weiterlesen

16. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Banana Drams – Two Old Tomintoul

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:

16. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Clynelish from the 1990ies

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 … Weiterlesen

8. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Laphroaig 1998 out of Sherry Casks (Stunner-Alarm)

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 … Weiterlesen

6. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Comparing two old Talisker 10 y.o. OB ‚Split Label‘

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 … Weiterlesen

4. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Short Note: Highland Park 19 y.o. Duthies Sherry Cask

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:

2. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Springbank 40 y.o. Chieftain’s 1968 Oloroso Butt

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 … Weiterlesen

1. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glen Keith 22 y.o. James MacArthur’s 1976

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:

1. Mai 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Peat’s Beast

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 … Weiterlesen

27. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Peated Laddies (Octomore Comus and Port Charlotte MoS)

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 … Weiterlesen

12. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: More old Bowmore from the 1960ies

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:

11. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: White Bowmore 1964

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). … Weiterlesen

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

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:

5. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A 21 y.o. Highland Park from a New Bottler (The First Editions)

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 … Weiterlesen

4. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Unusual Speysiders (Macduff and an amazing Ardmore)

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 … Weiterlesen

3. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three Nice Sweet Wines

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 … Weiterlesen

2. April 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two T-Drams (Talisker 18 and Tomatin 1982)

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 … Weiterlesen

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

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, … Weiterlesen

31. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Old-Style Whiskies (Cragganmore, Stewarts Dundee Blend from 1970ies)

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 … Weiterlesen

29. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three Really Old Glenglassaugh (1965, 1966 and 1972)

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:

25. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three Bottlings by the Single Cask Collection and a Grain for the Road

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 … Weiterlesen

23. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Islay-Session IV. – Three Recent Caol Ila and a 23 y.o. Longmorn to Warm-Up

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 … Weiterlesen

21. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Islay-Session III. – Three SMWS-Ardbeg

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: … Weiterlesen

20. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Amazing Bourbons

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 … Weiterlesen

18. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Islay Session II. – Four Recent Laphroaig from 1998

Review: Islay Session II. – Four Recent Laphroaig from 1998

Laphroaig Single Malt is very reliable for connoisseurs and usually the casks aren’t that different from each other, but now and then one stands out (positively or negatively). This time it was different, as you will see. In my review … Weiterlesen

17. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Islay-Session I. – Three Bowies and an awesome Port Ellen

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.

13. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Revisiting Two Classics (An Cnoc 16 y.o. and Longmorn 30 y.o.)

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 … Weiterlesen

6. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Mixed Wines from recent Occasions

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.

6. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Littlemill 1989 Archives and Glen Ord 1999 MoS

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 … Weiterlesen

4. März 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Five Recent Pale Drams (Port Charlotte, Caol Ila, Highland Park, Bowmore and Benriach)

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 … Weiterlesen