27. Oktober 2018
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Mancarella’s New Bottlings in the Review

Mancarella’s New Bottlings in the Review

Dino Mancarella was on the hunt again and has selected new whisky. I am thrilled to try them because his previous bottlings really convinced me. Let’s go straight to the glass:   Speyside Region 28 y.o. Mancarella 1989 – 2018, … Weiterlesen

8. Oktober 2018
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG 22 Twenty Something 46,4%

ARDBEG 22 Twenty Something 46,4%

The Twenty Something Series has impressed me so far. Especially the 23 y.o. was a stunner and showed that 1990s Ardbegs age well and bear many resemblances to older drams (but not the same, though) from the distillery. Pricewise they … Weiterlesen

3. Juni 2018
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für New Bottler ‚The Shining Dram‘ on the test track

New Bottler ‚The Shining Dram‘ on the test track

The German whisky scene is alive and bubbling. New bottlers enter the market. Our friend Markus Bauer started a series called ‚The Shining Dram‘ and provided me with his first releases (nice label designs). He has been drinking the water … Weiterlesen

3. Juni 2018
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für New Maltbarn Bottlings

New Maltbarn Bottlings

Our friend and former fellow Malt Maniac Martin became an independent bottler and – how time flies – has just bottled his 1ooth bottle under the Maltbarn logo. Congrats. Not only is Martin a great person, he knows his whisky … Weiterlesen

12. Oktober 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Ardbeg An Oa 46,6%

Review: Ardbeg An Oa 46,6%

It goes without saying that a new Ardbeg standard release is very exciting. What sets this fourth official range bottling named after the beautiful Islay peninsula ‚An Oa‘ apart from the existing ones? From a marketing perspective, a slightly smoother … Weiterlesen

29. August 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Speyside Region 43 y.o. Mancarella 1973, sherry cask, 51,6%

Review: Speyside Region 43 y.o. Mancarella 1973, sherry cask, 51,6%

Dino Mancarella, a real friendly whiskyfan and tennis instructor from Germany, fulfilled his dream to bottle whisky – and he started with a stunner of a cask share as you can see. These Speysiders are among the best buys these … Weiterlesen

29. August 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: The Alpinist – Swiss Premium Dry Gin 42%

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 … Weiterlesen

17. Juli 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two nice discoveries from Glenrothes and Aultmore

Review: Two nice discoveries from Glenrothes and Aultmore

Two nice samples came my way for the holidays, a dark and a brighter one, both really nice drams, which were highlights on the frontporch of my bungalow. Glenrothes 20 y.o. malt mountains 1997 – 2017, sherry cask, 50,3% Comment: Glenrothes … Weiterlesen

11. Mai 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Whisky-Fässle Spring 2017 Releases

Whisky-Fässle Spring 2017 Releases

Will Jens have picked a loser this time – I seriously doubt it. The duck breeder keeps delivering. Here are my reviews of the new releases:   Blended Malt ‚very old‘ Whisky-Fässle bottled 2016, sherry butt, 45,4% Comment: Loved the … Weiterlesen

24. März 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für A great Bladnoch by malt mountains

A great Bladnoch by malt mountains

My friend Oliver, who has been enjoying wonderful drams with me for years, has ventured into bottling some casks under his name on a very small scale. We already reviewed some bottlings here. Now he has a new baby that … Weiterlesen

20. März 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Tasting Notes by Friends – a high-class session

Tasting Notes by Friends – a high-class session

A group of friends held their anual tasting session with really nice oldies. Enjoy their notes (in German): Am 10.11.2016 trafen wir uns zum dritten Mal in gewohnter Viererrunde. Diesmal standen insgesamt 13 Drams auf dem Programm, mit priorisiertem Schwerpunkt … Weiterlesen

18. März 2017
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ducks for Spring: New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings

Ducks for Spring: New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings

Our friend Jens was so kind to send me samples of the new drams. Unfortunately, I am a bit late with my notes, but nevertheless here they come, my 2p:   Irish Single Malt ‚extra old‘ Whisky-Fässle, bottled 2016, Barrel, … Weiterlesen

2. November 2016
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ducklove – Reviewing the New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings

Ducklove – Reviewing the New Whisky-Fässle Bottlings

Our friend Jens never let us down when it comes to well chosen bottlings. After a little silence he has new drams ready. Thanks to his kindness I was able to try them before release. Here are my notes – … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … Weiterlesen

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 … Weiterlesen

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 … 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. … 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

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:

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:

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 … Weiterlesen

25. Dezember 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Merry Christmas with five Drams

Merry Christmas with five Drams

As a Christmas warm-up, I could try some nice drams yesterday. I simply browsed through the sample cabinet and picked up some whiskies I was in the mood for, so

26. November 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A 23 y.o. Bowmore from 1989 (Sherry Cask)

Review: A 23 y.o. Bowmore from 1989 (Sherry Cask)

What a cool label and what an enticing colour this new Agency bottling has! I was very curious to try this 23 y.o. sherried Bowmore a week ago. Since then it received

25. November 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Laphroaig 17 y.o. ‚Fights‘ from 1995

Review: Laphroaig 17 y.o. ‚Fights‘ from 1995

Laphroaig is one of the most reliable distilleries. When it comes to Bourbon cask Laph, I never had a real letdown so far. Today I am having a medium-aged

23. November 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: An Austrian Bunnie from 1991

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

10. November 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three recent Bunnahabhain

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 … Weiterlesen

22. Oktober 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Three older Caol Ila

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

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