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

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:

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

22. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A new Port Charlotte from 2002

Review: A new Port Charlotte from 2002

This is the last of the peaters among the new SMWS-bottlings, a Port Charlotte from a refill Bourbon barrel. Some of these releases have been great. I am curious if

21. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two Ardbeg from Sherry Casks

Review: Two Ardbeg from Sherry Casks

From the new Society releases again, here are two nice Ardbeg in a head-to-head. You are in for a surpise when you read the outcome. But be quick, I guess they are as good as gone already.

18. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two new Littlemill

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

20. Juli 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Five Teenage Highland Park

Review: Five Teenage Highland Park

It is hard not to like Highland Park and there are only few releases that disappoint. This allrounder of the whisky world works its charms on everyone. However, now is the time to still get some affordable bottles

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

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.

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

20. Februar 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Recent SMWS-Releases II.

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.

17. Februar 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Recent SMWS-Releases

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.

14. Januar 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: A Stack of Short Notes II. (Single Malts)

Review: A Stack of Short Notes II. (Single Malts)

Please read my introductory words from the day before to get the full picture why these notes are so short. Today, I am going to share some quick reviews of Single Malts with you. Some of these are SMWS-releases (Scotch … Weiterlesen

17. November 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Two New Drams from Sherry Hogsheads (Glen Grant 1972 and Springbank 2000)

Review: Two New Drams from Sherry Hogsheads (Glen Grant 1972 and Springbank 2000)

Before I head out to host the Munich Spirits-tasting tonight, I am going to review two great drams that just have been released. The first one was sent to me by our friend Carsten Ehrlich from ‚The Whisky Agency‘, a … Weiterlesen

7. November 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: The X-Mas Releases of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society I. (Highland Park, Clynelish, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Port Charlotte)

Review: The X-Mas Releases of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society I. (Highland Park, Clynelish, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Port Charlotte)

The new SMWS Christmas Releases Tomorrow the German chapter of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will present their new releases for Christmas time. Our friend Ralf Dänzer and I don’t want you to find any bad drams underneath the X-mas … Weiterlesen

20. Oktober 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: SMWS Fall Releases II. – Old Bottlings (Balmenach, Glenturret, Glenrothes, Glen Albyn)

Review: SMWS Fall Releases II. – Old Bottlings (Balmenach, Glenturret, Glenrothes, Glen Albyn)

In September, I tasted some of the brandnew arrivals of the SMWS – the ones that I knew would sell out in no time (Ardbeg, Bowmore, Port Charlotte, Mortlach –> see article ‚SMWS Fall Releases I.‘ here on www.slowdrink.de). Today … Weiterlesen

19. Oktober 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: SMWS Spring Bottlings (Frühlingsliste)

Review: SMWS Spring Bottlings (Frühlingsliste)

Bevor ich in den kommenden Tagen die restlichen Abfüllungen der Herbst-Bottlings von SMWS bewerte, hier die Verkostungsnotizen der Frühlingsliste (Auchentoshan 1999, Glenmorangie 1992, Mortlach 1989, Bowmore 1994, Ardbeg 2001, Aultmore 1982, Glen Moray 2000, Linkwood 1982, Benrinnes 1996, Port Charlotte … Weiterlesen

19. Oktober 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Encoding the SMWS-Codes

Encoding the SMWS-Codes

Encoding the SMWS-Codes (FIND THE LISTS BELOW) The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) disguises their bottlings by giving each distillery a number – by that they avoid legal trouble when a certain distillery name was not allowed to be used … Weiterlesen

13. September 2011
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Ardbeg SMWS 33.93 ‚Tarry peppermint tea‘ 10 y.o., 8.1998 – 6.2011, Refill Sherry Butt, 626 bottles, 55,9%

Review: Ardbeg SMWS 33.93 ‚Tarry peppermint tea‘ 10 y.o., 8.1998 – 6.2011, Refill Sherry Butt, 626 bottles, 55,9%

The new SMWS Since the Scotch Malt Whisky Society has been taken over, I was in the lucky position to try most of their releases. Our partner Ralf Dänzer (www.smws-süd.de) does a wonderful job in selecting and promoting the whiskies. … Weiterlesen