9. August 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG 19 y.o. Traigh Bhan Batch #3, 46,2%

ARDBEG 19 y.o. Traigh Bhan Batch #3, 46,2%

Wonderful news: The Singing Sands are back! Ardbeg’s 19 years old ‚Traigh Bhan‘ release is named after this Islay phenomenon (read up on it) and the first two bottlings really rocked our world – we reviewed them here and there. … Weiterlesen

9. August 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Wu Nevis: A new Release of da Clan

Wu Nevis: A new Release of da Clan

Wow, Wu Dram Clan’s drams are so damn hot right now – deservedly so. Here comes another belter from one of my favorite distilleries with a cool outfit. Of course, it sold out within minutes and hovers around 91 points … Weiterlesen

9. August 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Two Cognac-Killers

Two Cognac-Killers

Sebastian from Wu Dram has long joined our mission to give Cognac, Armagnac and related ‚grapers‘ more attention. Along with Boris he unearthed quite some belters already. Now two new old Cognacs await us. Here are my 2p on them: … Weiterlesen

23. Juli 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Two badass CARONI from da WU-Hood (1997 vs. 1998), Shinanoya & Kyoto Fine Wine and Spirits

Two badass CARONI from da WU-Hood (1997 vs. 1998), Shinanoya & Kyoto Fine Wine and Spirits

Quite a joint bottling effort, these two wonderfully-labelled Caroni releases. Wu-Dram Clan, Shinanoya, and KFWS unearthed these casks for us. Such highly sought-after rums from this closed distillery in full strength are nothing for the faint-hearted – but we like … Weiterlesen

8. Juli 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG 8 Years Old ‚for discussion‘ 50,8% (Committee Bottling)

ARDBEG 8 Years Old ‚for discussion‘ 50,8% (Committee Bottling)

Hurra, ein neuer Ardbeg als Ergänzung zur Standard-Range! Nachdem der Wee Beastie schon positiv aufgenommen wurde, präsentiert sich hier ein weiterer Whisky mit Altersangabe – das finden wir gut. Laut Dr. Bill Lumsden soll er eine Parallelwelt sowie ein Brückenschlag … Weiterlesen

11. Mai 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG SCORCH Committee Release 2021, 51,7%

ARDBEG SCORCH Committee Release 2021, 51,7%

For Ardbeg Day 2021, the Ultimate Islay Distillery releases a dragon-imparted dram 😉 . I spare you the funny marketing story and recommend you play the game as an online substitution for the fun we used to have at the … Weiterlesen

29. Januar 2021
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG Arrrrrrrdbeg! 51,8% in the review

ARDBEG Arrrrrrrdbeg! 51,8% in the review

Zu Ehren des ehemaligen Managers Mickey Heads, der 13 Jahre das Steuerrad der Kult-Islay-Brennerei in der Hand hielt, wurde diese Abschiedsedition abgefüllt. Für Piraten wie uns ist das Label von Butcher Billy schon ein echter Hingucker. Inhaltlich sprechen wir hier … Weiterlesen

3. Juli 2020
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ardbeg 19 y.o. Traigh Bhan Batch 2, 46,2%

Ardbeg 19 y.o. Traigh Bhan Batch 2, 46,2%

Ein Jahr nach seinem Debut kommt Batch 2 des gelungenen Traigh Bhan, dessen Verkostungsnotiz Ihr hier lesen könnt. Da er als regelmäßig wiederkehrender Dram mit höherem Alter konzipiert ist und es ältere Ardbeg selten gibt, ist er ein gesuchtes Kleinod. … Weiterlesen

3. Juli 2020
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Da Wu goes bling: Cognac Vallein Tercinier 53 y.o. Brut de Fut (Single Cask, 156 btl.) 1967 – 2020 Grand Champagne 47%

Da Wu goes bling: Cognac Vallein Tercinier 53 y.o. Brut de Fut (Single Cask, 156 btl.) 1967 – 2020 Grand Champagne 47%

Let’s start with a longer introduction this time – skip if in a hurry 🙂 : Now that good whisky is becoming a luxury item and many drinkers feel like getting priced out of the market, people need to look … Weiterlesen

31. Mai 2020
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 20th Aniversary Edition (Ardbeg Home Day) 46%

Ardbeg Blaaack Committee 20th Aniversary Edition (Ardbeg Home Day) 46%

Es gibt was zu feiern! Das Ardbeg Committee wird 20 und es ist Ardbeg Day – leider zu Hause – aber „grad mit Fleiß“! Dazu passend bringt Ardbeg die Blaaack in der Ardbeg Day-Version mit 46% heraus. Die vorausgegangene Committee-Edition … Weiterlesen

10. April 2020
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Hood Review: A Ledaig Kraken from da WU!

Hood Review: A Ledaig Kraken from da WU!

Ledaig 11 y.o. The Whisky Kingdom / Wu Dram Clan 2009 – 2020, Bourbon hogshead 700056, 279 btl., 54,4% Comment: Release the Kraaaaken! Cool label, thanks to Boris for providing me with a sample. I am a sucker for Ledaig … Weiterlesen

28. Februar 2020
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release 50,7%

Review: Ardbeg Blaaack Committee Release 50,7%

A black sheep? Cool marketing – and sheep being a logical link between Scotland’s Islay and New Zealand, from where the Pinot Noir red wine casks came from in which this Ardbeg was matured (Cloudy Bay, I would guess). The … Weiterlesen

1. Juni 2019
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für ARDBEG DAY – roll the DRUMS :)

ARDBEG DAY – roll the DRUMS :)

Traditionell ist beim Feis Ile, dem Islay Festival, jeder Brennerei ein Tag gewidmet. Und heute ist Ardbeg Day. Neben zwei Single Casks, die man nur vor Ort bekommt, wird die  neue Sonderabfüllung namens ‚Drum‘ in der Brennerei und den weltweiten … Weiterlesen

7. März 2019
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für New Maltbarn Bottlings Reviewed

New Maltbarn Bottlings Reviewed

Martin was so kind as to provide me with some of his latest releases – in times of good whisky being rare, expensive and hard to get hold of as an Indie bottler, he does an excellent job. There are … Weiterlesen

6. März 2019
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Ardbeg Drum Committee Release 52,0%

Ardbeg Drum Committee Release 52,0%

Packt die Rumba-Rasseln aus – die 2019er Spezialabfüllung steht heute in den Startlöchern! Ein Ardbeg mit Teilreifung aus Rumfässern getreu dem Motto des Karnevals auf Islay. Vogelwilde Flasche! Der Run auf die Preziose, die als Testversion für die „Ardbeg Day-Abfüllung“ … Weiterlesen

5. Januar 2019
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Tasting an Über-Lagavulin from Friends: 21 y.o. Select Cask 1997 for the European Lagavulin Fans with 56,6%

Tasting an Über-Lagavulin from Friends: 21 y.o. Select Cask 1997 for the European Lagavulin Fans with 56,6%

The last whisky of 2018 and the first in 2019 is one of friends and I am glad to have snatched one of the 158 bottles. As you know, a review for people closer to you is difficult, so I … Weiterlesen

31. Oktober 2018
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Scotch Malt Whisky Society – some new releases reviewed

Scotch Malt Whisky Society – some new releases reviewed

It has been quite a while since I sampled SMWS releases here. Lots of changes have taken place since then (ownership, order policy, frequency of offerings, internal structure) – some for the better, some for the worse. So be it. … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Oktober 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Warming up for tomorrow’s Whiskyfest in Biberach with a Tomintoul 1968

Review: Warming up for tomorrow’s Whiskyfest in Biberach with a Tomintoul 1968

Last year we had a blast in the Swabian city of Biberach (read here) where they are going to host the third Whiskyfest at the Goldener Rebstock tomorrow (2pm-11pm). Check

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

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

16. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Speed-Tasting two Laphroaig SMWS

Review: Speed-Tasting two Laphroaig SMWS

You sometimes have to be quick to get your hands on the sought-after SMWS releases. Quite a load of Society samples have piled up here recently (thanks Ralf), so let’s do some

11. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für (P)Review: Old old Glenglassaugh and new old Glenglassaugh

(P)Review: Old old Glenglassaugh and new old Glenglassaugh

Yesterday great news reached Glenglassaugh fans. There is going to be a brandnew series of five really old casks released (33-45 years old) which were finished in ex-wine casks from

10. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glenfarclas 2001 OB ‚The Family Casks‘ for Potstill, First-fill Sherry Cask 2819

Review: Glenfarclas 2001 OB ‚The Family Casks‘ for Potstill, First-fill Sherry Cask 2819

Glenfarclas has always been a reliable source for good Speyside whisky out of ex-sherry casks. Let’s have another one of Grant’s Finest from 2001, imported by Potstill (Vienna). Mario

9. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glen Spey 35 y.o. Maltbarn 1977

Review: Glen Spey 35 y.o. Maltbarn 1977

The ultra-rare whisky from Glen Spey is one of the grassiest and greenest out there, usually paired with vanilla, licorice and soft nutty aromas. A batch of 1977 casks seems to

8. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: An Englishman in Bordeaux – Thompson’s Brandy

Review: An Englishman in Bordeaux – Thompson’s Brandy

Every region in France has its own Eau-de-Vie, but haven’t you ever wondered what that would be in France’s famous Bordeaux appellation? As Bordeaux wines sell comparatively well,

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

3. September 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Balblair 1992 OB Hand Bottling

Review: Balblair 1992 OB Hand Bottling

Whisky tourism has become a lucrative side-business for some distilleries and the numbers of people visiting has risen tremendously in recent years. Consequently many nice visitor centers were

31. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Glen Garioch 36 y.o. Douglas Laing Platinum 1967

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

30. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Tomintoul 33 y.o. OB 43%

Review: Tomintoul 33 y.o. OB 43%

Time for another banana dram, a lead aroma in many older Tomintoul (esp. 1966/67). This bottling comes from the late 1970ies and is marketed quite well as I could see it showcased

28. August 2012
von Peter Krause
Kommentare deaktiviert für Review: Teaninich 28 y.o. The First Editions 1982

Review: Teaninich 28 y.o. The First Editions 1982

The First Editions have released some decent drams recently, a good start for this new independent bottler. They also offer a Teaninich 28 y.o. from 1982. This DIAGEO distillery (founded 1817) was

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