Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Whisky by the Sea 2014

Junction Gorinchem: our view for most of the trip 
With whisky-festival season in full-throttle again, we found ourselves at our first festival since Speyside, in Vlissingen - way south in the Netherlands, in the province of Zeeland (where new-Zealand gets it's name from), in a small theatre on the coast of the North-Sea. Organisation was in the capable hands of Ronald Zwartepoorte, Keeper of the Quaigh and editor in chief of Dutch Whisky Passion magazine.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sharing the passion

In our stories about the travels we make, we do not only visit Scotland, but also explore outside that beautiful country. A Friday morning in September we decided to take a road trip after work and go to the Dutch island called Texel for the weekend and just relax and have the wind in our hair and feet in the sand.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Compass Box - Artisan Scotch Whiskymakers

For some time we have been on the lookout for the many expressions of the Compass Box range in order to explore what they have put together in their next production. Their labels with crazy good artwork can be spotted in many whisky shops, but sadly they do not always get the prominent spot they deserve. For many people it is an unknown "niche" blend-brand they would easily skip, and grab a bottle of their known favorite single malt, which is a shame, and no good reason not to check them out.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The pioneering spirit

Recently we had the pleasure to meet Andy Watts from The James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa. He is master distiller and only the sixth distillery manager at distillery since it was established in 1886.

Monday, 8 September 2014


In the Twitter Tasting of Tomatin earlier this week organized by the Whisky Wire we had the pleasure to experience the four latest expressions next to each other of Tomatin's Cuatro Series. The samples were tasted blind and accompanied with four smaller samples of something misterious. These turned out to be the four different types of Sherry of which the casks were used to mature the whiskies.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Maltstock 2014

Sadly, Maltstock 2014 is over. For the sixth time, the event was organized in an accommodation "het Buitencentrum" in a small oak-and-pine forest in Overasselt, close to the city of Nijmegen in the south-east of the Netherlands. This was only our second visit to the relaxed whisky weekend, but it has already become clear that the dates of 25, 26 and 27 September 2015 will already be blocked in WhiskySpeller's calendar.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Tomatin Distillery

After visiting the Tomatin Distillery briefly in 2012 [they did not have any tours on a Sunday], we promised ourselves to come back for a tour and explore more of their expressions. In May 2014 we were at the Speyside Festival, so we arranged to go back and boy, were we happy we did.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tomatin Distillery - Interview with Graham Eunson, distillery manager

This is the other part of an interview done with Jennifer Masson and Graham Eunson of Tomatin Distillery. In the first part here, we asked Jennifer to tell something about herself, and in this part Graham, Tomatin's distillery general manager answers some of our questions.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Tomatin Distillery - Interview with Jennifer Masson, marketing manager

Tomatin Distillery is one of the easiest distilleries to find, just off the A9 main road, it is a perfect stop to explore a great distillery when crossing the spectacular Cairngorm National Park coming from Edinburgh to Inverness. It is established in 1897, located in the Monadhliath Mountains, and one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level.

On our previous trip to Scotland we made a visit to the Tomatin Distillery. There we got the opportunity to meet Jennifer Masson and Graham Eunson who both took us around the distillery in an awesome tour. We already planned to come back soon on our next trip over to Scotland when showing some friends around Speyside, but more on that soon to come.

We are very happy we got the opportunity to ask them both some questions about their job and Tomatin. The response was great we got back, so we had to divide it all in two pieces. Ladies first, so read on to know what Jennifer has to share with us about her job?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Whisky Afloat 2014

The lovely couple Bennie & Gerda
In the Dutch whisky community we had previously heard of an event called Whisky Afloat, organised by Bennie, Gerda and John. It is of a gathering of whisky enthusiasts spending the day on a boat, cruising the Frisian lakes, whilst sharing a collection of whiskies and having a good time together, concluded with a BBQ at the end oth the day.

This sounds like fun doesn't it? Well it certainly was! After a bit of a silent season without any festivals, tastings or big meetings with any of the people from the Dutch whisky scene, to us this felt a bit like the kick off of the new whisky-season. After this there will be a couple of festivals and gatherings planned. So much to look forward to!