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!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

the New Zealand Whisky Collection


We had the pleasure to receive a set of samples from Erik Burgess, Great Britain & Ireland Brand Ambassador for the New Zealand Whisky Collection, an initiative that rescued the remaining casks of the closed Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Arran Malt Sensory Kit

June 29th 2014, the Arran distillery turned 19 years of age, and celebrated this in that weekend with their annual festival. The day after some of us whisky enthusiasts were lucky enough to get selected for the Whisky Wire's fantastic twitter tasting, where we were treated to four of the distillery's whiskies from their core range, and their special releases. A very generous 10cl bottle of the 10yo, their most recent 17yo, the third and final Devil's Punchbowl and the Miss Black. All of these bottles were accompanied by the Arran Malt Sensory Kit, with a 3cl bottle of new make spirit at 68%, a handful of their malted barley and a similar amount of their grist - the milled malted barley.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

1940 feet and some change

It was time to say goodbye to Linda, Graham and Johanne. Two weeks had gone bye so fast, while we were still having so much fun getting to know each other when staying with them in Speyside. After exchanging some hugs we took off before we all would break down in tears, apparently we are not good in goodbyes from people we have a good connection with - lets leave it to that.

Driving from Craigellachie to Dufftown and then in the direction of Tomintoul following the A939 and eventually the B976 to the Royal Lochnagar Distillery is quite a beautiful ride. We wanted to do this drive in 2012 also but were warned by some locals that the road was still icy and snowy, so we passed back then. Having heard about this great route through Cairngorms National Park we knew we just had to try when we were in the area again.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Traveling to the west for some #whiskyfabricroadtrip fun

On the last day of our trip to Speyside we had an appointment with the Tomatin distillery. In 2012 we had stopped at Tomatin Distillery on a Sunday, driving from Oban to Inverness taking the scenic route via a closed Ben Nevis distillery. Tomatin does not do tours on Sunday either, but they had their visitor's centre doors opened, so we could go in for a cup of coffee and a dram. Back then we had promised ourselves to come back and this year, that time had come. Johanne had arranged a tour, but was not told what to expect, so the five of us came in and were ready to get surprised. And what a surprise they had in store for us...

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Building a cask and going to the museum


We had already seen the cooper's craft when we visited the Balvenie two years ago, but had never been to the Speyside Cooperage before, so we had decided to visit while we were in the area anyway. Coming from Craigellachie when going to Dufftown, it is a hard to miss location when you would be following the A941 once more. Traveling from Aberlour to Dufftown, you can take an unnamed B-road, which will lead you behind the back of the cooperage, where you can see the many casks, hoops and staves in all different sizes, stacked to be used - either for repair work or in order to be sold to a distillery and filled with spirit.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Our 50th

We woke up to this beautiful sunny Wednesday morning at the house we rented on the banks of the river Fiddich in the beautiful village of Craigellachie, Aberlour, Scotland. The sun was out early and the birds were performing their most beautiful compositions in our windowsill, reminding us we had a beautiful day ahead, where we would be going to see our 50th distillery from the inside; Glenfarclas - our Golden Promise*.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Ardbeg day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.


Today, Saturday May 31st 2014, it is Ardbeg day. Possibly one of the most anticipated parties of the year (on the island) take place at the courtyard of the distillery at this day, welcoming the many Ardbeg fans and Committee members with their many silly games and festivities. We have chosen the Ardbeg Committee expression of the Ardbeg Rollercoaster to celebrate the day - albeit from a distance.



We have been at the distillery, done the tours and drank the drams - and although that was great and all, whenever we think back of the times we have visited, we mostly remember the fantastic lunchroom we keep coming back to because we still have not tried everything on the menu.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Feis ile 2014 - Bunnahabhain day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.


Today, Friday May 30th 2014, it is Bunnahabhain day. We have decided to share the Gordon and Macphail - the Macphail's Collection - Bunnahabhain 8 year old with you.



We have visited the distillery twice, but have actually never managed to do a tour there, but it is still on the planning to do so on the next occasion we are there for sure; during Feìs Ìle 2015. The grand distillery looks like a small abandoned village, and our initial impressions was "desolate". The trip to get to the distillery in quite beautiful and the distillery's surroundings make up for the impression though, as do most of the drams we have tasted.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Feis Ile 2014 - Jura & Kilchoman Day

Just because we are not at the Feis Ile 2014, we did not think it was reason enough not to join with the festivities. We will be drinking a random dram (not previously tasted by us) of each of the distilleries and share our thoughts about it.

The stunning Machir Bay
Today, Thursday May 29th 2014, it is Jura and Kilchoman day. We are sharing our thoughts today on a dram of each of these distilleries with you.

Gordon & Macphail - Connoisseurs Choice - Jura 1995/2010
Thomas' thoughts - Ansgar's thoughts

Kilchoman 2007 Vintage