Many tastings via twitter or with actual personal contact, and many festivals later, all of a sudden it was September and we got in our car to go to Maltstock. With all information and and experience we thought we had gathered, we found ourselves in the midst of people who were interested in whisky for years and years and could tell us details of the process and history of the liquid we had not even dreamt of... A great experience where every serious whisky aficionado must go at least once in their lifetime.
We ended 2013 with a bang at the Whisky Live festival in the Hague where we experienced a new phenomenon: we had so little time to taste whisky and only got to visit and see about a quarter of the venue. There were too many people to meet and speak again, Ansgar conducting her first (ever) interview with David Roussier of Warenghem distillery where the French Armorik whisky is created, and we had too little time to fit everything into one session. Next year, we most likely will buy a multipass and stay the night (or two) in order to get everywhere.
2014 has had an easy start so far, and earlier in the year we had decided to slow down a little and not go on a trip to Scotland, safe for the already planned trip in October with eight friends where we arranged flight, housing and the rest of the program. We might decide to treat ourselves on a road trip to France or Germany in order to check out the distilleries there, but no Scotland for our "big" vacation...
|More of this, in 2015...|
Thomas & Ansgar
What we are trying to point out with these last five posts: we still have a very long way to go. We are now close to getting fermented for quite some time, then undergo at least two stages of distillation and when we are done with that, we have a long - undetermined time of maturation ahead of us. All in all, we are only just starting, but are ready for the great adventure called whisky.
Watch this space. If time permits, we will post regularly during our trip(s).