Knockdhu Distillery where we met distillery manager Gordon Bruce and his right hand Alistair “Ally” Reid. After this great day Alistair accepted our request to send some questions over to get some more information on this beautiful distillery and its workings. A great place tucked away just of the main roads, but surely is one not to be overseen.
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
van Wees' shop in Amersfoort, their different lines of independent bottlings and their relationship with the industry in and outside of Scotland. Responsible for the fame and success of this business is Mr. Han van Wees, born in 1931 and still going strong. On November 28 2014, the Nestor of the Dutch whisky community held a tasting in the attic of his store in Amersfoort, reason enough for us to go there and enjoy the remarkable line-up.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
the Lakes Distillery organised by The Whisky Wire. In the lined up was their blended British whisky the One, and the company's gin. Their gin was a bit of a new experience for us, since we have not tasted many of those before.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
part one of our visit to Whisky Live Holland in the Hague, we already told about Hans Offringa's masterclass about American Whisky - especially the Jim Beam expressions. Like other masterclasses during the festival, it lasted 45 minutes, so there was little time for chitchat and making elaborate tasting notes. Time was deliberately kept to 45 minutes for the visitors to the main event, in order for them not to lose too much time. Douglas Laing's Jan Beckers had arranged to draw the longest end of the straw though; his XXL masterclass with a selection if six Director's Cut whiskies would be in between the two main sessions of the Saturday and lasted a very relaxed one hour and forty-five minutes.
Monday, 17 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
|Photo: Martijn Krolis|
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Glenfiddich distillery, the group had to get back into the car to drive the half mile or so to the Balvenie distillery. We took the car, because we were out of time (big lunch) and crossing the terrain without high-visibility vests and a tour-guide, is simply not allowed. At the visitor's reception - a livingroom like place where our guide Katya had made us coffee and tea (with Walker's of course) while she told us in short the history and the hows and whys of the distillery. She told us that - sadly - the malting floors were empty at this time, because there had been a company party in the barn. No harm done; Katya had some good stories, "laboratory" samples and pictures to explain the process.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Saturday, 25 October 2014
yesterday's late arrival, we had not seen the crisp and beautiful surroundings of the Parkmore cottages earlier. With the sun shining and the surrounding hills covered in cold, misty clouds, this promised to be a beautiful day. Again. Some of the early risers had already been running or strolling around in the vicinity, and when bacon and eggs were all eaten, we all were ready to start our second day of the trip.