Sunday, 22 March 2015

whisky and food pairing

Late March 2015, Spring has just begun and we were invited to a whisky and food pairing in our own city of Almere, the Netherlands. Almere does not have a rich history of whisky (nor, for that matter, a history at all), but the organisers had managed to get about 25 people together in restaurant Krab aan de Haven in the harbour - of the oldest part of Almere. Dutch Glenfiddich ambassador and whisky enfant terrible [meant lovingly] Tony van Rooijen was selected as our host for the afternoon, and had, together with the restaurant’s chef, cooked up a line-up of six different whiskies paired with six small dishes.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

de Molenberg Distillery

After a weekend away in the lovely town of Maastricht, in the South of the Netherlands, we decided to make a little detour on the Sunday we drove back, and visit de Molenberg distillery in Blaasveld, Belgium, number 59 on our list of visited distilleries since the start of our crazy adventure in April 2012.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Weduwe Joustra

In our ongoing discovery of the #DutchSpirit we went to the North of the Netherlands to the lovely town of Sneek, connected to the Frysian waters, with old details and bridges throughout the city. A place where you can feel and breath Dutch history.

At the site of the Weduwe Joustra, this is no different. Located in one of the older streets and buildings in the heart of Sneek. An old small building tucked away in the middle of the street, with a long history lying behind its walls. The Weduwe Joustra exists since 1864, and celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hielander Festival 2015

This was our third time going to Alkmaar to visit the Hielander Whisky Festival and we were loving the relaxed feel it has to it all. At this event, the people behind the tables still have some time to talk to you about their whiskies, and it is great seeing people again from the Dutch whisky scene.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Säntis Malt - Swiss Highlander

At some of the festivals we recently visited we have noticed and tasted some of the products of Säntis Malt, produced at Locher AG brewery located in Appenzell, Switserland.

In 1886, the Locher family took over the brewery in Appenzell and today, the brewery has been in the hands of the family for five generations. There are over 90 employees who - when making their products, are aiming to keep the local character and Appenzell traditions, to exceed all expectations of Appenzeller Bier.

The beer specialties brewed in the traditional brewery each have their own unique and distinctive character, formed by craftsmanship in true brewing tradition, and by high quality demands and diligence in manufacturing.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

This place in South Africa where whiskies stand on their heads

There is this beautiful distillery in South Africa, called the James Sedgwick distillery, home of proud distillery manager Andy Watts. We already had the pleasure to meet Andy in 2014 when he was here from South Africa for a cricket tournament in the Netherlands - nothing to do with whisky, but nonetheless, we decided to meet and greet in L&B’s whisky bar in Amsterdam to talk some whisky. 

We wrote a little post back then about the pioneering spirit of him and the distillery. Being a master distiller and only the sixth distillery manager at the James Sedgwick distillery since it was established in 1886, is something special for sure. This time we would like to dive into a little more depth at this South African distillery and the team behind it.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

In conversation with Andrew Hart

We had the pleasure of meeting Andrew “Andy” Hart for a couple of times at festivals with the stand of Whisky Import Nederland. Andy is always ready to answer your most difficult questions about his products with a big smile on his face. Every time it is great to meet again and have a chat about the very lovely bottlings they have.

We became curious about the story behind “The Maltman” bottles and the man behind the stand. Andy is from Meadowside Blending, run by his father and himself. He was very kind to answer some of our questions and let us have a look in the world of an independent bottler.

Monday, 19 January 2015



noun: fledgling; plural noun: fledglings; noun: fledgeling; plural noun: fledgelings

~ , a young bird that just has its feathers and is learning to fly.
~ , a person or organization that is immature, inexperienced, or underdeveloped.
~ , a spirit that has not been matured fully, and is on its way to becoming whisky.

All similar to what WhiskySpeller is now, officially blogging together one year. Today. January 19th 2015.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Whisky Weekend Amsterdam 2015

The time has come. The first festival of the year is here again. For us, this was to be a new festival to explore in the Netherlands. Whisky Weekend Amsterdam. The Netherlands has a good spread of different festivals during the year, from small to massive events, so we are spoiled for choice. At the end of the year we make a list and decide which festival to visit. We are always looking to visit new events, but sadly can't visit them all. Plans are made, tickets booked and options kept open.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Knockdhu: A modern Tradition

After the Spirit of Speyside Festival earlier in 2014 was over, we stayed another week and visited the 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.