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.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

"Better blends then, compared to most single malts now"

Every self-respecting Dutch whisky connoisseur knows of the existence of 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


November 26th we were selected as one of the lucky few to join a Twitter Tasting from 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

Whisky in the Jarr - part three: Going to church

After having been introduced into the world of Jim Beam and being directed into drinking some rare old XXL niceties on the Saturday afternoon, the Saturday evening was open for us to step into the church and browse the tables, shake some hands, hug some friends and share a dram with people we just met for the first time. Whisky brings people together, and so does the largest whisky festival in the Netherlands.