Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Taking some friends along for the ride

The whole group ready to go to Scotland! 
Over a year ago, we got the idea to organise a trip to Scotland with a group of our whisky friends and have some whisky-related fun. It would be our first experience as "travel-agents" and after many preparations and planning, the day had finally come that everybody gathered at our place for a pre-travel tasting. Glen Garioch (the distillery was sadly not on the schedule) had send us a threesome of drams to try with our whisky-friends via their #GGDrambasador programme, and what better moment to have a go at these than this evening.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Whisky & Rum aan Zee

Having a chat with Richard
(Photo Whisky-Photographers)
Some years ago, we first learned about the existence of this whisky & rum festival in the harbours of Ijmuiden, organised by Richard and Esther Blesgraaf, who run the Zeewijck wine and whisky shop in the city. Last year we were too late to book a hotel room last minute (literally), we then decided to book well in advance for this years' event and a hotel room in the Holiday Inn hotel where the event was held. The event itself is held for the ninth time, and it was the fourth time at this hotel where the complete top-floor was re-decorated to accommodate about 500 people.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Pot Still Festival 2014

The Potstill Festival is a whisky and spirit festival organised by importer and distributor van Wees in Amersfoort, where we already have been to for some years, and has grown into a tradition with a growing group of friends. Besides whisky, they have a wide selection of cognac, eua-de-vie, armagnac, grappa, rum and other distilled products available, most of them represented by the distillers themselves. This year was the twelfth edition of the festival, and we were lucky enough to go there for two three-hour sessions on the Saturday.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Whisky by the Sea 2014

Junction Gorinchem: our view for most of the trip 
With whisky-festival season in full-throttle again, we found ourselves at our first festival since Speyside, in Vlissingen - way south in the Netherlands, in the province of Zeeland (where new-Zealand gets it's name from), in a small theatre on the coast of the North-Sea. Organisation was in the capable hands of Ronald Zwartepoorte, Keeper of the Quaigh and editor in chief of Dutch Whisky Passion magazine.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sharing the passion

In our stories about the travels we make, we do not only visit Scotland, but also explore outside that beautiful country. A Friday morning in September we decided to take a road trip after work and go to the Dutch island called Texel for the weekend and just relax and have the wind in our hair and feet in the sand.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Compass Box - Artisan Scotch Whiskymakers

For some time we have been on the lookout for the many expressions of the Compass Box range in order to explore what they have put together in their next production. Their labels with crazy good artwork can be spotted in many whisky shops, but sadly they do not always get the prominent spot they deserve. For many people it is an unknown "niche" blend-brand they would easily skip, and grab a bottle of their known favorite single malt, which is a shame, and no good reason not to check them out.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The pioneering spirit

Recently we had the pleasure to meet Andy Watts from The James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa. He is master distiller and only the sixth distillery manager at distillery since it was established in 1886.

Monday, 8 September 2014


In the Twitter Tasting of Tomatin earlier this week organized by the Whisky Wire we had the pleasure to experience the four latest expressions next to each other of Tomatin's Cuatro Series. The samples were tasted blind and accompanied with four smaller samples of something misterious. These turned out to be the four different types of Sherry of which the casks were used to mature the whiskies.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Maltstock 2014

Sadly, Maltstock 2014 is over. For the sixth time, the event was organized in an accommodation "het Buitencentrum" in a small oak-and-pine forest in Overasselt, close to the city of Nijmegen in the south-east of the Netherlands. This was only our second visit to the relaxed whisky weekend, but it has already become clear that the dates of 25, 26 and 27 September 2015 will already be blocked in WhiskySpeller's calendar.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Tomatin Distillery

After visiting the Tomatin Distillery briefly in 2012 [they did not have any tours on a Sunday], we promised ourselves to come back for a tour and explore more of their expressions. In May 2014 we were at the Speyside Festival, so we arranged to go back and boy, were we happy we did.