Pot Still Festival Amersfoort Netherlands 5-7 October 2012
The 10th edition of the Pot Still Festival took place in "het Klooster" (monastry or convent in Dutch) in Amersfoort from 5 to 7 October 2012.
Amersfoort is a (to Dutch standards) middle large town, second town in the province of Utrecht, right in the heart of the Netherlands.
It is home to whisky-importer Van Wees. Apart from importing whisky, Van Wees also has its own label, "The Ultimate".
These are great, often single cask bottlings from a wide variety of distilleries.
The standard quality of these bottlings is really high and the first bottlings have become collectors' items. Amongst these are Rosebank and Port Ellen bottlings.
Mr Van Wees sr is the man who brought whisky to the Netherlands back in the sixties. It is great to see him present at the festival, welcoming all the guests.
The Van Wees company is organiser of the Pot Still Festival and these people know what they are doing and talking about.
The Pot Still Festival is different from regular whisky festivals in the sense that you can also try and taste all kinds of other distillates like calvados, jenever, grappa, rums and eau de vie.
This makes the whisky tasting more interesting.
Another great thing about this festival is that it is not a commercial festival: you pay entrance fee and no extra drams, euros or other coins to try some older bottlings. Only exception was this years Treasure Room, which had some real spectacular rare and old bottlings. For this a extra fee of €20 was charged which is a bargain.
And last of all, because of the good relationships Van Wees has with a lot of producers you meet people from the actual distilleries, which is always added value in our opinion. So we met George Grant of Glenfarclas, Callum Fraser of Deanston and Keith Cruickshank of Benromach. You will see them all in the video above.
There is a special Glenfarclas Pot Still 10th Edition out. We tasted it..classic Glenfarclas. Don't miss out on that one. And remember: always buy two, one for tasting and one for collecting.