donderdag 25 oktober 2012

Visiting Searcys Champagne Bar London

Whenever you go to London by train, which more and more people tend to do and you have a little time left, it is worth while to pay a visit to Searcys Champagne bar at St Pancras train station.
Champagne bar? Yes it is called that way, loads of that stuff to be found, however, the bar also holds a nice selection of (single malt) whisky.
To get to the bar, you take the staircase up right in the middle of the hall.
In the cabinet you will find a nice selection of bottles, the price is not too bad, at least not to London standards. And they serve a decent dram.

The whiskies are divided into regions which help you choose, allthough these days region is not a definition for taste anymore, take for example a peated Benriach and a non-peated Bunnahabhain.

We chose a dram from one of our favorite and relatively unknown distilleries, Mannochmore 1990, bottled by Gordon and Macphail, the independent bottler with probably the largest stock of great quality casks in Scotland.

The bottle had been opened a while ago, which usually does not add up to the taste.
Still the typical style and character of Mannochmore was noticeable: fruity (lemon), zesty, oily. It's really a pity this distillery doesn't get bottled as a single malt more often. We only have 20 bottles of Mannochmore in our collection..
If you ever get your hands on the James MacArthur's single cask 1990, buy it. Fantastic malt, add a bit of water and you'll enjoy it even more.
Anyway, back to Searcys. As we said, a nice place to start your visit to London.
Of course when you are departing from London eg to Brussels, it's a great place too.
More information can be found on their website

maandag 15 oktober 2012

Pot Still Festival Holland 2012

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.

vrijdag 5 oktober 2012

Whiskytips start to blog

Along with a Youtube channel and a Twittersite, Whiskytips has started a blog. In this blog you will find our experiences, tasting notes,photos, links and of course tips on (the world of) whiskey, whisky, rye and bourbon. You can find our tweets here: You can also find us on Youtube here: Just look out for "Whiskytips"! This weekend we will be at the Potstill Festival in Amersfoort . Video-report coming soon! Enjoy your dram! (We know we will!)