vrijdag 19 september 2014

Most wanted and famous whiskycollection worldwide bought by Dutchman

The Dutch documentary ‘Nederland Whiskyland’, which premieres on the 20th September at filmfestival ‘Film by the sea’, shows from nearby how Dutch whiskey-expert and investor Michel Kappen outsmarts everybody in buying the most wanted single malt Scottish whiskycollection in the world after years of intensive negotiations. The exact purchase price has not been revealed, but it concerns millions. It is also the only whiskycollection ever that appeared as a book.

Documentarymaker Gwen Jansen followed Michel Kappen with a camera for almost two years in order to be the first and only one to capture the dramatic takeover of the Valentino Zagatti collection. The dramatic takeover had been canceled or postponed several times during this period, because the 83-year old Italian owner Valentino Zagatti, who is blind,  found it extremely difficult to say farewell to his collection of almost 3000 whisky bottles. As the result of a genius move Michel eventually succeeded. The collection has been transferred  to the Scotch Whisky International museum in Sassenheim, and will be displayed there for the next decade.

Blind collector

Valentino Zagatti is an 83-year old Italian who collected the best bottles of whisky from across the world, despite the fact that he has been blind since the age of twelve. The collection containes 3013 bottles of Scottish single malt whisky. Zagatti lives together with his wife in a relatively small familyhouse in Italy. All bottles are closed and cover the wall in his house.

Nederland Whiskyland

With the arrival of the most famous Scottish whiskycollection worldwide, our country is enriched with another whiskeypearl. We already had the world largest whisky fair and the first whisky camping in the world. The documentary ‘Nederland Whiskeyland’ shows the viewer the remarkable rich whiskyculture in the Netherlands. Prominent Scottish whisky experts confirm on camera, slightly astonished, that the Dutch probably know more about Scottish single malt whisky than the Scotch do themselves. More than 2.5 million people drink whisky in our country. Producer of the documentary is JansenJager, Beeldmakers.
Gwen Jansen & crowdfunding
It is the first long documentary filmed by Gwen Jansen (40). She was a succesful entrepreneur in the automotive branche. Three years ago she sold her companies, which made it possible for her to focus on her biggest passion, namely making films. She launched the website www.nederlandwhiskyland.nl and started a crowdfund campaign in order to gather the required capital to make films without subsidies. Many private investors decided to participate, and especially with the support of Scotch Whisky International and Maxxium Nederland/World of Whisky, she managed to put the required capital on the table. There was also support from other organisations, such as Mo√ęt Hennessy Nederland, De Monnik Dranken, Infinity Nederland, VKV Groep, De Lunterse Boer, Intercaves en WhiskyPassion. All parties signed an agreemeent that kept Gwen Jansen in charge of the content of the movie. Jansen also instituted a Board of Advisory with independent experts from the whiskeyworld to ensure full independency of the film. 
Whiskytips is proud to be a member of the Board.

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zaterdag 13 september 2014

Tasting Kings County Distillery chocolate “flavored” whiskey

On a sunny Saturday we made our way to Brooklyn NYC coming from Manhattan.

As real Dutchies by bicycle of course. Check out the GoPro video we made crossing the Brooklyn Bridge accompanied by music of Grandmaster Flash.

Going around on a bicycle in NYC is simply great. You get much better views on the city and it’s an easy town to cycle. More and more New Yorker discover the advantages of cycling. It’s fast, clean and you get a free work-out at the same time.

Our main target was Kings County Distillery located on the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the former Paymaster Building. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is located between the Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg bridge and looks out over Manhattan.

Kings County Distillery was founded in 2010 by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell. They are also the authors of: The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to make and drink whiskey.

A craft distillery, with growing potential. But they are not in a rush, as Colin stated to us. Colin guided us around the distillery; we were able to shoot some videofootage before the official tour.

Kings County Distillery offers a range of products, like bourbon and moonshine.

Their most remarkable product in our humble opinion the chocolate “flavored” whiskey. It is basically moonshine, infused with ground cacao bean husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate, whose factory is nearby.

Without exaggeration this stuff can be put right next to Cointreau or Kahlua, perfect after dinner with a cup of coffee. The bottle we bought was empty even before we left the States. That was a shame, cause this fantastic product is not yet available in the Netherlands. Understandable however, because everyone in the States wants it. Anyway, we urge Dutch importers to get their hands on a few cases, we will order 6 bottles in advance thank you.
And Colin, please do pop over to introduce your products on one of the whisky festivals over here. We'll help you out!

Tasting notes:

Colour: dark sherry

Nose: pure chocolate, vanilla, pinewood, laurel, espresso coffee, wet tobacco

Taste: chocolate, sweet, the bourbon comes through, liquorice

Finish: the chocolate holds on for a comfortable long time, slightly salty, sweet bitterness, hint of white pepper

Conclusion: This is going to be a major hit, no doubt. One more reason to go back to NYC..

©Whiskytips 2014

Website of King County Distillery, NYC

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