#WhiskyFabric Gathering – Feis Ile 2015

Plans for the Feis Ile 2015 festivities were made over a year before, where online chats began about the 200th year celebrations of Ardbeg and Laphroaig and how cool it would be to be able to meet all of the #WhiskyFabric people on Islay. Most people we had met only online so far, and we…

the Beast of Dufftown

Over the past few years, we have tasted our fair share of Mortlach whiskies, and except for the rare Diageo bottlings, most of them were only available from independent bottlers, and most of the ones we have tasted we in private collections other than our own (hence the lack of proper notes). Times change; Diageo announced mid…

The Spirit of Speyside Bake Off

The Whisky Shop Dufftown recently ran a competition to find the best Speyside whisky inspired Cupcake of Muffin. Contestors had to think whisky, and invent a whisky inspired cupcake or muffin. Of course a (well available) Speyside whisky had to be either in the cupcake, or had to fit the recipe in a pairing. After a couple…

A Sensory trip through the Seasons with Martine Nouet

  After an amazing 10 course opening dinner we told you all about in an earlier post, we had some more food and whisky combinations during the Whisky Festival Noord Nederland. We were lucky enough to have obtained tickets to another of Martine Nouet‘s masterclass where she paired eight different bites – four sweet and four…

Whats cooking…?

  Almost two years ago we made our first quick visit to Zuidam Distillers in Baarle Nassau, in the south of the Netherlands. Plans to go back to them were made a while ago already, and we were looking forward to seeing the place again with their new stills added to the distillery and other…

WFNN 2015 opening dinner

  The earlier mentioned WFNN tenth anniversary opening dinner was in one word; fantastic. As we might have hinted on some occasions, we are experimenting with food and whisky for some time already, in order to find what fits well in combination with one another. We got tipped that the organisation had planned a ten-course…

Ten years old

  In Groningen, up North in the Netherlands, the Whisky Festival Noord Nederland (WFNN) has celebrated its tenth anniversary. Because we have been regular visitors to this festival and always had fun, we decided to dig deep into our pockets, and have them entertain us during this extra-special edition from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon….

whisky and food pairing

  Late March 2015, Spring has just begun and we were invited to a whisky and food pairing in our own city of Almere, the Netherlands. Almere does not have a rich history of whisky (nor, for that matter, a history at all), but the organisers had managed to get about 25 people together in…

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…

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…

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…

Fledglings

  /ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ/ 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…