Whisky Weekend Amsterdam 2015

The time has come. The first festival of the year is here again. For us, this was to be a new festival to explore in the Netherlands. Whisky Weekend Amsterdam. The Netherlands has a good spread of different festivals during the year, from small to massive events, so we are spoiled for choice. At the…

Knockdhu: A modern Tradition

  After the Spirit of Speyside Festival earlier in 2014 was over, we stayed another week and visited the Knockdhu Distillery where we met distillery manager Gordon Bruce and his right hand Alistair “Ally” Reid. After this great day Alistair accepted our request to send some questions over to get some more information on this…

"Better blends then, compared to most single malts now"

Every self-respecting Dutch whisky connoisseur knows of the existence of van Wees‘ shop in Amersfoort, their different lines of independent bottlings and their relationship with the industry in and outside of Scotland. Responsible for the fame and success of this business is Mr. Han van Wees, born in 1931 and still going strong. On November…

Whisky in the Jarr – part three: Going to church

After having been introduced into the world of Jim Beam and being directed into drinking some rare old XXL niceties on the Saturday afternoon, the Saturday evening was open for us to step into the church and browse the tables, shake some hands, hug some friends and share a dram with people we just met…

Whisky in the Jarr – part two: XXL tasting with the Director

In part one of our visit to Whisky Live Holland in the Hague, we already told about Hans Offringa’s masterclass about American Whisky – especially the Jim Beam expressions. Like other masterclasses during the festival, it lasted 45 minutes, so there was little time for chitchat and making elaborate tasting notes. Time was deliberately kept…

Whisky in the Jarr – part one: American Whiskey

Half-way in this year’s whisky-season, the time has come for the largest festival in the Netherlands; Whisky Live Holland in the Hague. The biggest festival automatically means the largest number of people, and sadly – the most expensive one. Both the number of people and the prices for the entrance and extras during the time…

Day 4: Tom in a Towel

The day before we had to go home again had arrived, and was once more planned with great events. When the breakfast was devoured again, it was time to get everybody in the van on time to drive from Dufftown to Tomintoul following the B9008 and the B9136. Not having visited, we trusted the GPS…

Day 3 – after lunch: the Balvenie

So, after spending the morning at the Glenfiddich distillery, the group had to get back into the car to drive the half mile or so to the Balvenie distillery. We took the car, because we were out of time (big lunch) and crossing the terrain without high-visibility vests and a tour-guide, is simply not allowed….

Day 3 – before lunch: Glenfiddich

Thursday-morning, the weather was a bit grey and misty when we woke up. After a sturdy breakfast, we drove the small one and a half mile from the cottage to Balvenie Castle. It turned out the van had wipers, and we actually needed to turn them them on to keep our eyes on the road. Sadly,…

Day 2: Aberlour – Rothes – Keith – Craigellachie – Aberlour

Because of yesterday’s late arrival, we had not seen the crisp and beautiful surroundings of the Parkmore cottages earlier. With the sun shining and the surrounding hills covered in cold, misty clouds, this promised to be a beautiful day. Again. Some of the early risers had already been running or strolling around in the vicinity,…

Day 1: Taking some friends along for the ride

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….

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…