Whisky van de Lage Landen

Traveling through the world of whisky, mainly in and around the promised land – Scotland, WhiskySpeller has also visited a handful of distilleries in our home country the Netherlands, and our southern neighbours in Belgium. While still putting together our list of distilleries to visit next, we received an invitation to a book launch mid-June…

Dungeons & Eagles

In our search for the next passionate Dutch distiller, we travel to the picturesque municipality of Doesburg, where medieval monastery “Het Arsenaal” has been converted to house several small businesses. Where a Grand Café, small cinema, game store, wine merchant and whisky specialist already had found their home, a micro distillery has joined inside their…

The Foam Party

The last couple of months we have been busy filling our days with work, trying (and failing) to avoid the flu epidemic(s), study, look for a new job, read, assess and review books (which feels close to studying), taste liquors and make notes on them, setup and create pictures, visit families who, apparently, need attention…

Little Black Hill – Knockando Distillery

During the heydays of the Scottish Whisky industry in the end of the nineteenth century, dreamer, gambler and entrepreneur John Tytler Thompson decided to build a new distillery on the banks of the river Spey. He commissioned acclaimed architect and engineer Charles Doig to build him a modern distillery, the first Speyside distillery to be…

The Road to Craigellachie

The Road to Craigellachie starts with Hans sipping his first whisky in 1974 and falling in love with the spirit put in front of him. From this moment on, Hans’ adventures into the world of whisky starts with his first trip to the UK after his studies, not exactly knowing what to do next and…

The Can-Dhu-Spirit

On many occasions in the last few years, we have shared our stories traveling through the Speyside region with its omnipresent distilleries. It seems that every week, another of the existing ones are opening their doors to the public, create visitors’ centres and install good kitchens and lunchrooms to attract many visitors to the distillery…

Villa de Varda

From time to time, we love to step out of our comfort zone whisky provides for us, and look closer at another distilled product the world has to offer. Last Christmas we were challenged to go a little deeper into bourbon and cognac, we recently discovered a new Dutch moonshine and we are no strangers…

The Jameson Experience

In last week’s article, we told you about what we have experienced with Irish Distillers’ Method and Madness brand launch in Dublin, the Q&A tasting the next morning and the visit to the archives and micro distillery with all their mad ideas in Midleton. Having some spare time before our plane would bring us back…

Briny Dutch Moonshine

The Netherlands has lots of beautiful corners and stretches of nature and its own selection of wildlife. One of our favorite places to go to and relax for the past 20 years we have been together, is certainly one of the many Frisian Islands, better known as the Wadden Islands. This group of islands starting…

Eleven Boutique-y Gins!

The indie whisky bottler with the hard to overlook, eye-catching, hand-illustrated labels, That Boutique-y Whisky Company , has recently adopted a sister, which they uniquely named That Boutique-y Gin Company. The brand spanking new venture focusses on gins from the world’s best distilleries, brands and minds, with fun and informative hand-illustrated labels created by Grace…

The Land Between Two Rivers – The Edradour Distillery

It doesn’t seem to matter if the weather is dreach or the sun is out on its highest peak, the Edradour distillery seems to attract busloads of people every day during the season. Not so strange really, if you take a look at the tiny bridges over the rushing cooling water of the Edradour burn,…

The Malt Whisky Yearbook

Since we started to appreciate whisky and wanted to learn more about this intriguing amber spirit and the many distilleries the world has to offer, we swiftly learned about a book that would fit our needs perfectly, and was added to our collection. The Malt Whisky Yearbook was first published in 2006 and every autumn…