My trip report.
On 17 and 18 May 2014 (last weekend) Whisky Fair Limburg took place (for the 13th time). As luckily happened I participated in the event. Hurrah! I do not have to hide that I really like whisky festivals. They give you the opportunity to try many different single malts, meet people, discuss on the World of Whisky, and just have a good time.
Admission to the Whisky Fair organizers valued at 10 Euro – tasting glass included. Tickets could also be purchased in advance through the Josef-Kohlmaier Halle website, in this case, the price was 11 Euro + shipping cost around 8 Euros (outside Germany). For those who had purchased the ticket a separate entrance had to be prepared, to avoid the queues. No one probably likes to stand in line, so I decided to buy a ticket in advance. Unfortunately, I woke up too late and a nice lady wrote me an email that there were only two weeks to the festival and she is concerned that the shipment will not arrive. Apparently you can count for Deutsche Post as for our mail. Oh well, it remained to figure in the queue, buy ticket on the site and save 9 Euro ;). In addition, I need to point out that the entrance fee didn’t entitle to a free tasting, as a rule for every dram you had to pay separately, unless the presenter wanted to treat you. Prices for a dram ranged from 2 to 120 Euro.
I had an accommodation in Frankfurt (to Limburg about 40-50 minutes with Autobahn). On Saturday morning I decided to get enough sleep and eat a big breakfast. After that it was 1100, when I headed to Limburg. On site, it turned out that the queue that formed already from 1000 was entirely unloaded and there was no problem to enter. As you can see there are some advantages of lazy mornings. On the other hand, I could not write up for any Masterclasses, all of them were already sold out.
Inside at once I met Daniel and Grzegorz from whiskymywife.pl, and Daniel and Jurek from bestwhiskymarket.pl. After a short conversation the great tour started.
Below I enclose some photos showing the situation the best. In the case of tasted single malts I limited myself to indicate the specific element that stuck in my memory. I think when trying out more whiskies and at relatively low doses it is not possible to write down deeper tasting notes, not to even mention any scoring opportunities.
View of the main hall from the audience.
Newly known independent bottler Glen Fahrn Germany.
First dram – Springbank 21 years old, 46% ABV – did not distinguish by anything in particular.
Collection from MALTBARN.
Port Ellen 29 years old, 52% ABV – beautiful aroma of bandages.
Laphroaig Select – the youngest child from distillery, so far hasn’t met with many favorable reviews. I refrained from trying, the time will come for that.
The team from Islay.
There was also Chichibu.
Bunnahabhain 34 years old, 45,4% ABV from Sansibar. Pretty good, slightly spicy, sweetish, with a hint of bitterness.
Collection from Rieger’s Selection.
Old bottlings, in it old Laphroaig 10 years old.
Kavalan Solist Fino – had a very pleasant and inviting aroma, taste quite sharp.
Old bottlings continuation.
This Bowmore I would gladly take home.
Back to 1950 – Macallan.
Karuizawa 1969. I have this whisky, yet not open. Tasting sample secured.
Bowmore 12 years old, 59,6% ABV from Blackadder. The classic Bowmore in cask strength version – elements of sweetness and after some time, a lot of wet earth, nice.
Springbank 15 years old. Private bottling for Cologne Single Malt Trust. I was bewitched here with beautiful, unusual nose.
Laphroaig 15 years old, 45% ABV from Sammaroli. Lots of salt, ash, smoke and smoked. Yum.
Ledaig 21 years old, 50,9% ABV from Douglas Laing Old Particular. The smell of biscuits, the taste quite spicy and citrusy with bitter finish.
Macmyra from Sweden. Scent of a citrus, lemon, grapefruit, raspberries, a little peat.
It’s a real museum exhibit. Strathisla distilled in 1927!
I do not even know exactly what it is – Greenfield from 1965. The nose betrays the sherry casks influence, flavor lacks power.
Meeting with Serge.
At the end Clynelish 17 years old, 54% ABV from The Whisky Cask. Quite good.
The charming streets of Limburg.
By the way of this trip I have also visited Heidelberg. Beautiful city.
View from the castle.
It was my first time in Limburg. The main difference to the Whisky Live is the fact that most of the basic drams there are in the ticket price, but it is of course more expensive. In addition, on the Whisky Fair Limburg there are definitely more independent bottles and collectors. You can try more rare and inaccessible single malts.
I qualify the event to the definitely successful. I warmly greet all the people encountered along the way. See you at the next Whisky Fair Limburg!