In the last weekend of September I went to Paris, for Whisky Live Paris 2013. It is now the 10th edition of this festival, going back to 2003.
I flew to Paris on Friday evening. Everything went very good, until arrival hall at the airport, where my appointed and prepaid transfer hasn’t been wainting. Hmm, after a few phone calls, the driver came and drove me to the hotel. The best is that on my way back home, after appointed hour the boys from transfer called with information that they will not come for me at all. That’s called “professional service”… But nevertheless interesting memories.
I do not need to say that Paris is a very vibrant city. At midnight, the streets are full of people, cafes are open, so it is not a trouble to have late lunch and calm down the emotions associated with the transfer.
Festival was supposed to start on Saturday at 1230, so after nice breakfast I visited nearby Pantheon, that the French have dedicated to their national heroes. There is also the tomb of Marie Sklodowska-Curie.
Whisky Live Paris was organized in a five storey building – La Maison de la Mutualité. Like in the case of the Whisky Live Tokyo 2013, before entering the large queue has gathered.
After checking the tickets, I went straight to my favourite Karuizawa stand, where I tasted two versions: 31 years old – distillation in October 1981, the bottling in June 2013, and 33 years old – distillation in March 1980, bottling in June 2013. In the same place you could taste the young Japanese works of Chichibu.
During further exploring I came across a nicely arranged position of Glenfiddich.
Also products from Diageo presented well.
In a separate room so-called New World Whisky was located. Most place took rapidly growing Kavalan from Taiwan. There were also Amrut from India, Penderyn from Wales, Mackmyra from Sweden, Armorik from France, Sullivan’s Cove and Hellyers Road from Tasmania. As well as many others.
I was positively surprised by single malt whisky from New Zealand – The New Zealand Whisky. Their position was handled by one of the owners and the Master Distiller. The atmosphere in this place was very nice so I let myself the longer tasting.
In the meantime, on the 5th floor you could eat a little. As it befits France they served cheese, of course not with wine but with whisky. Yum!
Independent Bottler’s, Signatory, position was prepared very interestingly. A separate, shaded area, filled with casks. I felt like in the warehouse where the whisky matures.
During the festival I also participated in Masterclasses, I tried a few collectables single malts, with one of which in particular felt in my memory and I was at a lunch prepared by Nikka. All these things I’ll write about in the following posts.
After the end of the first day of the Whisky Live Paris 2013, no one even thought to go to bed. Evening is only “half day”.