Whisky Magazine Issue 129
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Uncovering a country fascinated by whisky
Although famed for its fine brewing pedigree, Germany is also developing a fearsome reputation in the whisky world, thanks largely to the country's many fanatical connoisseurs of the spirit. In fact, in Limburg, about 45 minutes by car north west of Frankfurt, you'll find perhaps one of the most popular whisky gatherings in Europe.
The Limburg Whisky Fair, which occurs every April attracts around 6 – 7,000 whisky drinkers over a weekend and is geared towards the more discerning whisky fan – many of whom perhaps border on the obsessive. But rest assured, Limburg is not as intimidating as it sounds. Although you won't perhaps find ‘every day' expressions of your favourite distilleries, that is not really the point. Expect to be amazed by the sheer – no wait – staggering number of rare, old long-lost and unique single cask bottlings you have always wanted to try, alongside many newly released expressions from independent bottlers from across Europe. There are also plenty of specially bottled festival drams too, ranging from a millennial Glenfarclas offering to a 1995 Imperial. But alongside the wealth of quality Scotch, Limburg is as good a place as any to start exploring the growing number of domestic German whisky distillers too.
Like much of Western Europe, distilling spirits has been popular in Germany for centuries, but has largely focused on the production of fruit brandies. However in the last three decades, a few brandy pro...