Whisky Magazine Issue 40
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In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established itself as one of THE events in the continental whisky diary.
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established itself as one of THE events in the continental whisky diary. And going by the number of faces and names from the Scotch whisky industry who were putting in their second or third appearance this year, the fair is seen as both a good market place and contact point.
Once again many of the big names in the malt specialist field were there – Douglas Laing, Cadenheads, The Whisky Exchange, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Murray McDavid, Duncan Taylor and many more. Also there were some individual distilleries, notably Springbank and Bruichladdich, often on joint stands, as were German-based specialist importers and distributors.
Soon after opening time, the first day entry queue stretched across the courtyard outside Limburg town hall, and a small courtyard it is not. The entry fee included an etched nosing glass, and 55 of the 60 stands sold whisky at anything from one euro a nip upwards.
The emphasis tends to be on the peaty Islays and Springbank, but there are dozens of forgotten bottlings of rare malts available, both standard and cask strength, some dating back to the 70s and even the 60s, that would take years to track down through specialist shops in Scotland.
Best among the countless superb drams I enjoyed was a cask-strength Glenlochy, well into its mature 30s, from the Douglas Laing stand. It was like drinking six great malts in one. It did not just fill the palate and nose, it seemed to take ove...