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Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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Injustthreeyears,theWhiskyFairatLimburginGermanyhasestablisheditselfasoneofTHEeventsinthecontinentalwhiskydiary.

Injustthreeyears,theWhiskyFairatLimburginGermanyhasestablisheditselfasoneofTHEeventsinthecontinentalwhiskydiary.AndgoingbythenumberoffacesandnamesfromtheScotchwhiskyindustrywhowereputtingintheirsecondorthirdappearancethisyear,thefairisseenasbothagoodmarketplaceandcontactpoint.

Onceagainmanyofthebignamesinthemaltspecialistfieldwerethere–DouglasLaing,Cadenheads,TheWhiskyExchange,ScotchMaltWhiskySociety,MurrayMcDavid,DuncanTaylorandmanymore.Alsothereweresomeindividualdistilleries,notablySpringbankandBruichladdich,oftenonjointstands,aswereGerman-basedspecialistimportersanddistributors.

Soonafteropeningtime,thefirstdayentryqueuestretchedacrossthecourtyardoutsideLimburgtownhall,andasmallcourtyarditisnot.Theentryfeeincludedanetchednosingglass,and55ofthe60standssoldwhiskyatanythingfromoneeuroanipupwards.

TheemphasistendstobeonthepeatyIslaysandSpringbank,buttherearedozensofforgottenbottlingsofraremaltsavailable,bothstandardandcaskstrength,somedatingbacktothe70sandeventhe60s,thatwouldtakeyearstotrackdownthroughspecialistshopsinScotland.

BestamongthecountlesssuperbdramsIenjoyedwasacask-strengthGlenlochy,wellintoitsmature30s,fromtheDouglasLaingstand.Itwaslikedrinkingsixgreatmaltsinone.Itdidnotjustfillthepalateandnose,itseemedtotakeovermyentireheadandremainthereforages.

TheWhiskyFairisalsoagreatplaceforthecollectorofrarewhiskiesandrarebottlings,someofthempricedinthefour-figurestratosphere.ButtherearemanyexcellentraremaltsforsaleatwellbelowUnitedKingdomprices.AndalthoughScottishmalt...

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