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Issue 42 - TomesofZurich

Whisky Magazine Issue 42
September 2004

 

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TomesofZurich

Switzerlandmightnotseemanobviousplacetofindagoodwhiskybar,buttheWidderBarisjustthat.JeffersonChasereports

ZurichisoneofthoseplacesyougowhenyouwanttopretendtobeJamesBondforawhile.SetagainstafantasticbackdropofshimmeringlakewatersandsnowcoveredAlpinepeaks,thecitystillexudesthesamecoollyunderstated,hedonisticstyleitdidinthelate‘60s,when007cruisedaroundSwitzerlandinOnHerMajesty'sSecretService.Andwherethere'sstyle,there'sgottobewhisky.

LocatedatRennweg7onthesimultaneouslyquaintandultra-poshrightbankoftheRiverLimmat,theWidderBarisn'tostentatious.Asimpleram'sheadabovethedoor(widderbeingGermanforSagittarius)markstheentrance,andthebuildingusedtoplayhometothelocalbutchers'guild.Butonceyou'reinside,andyoureyeshaveadjustedsufficientlytotheextremelydiscretelightingtoseetherowsoftreatsliningonelongwall,you'llrealisethatthisisdefinitelynotaneverydayworking-man'sjoint.

“I'msorryIcan'tletyousamplethisbecauseitcostme2000francs,”saysmanagerMarkusBlattner,whohasjustretrievedabottleofBlackBowmorefromthebarsafe.“Buthaveyouevertrieda17yearoldHighlandParkfrom1958?”

“Notrecently,”I'mtemptedtosay,butfortunatelybrainandcurioustastebudsintervene.TheWidderBar'sstocksincludeahostofrarities,everythingfroma40yearoldMacallanfromGordon&MacPhailtoaSkylab-eraCardhutothecontroversialBlackBruichladdich.Pre-1980bottlingsareoneofBlattner'sspecialities,andI'mamazedatthedifferencebetweentheHighlandParkheputsinfrontofmeandtoday'sincarnation.

TheWidderBaritselfisamixofoldandnew.Someofthewoodenstrutsholdinguptheceiling,aswellasthebuildingcourtyard,datebacktotheearly13thcentury.ButthebarandtheWidderHotel–...

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