Whisky Magazine Issue 67
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The fourth Whisky Live Paris saw an incredible gathering of rare and exciting drams,we find out more
The theme of Whisky Live Paris 2007 focused on rarity and exception, each stand presenting a ‘collector' to be sampled by the visitors.
A prestigious gathering indeed: 50 old bottles or very limited releases including blends, single malts and a few bourbons.
The oldest was a blend, a Ballantine's bottled in 1935. One of the most acclaimed drams was the Classic Balvenie 18 Years Old, in an original long neck bottle, reminicent of an old armagnac flask.The Laphroaig 10 Years Old dating from the 70s and the Ardbeg 10 Years Old (white label) from the same period were praised by many as exceptional drams.
Once again, Balblair greatly impressed with a 38 Years Old bottling, quite recent but already sold out.
The Glenfiddich stand offered a large selection of old bottlings of the standard version, including the very first one, released in the 60s. Hans-Henrik Hansen, the well-known Danish Glenfiddich expert, had joined William Grant's marketing team to comment on these oldies.And a special tasting was hosted on Thursday night for the aficionados.
The venue matched the theme as Whisky Live Paris was held in the superb salons of Christie's, the famous British auction house.One may wonder what heights some of these bottles would have reached, had they been auctioned instead of being enjoyed.
The pleasure they gave the visitors is one of the best dividends you can expect from a collection.
The event welcomed 2500 visitors in three days.
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