Whisky Magazine Issue 75
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A full sensory experience
Angels must have been celebrating in Paris on that lovely Indian summer week-end at the end of September.The Pavillon Gabriel – wasn't Archangel Gabriel the most famous in the white-winged congregation? – owned and run by award winning caterer Potel et Chabot is a rather glamourous address. It faces the Palais de l'Elysée. On that third week-end of September, a lot of public buildings are opened to visitors for the Journées du patrimoine. So was the presidential residence.
More than one exhibitor must have felt a little puzzled when seeing hundreds of people queue in front of Whisky Live venue. In fact they were going just a bit further, probably hoping to shake hands with president Sarkozy.But another crowd attended the salon. Less spectacular but quite as numerous along the three days.
Nearly 4,000 whisky aficionados poured out into Whisky Live Paris in a continuous flow.
The setting of the event was quite impressive: 70 exhibitors, among them 42 distilleries displaying about 400 whiskies.
Too many whiskies and definitely not enough time.
Especially with this year theme which promised the visitors l'expérience totale, the full experience.
The idea with such an ambitious program was to put the stress on the solid as well as the liquid.Hence the choice of the venue.Potel et Chabot provided a stunning display of dishes and canapés which were matched with the whiskies.
A prestigious Macallan dinner around the Fine and Oak range started the event on the Friday nig...