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The Whisky Fair in Limburg

 4 May 2008  

Last weekend I visited the "Whisky Fair" in Limburg. I met with old (and new) friends and I had a really good time. As usual, there were lots of old, rare, and/or won­der­ful malts on offer. I attended two very nice master classes, one with Robin Tucek (from Blackadder) and the other with Mario Groteklaes (from The Nectar). The former had really good whiskies and the latter was very funny (ok, the whiskies were very good too!)

Anyway, here are my notes on the best whiskies from the weekend. First out is the new whisky of the month: (thanks, Lukas!)

Benriach 1968 37 y.o. (Duncan Taylor, 48.6%, cask 2597):
Wonderful nose with fresh notes of tropical fruits and vanilla; sweet, fruity, fresh, very, very nice palate with a hint of peat in the finish (92 p)

Caol Ila 1995 12 y.o. (Blackadder, 60.8%):
Nice fruity and peaty nose; the palate is at first light, sweet and fruity, then de­velops quite a bit of peat, with thick wood smoke in the finish; very nice! (87 p)

Glenlivet 1975 32 y.o. (Blackadder, 51.9%, cask 1040):
Lovely nose with lots of fruit (orange, peach, melon ...); sweet, fruity palate, also a little spicy with just the right amount of oak (89 p)

Imperial 11 y.o. "Lime Pair" (The Daily Dram, 46%):
Very fruity, very nice nose with notes of lime, orange and pear; fruity, spicy palate, de­velops a grassy note and a hint of peat (88 p)

Laphroaig 1990 18 y.o. (Blackadder, 56.3%, cask 2247):
Sweet, fruity and peaty palate, also a little spicy with a cereal note; all in all rather nice but a little simple (87 p)

Ledaig 1973 33 y.o. (Whisky Fair, 48%):
Yummy, restrained sherry on the nose with dried fruits and cinnamon, also a little smoky; sweet, won­der­ful palate with notes of gin­ger­bread and oranges followed by a little wood smoke (91 p)

Lochside 1981 26 y.o. (Blackadder, 55.8%, cask 618):
Unusual but very nice nose with notes of fruits and cream; very nice palate with fruity notes from the sherry (89 p)

Longmorn 1969 (Whisky Fair, 54.6%, cask 3724):
Very nice fruity notes, also spicy with a note of gin­ger­bread (bottled by Gordon & MacPhail for the Whisky Fair) (90 p)

Longrow CV (46%):
Peaty, malty, youngish nose, also flowery with wine notes; complex, rather nice palate with fruit and nice peaty notes; a vatting of varying ages (between 6 and 14 years) and cask types (bourbon, sherry, rum, ...) (85 p)

Longrow 18 y.o. (46%):
Peaty, fruity nose with a note of vanilla. Musty, quite peaty palate with wood smoke, also sweet and fruity but the peat and the fruit don't work well together (86 p)

Port Charlotte "PC6" 2001 6 y.o. (61.6%):
Very peaty nose with youthful cereal notes; sweet, fruity, very peaty and rather nice palate; very nice finish with (again) lots of peat and a note of iodine (this will be sensational when it reaches 10 or 12 years!) (86 p)

St. Magdalene 1982 25 y.o. (Blackadder, 61.8%, cask 2180):
Nice, complex, subtle nose: fruity (orange fla­voured candy), grassy and slightly peaty; fresh, fruity palate with more of that orange candy; all in all light, bal­anced and very nice (90 p)

Strathisla 40 y.o. (The Daily Dram, 47.2%):
Complex nose with very nice notes of vanilla and tropical fruits; nice fruity palate but it's also spicy and a little too dry and oaky (87 p)

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