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Nov
09

Autumn Travel Recap

Whisky Live Glasgow 11-12 September

The biggest ballroom in Scotland, at the Thistle Hotel , Glasgow was the appointed venue for Whisky Live on home turf.  The central location made it easier for everyone to find and judging by the amount of visitors to Duncan Taylors stand, we were in prime location too!  Proving how cosmopolitan Glasgow is these days, we had visitors from Sweden in the north to Argentina in the south. The weekend started early for some, at the Independent Bottler of the Year lunch, where Jacque proudly accepted her first award on behalf of Duncan Taylor, Best Lowland whisky, more on that later. That evening was the Awards Dinner,  hardly hungry after a 3 course lunch, we boarded coaches to Auchentoshan Distillery, where we were treated to Scottish fare of the best and the official awards were duly handed to worthy winners.  Congratulations all and to the Whisky Magazine team that make it all happen. I now weigh half a stone more and wonder if I am being fattened up for Christmas!

Potstill Festival 2-4 October

Jacque made her annual pilgrimage to the monastery in Amersfoort Holland, the Potstill Festival!  It was great to see so many religiously return after finding Duncan Taylor last year and becoming dedicated fans.  The Springbank and Tomatin were among the favourites, and many returned quoting their DT choice as the best of the event! This year saw more retailers appear, learning about the whiskies and making decisions for their festive selection boxes. The monks and nuns of the Potstill team did a brilliant job of organising. I pray we can do it all again next year.

Germany

At Limburg this year Jacque worked alongside Herr Reiffersheid and his team of happy helpers – some of which came along to the October tasting at their shop in Bonn Mehlem – great to see Frank and Benno again, as well as Barbel and Lutz. DTC whiskies have pride of place in store and a huge selection of our Grain, Malt and Blend is available. Black Bull caused a stampede, this blend is just so moreish!

The following night and a trip down the Rhine, ended at Heppenheim and the “warehouse sized” bottle shop owned by brothers Norbert and Alfred Weiser.  Norbert’s son Mark has travelled many miles in search of great whisky, so  it is good to know our bottles are in the hands of those that can do them justice.  They have a function suite all set up and in no time we were taking our own trip around Scotland with whiskies from all regions.  It is not easy keeping a group of 50 together with 8 drams consumed, but we made it as far as Islay! There was not time to explore the vine yards around the town, shame, she will need to go back again!

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