Wednesday, February 27, 2013

02/22 - Finest Spirits, Munich

This year'll be a year full of whisky... it started with the Finest Spirits in Munich... some more whisky-related stuff will follow...

Originally I planned to drive to Munich together with a friend of mine but unfortunately he got ill over night. But before he called me I already had some pork in the smoke for Pulled Pork, so I had to eat it on my own before I walked from the hotel to the place where the event took place...

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Pulled Pork Sandwich

The hotel was just a 20 minutes walk away from the location where the festival took place. It's a museum of the Munich Transport Authority... a cool place for such kinda event.

After entering the hall I made a walk around to get an overview of all those companies who're presenting there stuff... an incredible selection of vintage and rare Single Malt which made my mouth water... there were also exhibitors showing other kinda spirits (it's not only a whisky fair but also other spirits) but my intention was to look for the Malts...

A little selection of the stuff I tried:
  • Bruichladdich 10yo., bottled in the early 80s
  • Bowmore Deluxe bottled in the 70s
  • Balblair 10yo. bottled in the 80s
  • Aberlour-Glenlivet from 30s for Holt (USA)
  • Springbank 17 yo., The Maltman, 1995 – 2012, Oloroso Sherry Cask, 50.3%
  • 31yo. Macduff (cask sample that will be bottled for the SSMC)
  • 30yo. Brora (bottled 2007), 55.7%
  • Ardbeg, 7yo. SMWS 33.75 ‘Penetrates and explodes’, Single Cask
  • Bruichladdich 7yo. matured in Port casks only
  • Bruichladdich special vatting of Port Charlotte, Octomore and two 18 and 19 yo. casks of Bruichladdich
  • etc.
They also had a cigar lounge where I took the chance to take a seat and enjoyed a good stick while talking to friends that I don't see every now and then...

Welcome to the Finest Spirits in the MVG Museum

Lots of people later at the evening

Big bottle of Ardbeg


Ardbeg range

The Dallmayr Cigar Lounge

The Dallmayr Cigar Lounge


Bruichladdich from Whisky & Dreams

More Laddies...

Old stuff from the 70s

Those old Laddies are fantastic...

Different Silver Seal bottlings

Old and crusty stuff

Old and crusty stuff

A 10yo Balblair from the 70s

Bowmore Deluxe from the 70s - awesome stuff

Bruichladdich Samaroli's Collection Mayflower 1980

The team of

Another highlight of the evening was the "Bruichladdich Ultimate Tasting - Compare and Contrast" which was organized by Whisky & Dreams. René Arm led through it and made a really good job... those 70 minutes in which we'd 4 different whiskys flew by extremly fast... The line-up was fantastic, here it is:
  • Bruichladdich Ten Years old – old bottling from end 70s / beginning 80s, 0.75l, 43 %: a classic straight “typical” Laddie from the old times.
  • Bruichladdich 21 Years, Cuvee Series 382, 46 %, matured in Sauternes and Barsac casks
  • Bruichladdich 2003 Single Port Wood Cask specially bottled for Whisky & Dreams for the first Bruichladdich Day 2010, 57.5 %, a  rare Single Cask matured 100 % in an exPort Wood Cask
  • Bruichladdich “Isle of the Blessed” 7 Years specially bottled for Whisky & Dreams for the second Bruichladdich Day 2011, 55.0 % which is a special vatting of Octomore, Port Charlotte and two older Casks 17 and 18 Years old from exSherry Wood and Wine Cask

Bruichladdich Tasting - an interesting line-up

René Arm from Whisky & Dreams during the Bruichladdich Tasting

Bruichladdich 10yo., bottled in the late 70s