The Wandering Dram went off shore this week.Laphroaig Distillery,creator of one of our great drams is having their live tasting at Fjäderholmarna near to Stockholm,Sweden. It was a special moment to be there, and get to taste four expressions of this great single malt from Islay. We stayed there for the dinner and spoke with some of the peat lovers we knew from our previous whisky tastings. Yes, for the lovers of peated whisky, nothing beats the aroma of peat, mixed with hints of the sea.
From Fjäderholmarna, we headed towards Helsingborg where we hosted a whisky tasting beside the sea, just before sun set. This whisky tasting was requested by a group of 15 people who wanted to explore six different single malts which they have never tasted before. They gave us their wish list, which we fulfilled with pleasure – Belgian Owl 4y, Longrow Rundlets and Kilderkins,Arran Amerone finish,Glenkinchie Distillers Edition,Port Charlotte 10y and Port Askaig Cask Strenght.
It was special. It was magical. Everyone enjoyed the cozy whisky tasting by the shores of the sea. And we laughed, and talked,while we raised our tasting glasses as the golden rays of the setting sun meet the waves of the sea.
We heard stories from friends and acquaintances about the discomfort of driving to their whisky tasting and heading back after about 2 hours of fun. ” You know what this is like ? ” said Pieter in an animated tone, ” Stress to be on time, enjoy the evening, have fun for 2 hours, and then drive back ! ” he finished his summary with a sigh. This made us stop on our tracks and thought of what can we do about this. Afterall, The Wandering Dram is out there to spread the news about whisky, and make as many people as possible discover this wonderful product of nature and passion. We thought that we can still keep our organized whisky tastings for whisky clubs, beverage shops and companies , but we can also do something else which takes the whisky tasting to another path. We will bring the whisky tasting to the people’s homes. So, off we went with trays of whisky glasses, bottles of whisky, a map of Scotland, and other paraphernalia to many homes and vacation cottages where there are 10 or more people attending the whisky tasting. We all have great fun. Last Saturday, we had an awesome group of people who had their whisky tasting at their cottage in the Ardennes near to Vielsalm. They voted for Longrow Rundlets and Kilderkins to be the best ‘ newly known whisky ‘ of the evening .