Good reflections

It’s been a great year !

We take time to relax for a while…

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and look back

WE HAVE LOADS TO BE THANKFUL FOR!

– Life and Health
– bottling of our Scottish and Belgian whisky
– new whisky tasting ideas and opportunities
– new address for open whisky bottles event
– success in searching for rare whiskies for clients
– we survived the move to new headquarters
– web site visitors also from other countries
– Wandering Dram blogs and tweets
– Setbacks and challenges that made us learn and develop further

We thank our clients.
We thank God for providing.
We thank Nature for giving .

Let us make 2015 a fruitful, bountiful, healthy and a happy year.

Fabulous smoked scottish salmon

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In the weeks before Christmas, we drove around some places in Belgium to deliver smoked salmon from the shores of Loch Ewe of Scotland. During the first week of December, we asked friends and clients for their orders, and delivered these in central pick up locations in West Flanders, Brussels and in the Ardennes days before Christmas.This allowed everyone to enjoy this fabulous product, and pay only a share of the transport cost.

The smokehouse Isle of Ewe owned by Alistair and Paula Gordon is located at the shores of the lovely Loch Ewe. Their cold smoked and warm roasted salmon won several gourmet awards.

We can just say it plainly : their salmon is really fabulous! One should have a pre- set self control before opening a salmon package.It is difficult to stop when one begins having a few small bites of it!

December dram magic

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The cold wind of December blew gently from the North, as we all stood aroud the camp fire during our December whisky tasting.It was a spendid event, quite different from whisky tastings indoors. The magical twinkle of the small tree lights filled the place and the fact that we were all standing around the tasting table enabled us to look around and marvel the magical and almost nostalgic sight.

This is The Wandering Dram’s ‘December dram magic’ where we really chose to do the tasting outdoors,sorrounded by christmas lighting and decoration.And to add thrill and excitement, we did a blind tasting.

Everyone was in high spirits, and laughter echoed in the air as we explained how the blind tasting will be done. We wrapped all of the bottles in velvet cloth so no one can see the bottle, nor even make out its shape. We handed out pieces of paper to all participants where they can write their nosing and tasting notes, their guess what whisky is it and their name.

Each of the whiskies were presented – nosed and tasted.You should have heard the different things ‘under the lights’ that were smelled or tasted from the glass during the lively discussion among the tasting participants. This is the beauty of blind tasting – freedom from being biased or having a fixed expectation of nose, body and final aromas based on the name of the whisky, age,etc.
In a blind tasting, you just let your imagination and senses take over.

Everyone wrote down their guess on what whisky they have tasted, with their name on a piece of paper. When all of the papers have been submitted , we took off the velvet cloth around the bottle to show what whisky it was.

It was wonderful to note that some participants guessed the right whisky only from a very typical taste that they recognized. The guessing became more challenging and thrilling as we blind tasted two peated whiskies.

At the end of the blind tasting, the participant with the highest number of correct guesses received a Wandering Dram scottish gift box.We all had a great time.