Eight German Angels visited the WhiskyFair in Limburg (GER).
It's getting bigger and bigger we can say! Everyone who's been there knows what I'm talking about!
We arrived at 2 o'clock at the fair and the weather was perfect. It was almost too perfect to have a dram!
The thermometer outside in front of the entrance shew +30°. As we entered the tent in front of the Josef Kohlmaier Halle we saw Allistair Walker (BenRiach, GlenDronach) behind his stand sweating like crazy. There was no oxygen in the tent. The hosts tried to get fresh air into the tent with help of huge fans but without great success. So we decided to leave the tent and head outside for a cool drink. We were standing at a table between the tent and the Josef Kohlmaier Halle. The sun was shining bright on our heads so we decided to get a cool fresh beer. Two angels went in to have some whiskies because we were at the WhiskyFair and not the BeerFair ;-)
Inside the Josef Kohlmaier Halle it was hot, no fresh air and really crowded. We started with a Bruichladdich, emptied it while heading to the exit and took a WhiskyFair Bottling (Caol Ila ) dram from the WhiskyFair-Stand right next to the exit to enjoy outside. The other angels were still enjoying their cool beer as we came back to report on the conditions inside the hall. Having finished our excellent dram we ordered two beers to cool down a bit. The other six angels went inside to experience the hot conditions and get a few drams while we defended our table outside. It is very important to have a table at the fair because it makes it more comfortable with all your belongings.
We had backbags and jackets (for the night when it cools down) that you can leave at the table. See, it is horrible to walk through the crowd with your backbag. But you know what I mean when you ever been to a crowded place with a backbag =) So our system was that half of the angels stayed at the table outside while the others enjoyed the drams inside. Of course we did enjoy plenty of great drams!!! Worth to mention are Highland Park Thor (16y), Maltbarn Caol Ila 30y, Signatory Cragganmore 26y and Brora 30y.
We left the WhiskyFair in the evening for the Islay BBQ presented by Villa Konthor. The BBQ was set in a lounge close to the train station and like the fair it was crowded again. Three Bruichladdich Whiskies and a perfect Whisky based BBQ were waiting for us. I'll never forget the delicious whisky-sauces along with perfect grilled meat! In the end the whole day was absolutly amazing! The weather was perfect, the drams worked and we enjoyed a tremendous BBQ.
No question that we'll attend next years Whisky Fair again!!!
Many thanks to Jens for this report on Limburg, seems they had a good time eh!