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A great Limburg weekend


An awfully civilised start to the day


Well here we are again at Limburg, of course I'm referring to the so-called Royal 'we' although once again it's great to meet lots of old friends and some new ones. As usual I travelled on the Thursday prior to the Limburg weekend to avoid the crazy Friday traffic jams caused by the hordes heading north. This also gives me a little time to relax with a little sightseeing around town before things get whiskily crazy. Speaking of which I generally organise a little Friday evening soiree between a few whisky friends. In fact I was reminiscing with one about how just five years ago there were eight of us sitting around a table enjoying a meal and a few drams. This year I had a private room in the restaurant and 30 whisky friends enjoying a brilliant atmosphere.

Thanks everyone, can we make it a full house with 40 next year?

Last year, after the sudden death of my wife I was concentrating on gathering as many Laphroaig samples as I could and the tasting notes are now finally making it onto my website. Yes, better late than never and all that. This year I managed to fill a few more gaps in my Laphroaig samples but I also wanted to concentrate on getting hold of some old blends (1960's & 70's) and even more single grains to add to the dozen or so already on my desk. What this means is that in the coming months you can expect more Laphroaig notes as well as some interesting parallels with those blends and single grains.

Saturday is always over-crowded in the fair so I tend to take it steady starting with a relaxing cuppa (tea) in the restaurant but my intentions were rather side tracked this year when a dear friend appeared and insisted I try something a little un-whisky-ish as a breakfast dram.

That does say Grande Champagne Cognac, does it? Distilled in 1848 and bottled in 1933? Now that's what I call a malternative and a rather civilised way to start the day and the Limburg whisky fair. In fact, only at Limburg does this happen!

The cognac had a stunning nose but of course after so many years the palate was just a little thin or watery, albeit rather nice, but more of that later as I did manage to liberate a sample for a later detailed review. Many thanks again Patrick.

So, after a busy Saturday I was thankful for a much less crowded Sunday when I could spend more time at the stands and get my hands on some excellent drams, as I mentioned concentrating on a few Laphroaig, old blends and aged single grains. In fact without further ado here's what you can look forward to over the next months on whisky Emporium:





A selection of previous Dram-atics highlights


  The Liquid




Class of 64-65



Elementary my dear Sukhinder

Fab Fo(u)rties

Drams at Dawn

Prohibition Three Ways



Matching Malts to Music




  Festivals & Events

Limburg 2016

Limburg 2015

An annual Pilgrimmage

Limburg Crooks & Nannies


April 2016

coming soon-ish


Limburg - Whet Dreams

Autumn 2013 Speyside








  Getting About

St. Magdalene / Linlithgow

Islay Revisited




  The Maniacs

Motor Maniac meets Malt Maniac

Anoraks Bottles & Castle

Nosing New Make

Blend of Maniacs



  The Malt Maniacs Awards - MMA  

MMA 2016 It just gets better & better

MMA 2015 The Gathering of the Drams

MMA 2014 Unplugged

MMA 2013 Unplugged



MMA 2011 Winners







A brace of luxury

Debussy plays Pitaud





Other major features  

May 2013

Duelling Drams - Man vs Clipper  

April 2013

100 points - Perfect Percy, Eggs-otic Isles Egg & Mug, Sixy bunny  

March 2013

International Whisky Day - Raise a Glass & Raise Awareness  

February 2013

A Horse, A Bow & a Dear  

Autumn 2012

The Olympkins, Getting old and Grainy  

May-Jun 2012

Dalmore Constellation, Independence?  

Mar-Apr 2012

Investment grade madness, Glenglassaugh, 5th IWD, 1000th Review, April Fool, Going dotty, age verification  

Feb. 2012

It's a rum old do, Growing old gracefully, Four Imperial sisters  

Jan. 2012

Onwards & Upwards, Canadian Whisky Awards  

Dec. 2011

HP 70's Orcadians  

Sept-Nov 2011

Malt Maniacs Awards 2011 - A weekend in the life of a Postmaster General  

June-Aug 2011

Bits Bytes & Drams, Glen Garioch 1994, Angela D'Orazio - Mackmyra, Trinity of Two Earls

May 2011

Don't bug me with ads, A dram fine evening

April 2011

Cry me a River, Golden Oldies, The Shackleton Legacy, Two Weddings and a Whisky

March 2011

Masters of Photography, Memory and the Middle Cut, Sampling again, Dave Stirk 5, Choosing choice Choices

Feb. 2011

Festival time again, Spam Galore!, Drams & Trams

Jan. 2011

Lookback at 2010, New Job? Three Thirties, ToC, Overdosing on sherry casks

Dec. 2010

December's Advent-urous drams, Nant Distillery, The road to Certification


Nov. 2010

Journey to end of Scotverse, Wick, Pulteney, Balblair, Knockdhu, Homecoming, Tweetup, Chilling with Cooley  

Oct. 2010

The John Walker, Sampling with Master of Malts, Changing jobs, Whisky Round Table  

Sept. 2010

Playing Chinese whispers, Oktoberfest, SMWS Spirit Cellar, 500,000  

August 2010

Elementary my dear Islay, Handbags at dawn, Dram-arkable 500, Cheapo Challenge, Ah Dooagh, 1 from 3 left  

July 2010

Age matters. A series of whisky reviews concentrating upon 'Age'  

June 2010

Jules Rimet, pickles & crisps. Mon coeur, mon amour oh mon sherry. A taste of the great outdoors.  

May 2010

The highly-acclaimed and record-breaking "Desert Island Drams"  

April 2010

My peat's bigger than your peat, A foursome with a famous Scottish bird  

March 2010

Sample Mania tasting notes, The Good, the Bad & The Loch Dh-Ugly, A return to sanity, The Choice of Managers  

Jan-Feb 2010

Keep taking the medicine, It's Festival time, Maker's Mark, Sleeveless in Munich  

Dec. 2009

All power to bean-counters, protecting Scotch, seasonal drams, Definitive Xmas Drams, 2009 Whisky Awards  

Nov. 2009

How it all started, Bonfire night, Autumnal musings, EU Tax & Duty, What's in a (whisky) name?  









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