It's to be held over the weekend of the 30th and 31st of October.
Masterclasses and tastings all through the weekend, with all the major importers on site with some goodies for the visitors.
Visit the website for more info (only in Norwegian I'm afraid: http://www.whiskyfestival.no
And yes, you read that right, we'll have to pay for anything we want to taste... It's illegal to give away alchohol in Norway, even if it's 1cl samples...
Still, looking forward to it.
Instead it'll work like this. Upon arrival you'll pay an entrence fee of 250 NOK (£20). This includes a booklet of ten vouchers (good for ten drams), a nosingglass and a few other small items.
Extra booklets with ten vouchers can be bought for 150 NOK (£12).
Masterclasses cost 100 NOK (£8) each and includes:
* A vertical Talisker w/Douglas Murray
* The influence of casks w/Graham Eunson
* A vertical Bowmore w/Jimmy Robertson
* Glenfiddich/Balvenie w/Ludovic Ducrocq
* Something from Douglas Laing w/Stewart Laing
You got given a fixed number of dram vouchers which not everybody insisted on taking from you when you got a dram.
Did you know that there was a festival in Sweden?
Would you go to it if it is there again next year?
Watch out for your use of the number 8 with a bracket. It makes a 'cool' emoticon appear.
Btw. Latest news for the Oslo Festival:
Jim Murray is to hold a tasting with some of his favourites at a pre-event to the festival.
You'd better not mention this to Geir as that will give him ideas.
Maybe those cognac for breakfast guys that you know would be interested?
The Jim Murray thing sounds cool though. I've got his book on blended whiskies which is excellent.
The Oslo Whisky Festival was great. Managed so sample around 40 different whiskies in total and attended three masterclasses:
* Talisker vertical
* Stewart Laing / Old Malt Cask
* Laphroaig Quarter Cask
* Talisker 18
* Ardbeg Cask Sample
* Glenmorangie Artisan Cask
* Lagavulin Destillers Edition 1986
* OMC Bladnoch
As for one worth the dosh:
Talisker 18 at £37 is a steal (The Whisky Exchange). The Artisan Cask isn't quite ready yet, so I haven't got a clue as to price. The Laphroaig is priced at £27 for the first 1000 bottles - so that isn't half bad for a cask strength whisky (58%).
As for Boris I kept my verbal impression of him safely behind lock and key.
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