Whisky Fringe 2008

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:20 am

Rosebankfan wrote:
I also quite enjoyed the much maligned Longmorn 16YO - a little flat but not as bad as many have made out and a perfectly respectable dram (although not as good as the original 15YO in my humble opinion).



It's not worth the extra £15 on top of the 15. it's a total waste of time. :twisted: :insane:

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby A Motley » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:19 am

Thanks for all the kind comments about this year's Fringe. I keep meaning to ask Whisky Mag forum people to come up to the rum stand to say hello as I always enjoy reading posts from you lot. Always next year.

I could but salivate with envy as I watched you lot enjoy all the amazing drams on offer, but here were the favourites I did try:
Glenlivet Eclipse - gorgeous, youthful, zesty 21 yr old livet. Lots of citrusy elements (grapefruit, satsuma that kind of stuff) and a nice almondy character too.
El Dorado 12 - cracking rum. Actually, just a great drink when measured against malt or anything else. A great spirit, and at under £30. El Dorado 3 y.o White also amazed me.

Happily, there were a lot of half-empty bottles that have returned to warehouse so the hard-working staff should get to educate themselves on all the new releases and old favourites when the dust settles.

As ever thanks to the enthusiastic suppliers all working hard through their weekend, and the punters who were fun to host and generally well behaved.

On the subject of food (good point Bute) we would've loved to have a food offering there but the venue has a tie-in deal with a caterer. To get anything half-way decent it would have cost a great deal of money and ticket prices would have to go up a lot. We have always tried to keep prices low so punters don't end up drinking too much in an attempt to get 'good value'. Corporate arse-covering Drink-Aware chat aside, our heart would not be in putting on an event that only succeeded in providing lots of hangovers and unpleasant drunks. So, back to food: we try and time it so people arrive after a good lunch and head back home for some stodgy dinner.

Any other suggestions to improve Whisky Fringe? I'll make sure Neil and Keir see any of the comments at the post-Fringe meeting.


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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:51 am

Arthur - a couple of suggestions as per last year:

More seating and/or perch tables would help those of us who like to write notes. And I think the prize draw shouldn't stipulate that you have to vote for the winning whisky. That encourages people to vote for whaterver the Bruichladdich table tells you to vote for rather than risk voting for a more obscure whisky that you might have preferred. This year I voted for Berriach 1988; last year I voted for Mackmyra - both times in the knowledge that I was ruling myself out of the £100 prize draw.

I thought the stands that advertised opening special bottles at set times were to be commended. It's nice to see ordinary punters get a chance of trying something special - not just industry insiders and those who know the special handshake!

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:02 pm

Nick Brown wrote:More seating and/or perch tables would help those of us who like to write notes.


Myself and Bobby were both looking for somewhere to sit and chat and write notes so I wholeheartedly second this suggestion. A little seated area with tables and chairs would be great. Shame we couldn't get outside but I realise the issues with this.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby A Motley » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:13 pm

Good point. More seating next year, that will be easy enough to sort.

Keep it coming...

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:24 pm

butephoto wrote:Shame we couldn't get outside but I realise the issues with this.

The first year I went, they let people go downstairs to the grassy area that doesn't open directly onto the street. That was a nice idea, but with the small, sip sized drams it did mean a lot of going up and down stairs.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Redland Hill » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:00 pm

Really enjoyed the fringe yesterday ... good to meet a couple of guys from the forums (my interested in scapa gave me away)

Some great drams on offer ... really good day out

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Redland Hill » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:01 pm

... and I popped into Queen street on the way home. Was after the new heavily sherried Bunna ont he summe rlisting but alas they were out.

Following a swift tasting I bought a 54.26 .... have to agree a very NICE DRAM

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:44 pm

Weirdo of the weekend - the guy with straight black hair who was pouring every dram into carefully labelled miniature bottles whilst crouching down behind the Bunnahabhain stand.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Whiskibar » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:53 pm

Was at Whisky Fringe yesterday (Sunday) and this was our first time but must say that we really enjoyed it, venue was stunning and had a great day sampling all the different whiskies. I think compared to whisky live, it was much easier to get to the stalls and have a chat with the staff and can only see this becoming more popular as time goes on and it becomes more well-known.

Overrall, thanks for organising, it was great.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:58 pm

Whiskibar wrote:...can only see this becoming more popular as time goes on and it becomes more well-known.

Gosh, I hope not. The tickets for the Saturday sold out within hours, I think. I'm not sure the Whisky Fringe could cope with being any more popular and well known!

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Whiskibar » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:11 pm

Gosh, I hope not. The tickets for the Saturday sold out within hours, I think. I'm not sure the Whisky Fringe could cope with being any more popular and well known!


Exactly ! I think that shows how popular it is. The venue is stunning but I think moving to a bigger venue maybe something that has to be considered.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby A Motley » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:47 pm

"Weirdo of the weekend - the guy with straight black hair who was pouring every dram into carefully labelled miniature bottles"
Thanks for highlighting this . Definitely NOT in the Spirit of Whisky Fringe (it's supposed to be a fun day out!)

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Leither » Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:52 pm

Another brilliant event - thanks to all at RMW for organising this and those manning the stalls for being so generous with the pours whilst being inundated with thirsty punters and keeping a smile all at the same time.

I have to report that I have a bit of a light head today :oops: I hereby promise to use the spitoons more next year!

Anyway, star of the show for me (I don't see the point of voting for single cask independents) was Tobermory 15 - fantastic packaging but more importantly the whisky itself is in another league compared to the usual Ledaig/Tobermory offerings. A cracking briney and coastal influenced sherried dram. A bit of a shame tho to see 'mit farbstoff' on the box. However, this stuff was a revelation for me, well done Burn Stewart.

Other stars, as noted above, for me were the Glenmorangie Astar, Kiklchoman 2.5 YO, Glenfarclas 1988 Family Cask and many (too many to mention) of the independents single cask offerings. Signatory had a 1963 NB Single grain (on the Sat) that was out of this world also DTC had another lovely old grain from Port Dundas.

Stars of the independents for me this year were Dewar Rattray - from them I had a wonderfully sherried Linkwood, even better than their Mortlach, followed by a very peaty and cracking young 1998 Bowmore :thumbsup: Independently bottled Bowmore can be great.

Anyway, well done to all involved.

PS - I agree with those suggesting more room and seating for the more serious punters wishing to take detailed notes. All the more drinking space for me :P

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:13 pm

jmrl wrote:What about a vomitorium so we can drink more without collapsing. Or would we need a complete blood transplant?

Only one dram less than great, too politically sensitive to name.

Signatory NB superb, Astar, Nadurra and Benriach virgin oak 1988 really showed beautiful wood influence. Linkwood from Dewar Rattray top gear as well as their Braes. When I thought my palate had gone into its underground bunker the 8yo Ben Nevis (from a totally disinterested DTC rep) sorted me out. Must get a bottle. If it wasn't piggy-backing I'd do a 'My Favourite Whisky Fringe Drams Tasting'


DTC's Battlehill stuff is great. I did notice that some of the reps had the enthusiasm of a man sweeping up on death row. Wonder why that was?

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:21 pm

Whiskibar wrote:
Gosh, I hope not. The tickets for the Saturday sold out within hours, I think. I'm not sure the Whisky Fringe could cope with being any more popular and well known!


Exactly ! I think that shows how popular it is. The venue is stunning but I think moving to a bigger venue maybe something that has to be considered.


I think that might be the case. I was quick enough to get mine and I took advantage of the offer to get warning that the tickets were online.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:10 pm

jmrl wrote:If it wasn't piggy-backing I'd do a 'My Favourite Whisky Fringe Drams Tasting'

I think that would be a great idea - something really personal. I'd go - so long as you avoid my epic trip to Africa.

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby A Motley » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:39 am

Willie

No problem about getting the sample of the Francis's spirit, and sorry I didn't recognise you from the forum picture...I would have poured you some of his wacky sloe'n'new make stuff too if I'd known.

I'm sure we'll have some spare programs left over. Want me to leave one at the shop for you? We're running a special offer in August...free Fringe program with ever case of Ardbeg Double Barrel ordered - can't say fairer than that!

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

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Re: Whisky Fringe 2008

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:40 pm

So the Balblair 1989 won the Spirit of the Fringe? Never saw that coming...

http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/catego ... =HELPSPIR8

My choice was 9th. Hahaha...at least it was in the Top 10.


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