This is an event less for whisky enthusiasts and more for bartenders and people curious about whisky. Case and point: The Diageo table featured Lagavulin 16, Talisker 10 and Cardhu. Sadly, this will probably be my last visit. I am sure the whisky industry in Spain will be crippled by my absence. I hope this doesn't come across as the rant of a bitter old man, as I'm not that old.
One bright spot: the Yamazaki 18 was spectacular.
I've been busy this week and, finally, I read your post. . The main reason for not having gone to whisky live is because i would have had to go alone maybe if I had read your post before would have stayed together, are you living in Madrid?
On the other hand bad news for whisky fans in Madrid. I read the list of destilleries and it seems that they were not most interesting distilleries and after reading your post i think the whisky live Madrid is like a supermarket ... but really in Spain doesnÂ´t exists a culture of whisky so this is it.
at least you could buy a bottle of Yamazaki 18? this is a must have in any cabinet...
Yes, I live just outside Madrid. It's funny because I thought the exact same thing about the distilleries as you and we were right. I just received this month's Whisky Magazine for Spain, and in the photo from last year you can see Balvenie and Balbair, two distilleries that are much more interesting than anything that was there this year. Also, most stands just had the standard offering from each brand. When I saw Talisker I got excited, as I have been dying to try the 57Âº North. But no, the only thing they had was the 10 year old.
In any case, some people I recognized from last year told me that there is a more interesting fair in October. We can keep in touch and maybe get together for that one.
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