De Druiventuin is a liquor shop in Leiden that I had known about for a couple of years, but had never visited yet. They run a website called Whiskysite.nl. Last week they threw a message on Facebook that they had massive discounts on BenRiach and GlenDronach single casks. I didn’t wait a second and bought myself a nice 1976 BenRiach (cask 8795). Instead of having Jack (who runs the shop) send it to me, I decided to go and pick it up last Saturday.
The shop itself is not just a whisky shop, but a more general booze shop. There are massive amounts of wine and liqueurs, port, sherry, mixers, you name it. Through a door in the back you enter Valhalla, though. I don’t know how many bottles there are, but a 1000 would be an estimate. Loads of collector’s editions, special packagings, independent bottlers that you can hardly find anywhere else in The Netherlands.
All kinds of rare stuff was just lying around. The new Chichibu 3 year old, Karuizawa Noh series, Glenlivet 70 year old, Glenmorangie Pride, you name it. Of course, to the slight dismay of Anneke who joined me on my trip there, we talked shop for about an hour and a half. New bottlings, price changes, packaging gimmicks.
Of course, I also tasted a couple of drams of things he had open anyway. Glenmorangie Artein, in my opinion the best in the private range from Glenmorangie (next to the Finealta and Sonnalta), and the new Longmorn 23 from Whisky Import Nederland’s own series ‘First Cask’. Beautiful stuff and very fairly priced at € 100.
In the end I wound up buying another Single Cask BenRiach, this time from 1981. I just couldn’t resist and I feel an evening coming up when I’ll be doing a BenRiach vertical tasting
Definetly a five star shop!