Whisky en Rum aan Zee 2014

This year saw the 9th edition of Whisky en Rum aan Zee (Whisky and Rum at Sea), not to be confused with Whisky by the Sea, and several other whisky festivals in coastal venues.

Since my brother in law is a rum drinker, and I am a, well, mostly whisky drinker (I love variety, let’s keep it at that) we decided it would be a good night out. The women could stay home to guard the fortress.

Our local liquor shop, Drinks & Gifts, is nice enough to organize a bus to the festival every year, so for a tenner on top of the ticket price your taxi is taken care of too. Which is great, since the venue (The IJmuiden Holiday Inn) is more or less as far from public transport as you can get around here.

We tasted a variety of rums and whiskies during the night. We focused on stuff that we really found interesting and not too regular, so there was quite the high end rum stuff happening. By high end, in this case, I mean some properly aged rums without getting into ridiculous territories of 35 year old single cask, early landed blah blah blah. Just, like the 21 year old El Dorado, or the 15 year old Borgoe. Nice rums.

Some highlights:

Borgoe rum from Suriname. Pretty good, pretty spicy

Borgoe rum from Suriname. Pretty good, pretty spicy

10 year old Genever, matured in new American oak. Fucking epic.

10 year old Genever, matured in new American oak. Fucking epic.

Arran White Wizard. Great stuff, but so popular it never hit the shelves

Arran White Wizard. Great stuff, but so popular it never hit the shelves

El Dorado 21 year old. Mostly sweet without much depth

El Dorado 21 year old. Mostly sweet without much depth

Me being an idiot. Drinking the Don Abuelo Centuria. A really great rum. Depth, character, sweetness, spicy. This year we were in time for the hat.

Me being an idiot. Drinking the Don Abuelo Centuria. A really great rum. Depth, character, sweetness, spicy. This year we were in time for the hat.

Dos Madera. Rum finished in a PX cask. Strange, mostly gimmicky

Dos Madera. Rum finished in a PX cask. Strange, mostly gimmicky

Mulata from Cuba. Rather good. A bit thin on the palate

Mulata from Cuba. Rather good. A bit thin on the palate

Ron Prohibido. Buttery on the nose, and the palate, and the finish. Just not it.

Ron Prohibido. Buttery on the nose, and the palate, and the finish. Just not it.

Glen Garioch 1986. Good, but not strong enough to combat the sugar rush we were having. Wrong time.

Glen Garioch 1986. Good, but not strong enough to combat the sugar rush we were having. Wrong time.

I tried a cigar. I didn't enjoy it. I'm not a smoker. Cool picture though

I tried a cigar. I didn’t enjoy it. I’m not a smoker. Cool picture though

Marlon with the same cigar. He enjoyed it more.

Marlon with the same cigar. He enjoyed it more.

After-booze-snack. His smoked salmon is good, but not as good as Wullie's

After-booze-snack. His smoked salmon is good, but not as good as Wullie’s

Apart from all this we also had:

Arran Dark Lord (the White Wizard’s sherried cohort), J.M. Rhum XO (really good with even some phenolic thingies happening), Zacapa 23 (f-ing epic rum. Maybe my favorite), Borgoe 8 year old rum (not as good as the 15, but not bad either), Flying Dutchman Dark Rum (this one didn’t do it for me), Corsair Ryemageddon (weird, not very tasty, but interesting), Wemyss ‘Tarte au Citron’ Auchentoshan 14 (really lemony, curd like, very tasty), some Ledaig bottled for the King’s Court Whisky Society (I didn’t like it), Ron Abuelo 12 (very good, as the Centurio, but much better priced), Mount Gay 1703 (meh)

Most of these glasses were shared so I didn’t feel all that hammered afterwards and the bus home went well. By looking at the list of drams available I realize I missed quite some interesting stuff, but you can’t have it all.

In short: This is a recommended festival. I might buy a passe partout next year if that’s available. Pretty cool stuff, all in all.

Till next year, IJmuiden!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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