The annual Bottom’s Up tasting at De Whiskykoning

This year I was invited again to join the Bottoms Up tasting in Den Bosch. Yesterday was the date and after a nicely long train journey I walked through my old home town to get to the shop just in time. The table was nicely set again.

There was no opening speech or anything and we just tucked in. Of course, there was quite a bit of mystery whisky on the table to which it is always a risk stating you like it. Some of the mysteries are epic whiskies, others are crap stuff he can’t get rid of otherwise, but you might just have an off day and expect the Islay cask matured Jenever he had lying around to be a Port Ellen and proclaim it’s the best of the afternoon…

Here’s a short overview of what was had (sorry for the shitty photos, I should learn to take my time):

This turned out to be leftovers from tastings, so a blended malt.

This turned out to be leftovers from tastings, so a blended malt.

Really old St. Magdalene. Gorgeous stuff!

Really old St. Magdalene. Gorgeous stuff!

Ardbog

Ardbog

Nice, but not something to make me love Australian Malt

Nice, but not something to make me love Australian Malt

Big and typically Ben Nevis with some lovely strange flavors

Big and typically Ben Nevis with some lovely strange flavors

Oh Yes! A very, very good Caol Ila

Oh Yes! A very, very good Caol Ila

Very surprising and very good. Some iodine flavors without much smoke.

Very surprising and very good. Some iodine flavors without much smoke.

Maybe just a tad over oaked, but very drinkable for something that states 'Ancient Old' and 'Deluxe' on the label

Maybe just a tad over oaked, but very drinkable for something that states ‘Ancient Old’ and ‘Deluxe’ on the label

Meh

Meh

Way too heavy and rich. Just too much of a good thing

Way too heavy and rich. Just too much of a good thing

On of my favorites. Big and rich Mortlach, massive flavor.

On of my favorites. Big and rich Mortlach, massive flavor.

Of course, I missed out on some other jewels since there was just so much to choose from. It’s an epic afternoon, as it is every year! Now, how to get myself invited next year…

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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4 Responses to The annual Bottom’s Up tasting at De Whiskykoning

  1. you lucky bastard😉 seems like an enjoyable night out.

  2. bas says:

    I have that Ancient old Kentucky too. 1 bottle left🙂 . Indeed a bit much oak but that’s a taste i like and very nice for it’s 30 euros. Bottled for Cooley’s but don’t know where it came from.

  3. bas says:

    oops mixe-up… Bottled for Toorank (which distributed Cooley’s )

    • I didn’t expect it to be less oaked, though. A 12 year old bourbon would be surprising if it was spirity. But for 30 bucks, it’s a nice bottle! Online the price has gone up though. Saw it for 60. Wouldn’t spend that on this bottle.

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