Hielander Whisky Festival 2015

I realized a while ago that this 5th edition of the Hielander Whisky Festival is also the fifth time I’m there. So so far I didn’t miss a single one. I think this is something to keep up.

This year, like two years ago I went there with my in laws. We spent our time drinking, eating and chatting to random people we happen to know. And some we don’t. A lot of friends were met, and a lot of drams were had. I only took wobbly pictures of the ones I bought, but since there was four of us we had quite a couple more.

Of the ones that are not in the pictures:

We tried the Glenmorangie 18 which is an awesome dram. I know I had it before and I knew it was good. Now I want a bottle. I love it when a distillery has an affordable 18 year old which also is great.

There were also more Kintra drams, which were good. I picked a young Tomatin which was a bit immature, but the 23 year old Blair Athol was nice.

Signatory bottled an 18 year old Clynelish at 56.4% for which the hunt it on. Most sites have already sold out but that was a great one.

I also got to try the Glen Moray 25 year old Port Cask, which I hope to review more in depth in a short while.

A slightly too young Tomatin

A slightly too young Tomatin

A very good Grain. I love this kind of stuff.

A very good Grain. I love this kind of stuff.

This didn't do it for me. Quite the lack of flavor. Bummer

This didn’t do it for me. Quite the lack of flavor. Bummer

I knew I liked Armorik's Millesime, this was just to prove a point. Great stuff.

I knew I liked Armorik’s Millesime, this was just to prove a point. Great stuff.

I'm still not in love with this range of Balvenies

I’m still not in love with this range of Balvenies

The wobblyness starts in full. This was an awesome dram. On the wishlist

The wobblyness starts in full. This was an awesome dram. On the wishlist

This one used to be on my wishlist but got ditched after being there for a year or two. Good stuff though.

This one used to be on my wishlist but got ditched after being there for a year or two. Good stuff though.

I think I had this before. Awesome dram. Really packs some flavor

I think I had this before. Awesome dram. Really packs some flavor

A mix of casks from the 1990s. This Distillery Only was great.

A mix of casks from the 1990s. This Distillery Only was great.

My favorite of the afternoon. SOO much flavor. Checking auction sites now.

My favorite of the afternoon. SOO much flavor. Checking auction sites now.

We had a steak and a beer afterwards, at a rather crappy restaurant. Good fun though

We had a steak and a beer afterwards, at a rather crappy restaurant. Good fun though

So the result of the festival is that I’m a couple tenners lighter. Also that my wishlist has grown significantly. Luckily, not many of the drams are really expensive. As in, I could even buy some of them. Which I might.

Thanks HK, MS and RS!

Oh, and the haggis was great again. I should also have gone back for the smoked salmon, but I decided to buy another dram instead. Both would have been a good idea at the time!

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 Hielander Whisky Festival 2015

  1. P. Wesselman says:

    Nice impression! It was a well-spent Valentine’s Day😉. Some of my favorites were a Maltman 14yo Mortlach, the Kintra 15yo Auchentoshan (a smoky one! Probably an accident, but a nice and tasty accident :-)), and an SMWS Chichibu of only 4 years old (cask #130.1), but real intense flavor and a lovely long finish.

  2. Pingback: Advent Calendar Day 8: Balvenie Single Barrel, Sherry Cask, 15yo, 47.8% | Malt Fascination

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