So you’re probably already familiar with LMDW‘s Whisky Live Paris, every year in September. But did you know that apart from this huge malted festival, the famous French spirits distributor was also organising a smaller event in Spring (only reserved to professionals though)? This year, it was called “La Maison by LMDW” and happened to be in Toulouse – such a great surprise to see all those amazing drams & ambassadors gathered in the Southwest, especially in the city I live ;), I had then no other choice but to go have a look…
Nothing comparable with Whisky Live Paris of course as you can imagine, but the small-size event was still a nice overview of LMDW‘s portfolio, from whisky (Scotch, Irish, American, Japanese, Taiwanese, Independent bottlers…) to gin, cognac & even beer.
Here are a few highlights of my visit:
Malt & Madness Single Grain
Matured in a combination of ex-bourbon barrels and virgin Spanish oak from Galicia, this is a delightfully easy-drinking whiskey loaded with enticing spiciness and juicy fruit
Old Worthy Beer Range
Especially the “Roll your RRR’s” which paired nicely with a sherried Edradour. A delicious ale combining notes of rum, raisins and rye! The Old Worthy brews are designed to pair with whisky.
Longmorn 21 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
A single cask bottling of 21 year old Longmorn single malt Scotch whisky, released as part of the Old Particular range. This was distilled in December 1994 and left to mature in a refill hogshead until September 2016, when it was bottled by Douglas Laing with an outturn of 265 bottles.
Michter’s Unblended American Whiskey
This American whiskey from Michter’s Distiller in Louisville, Kentucky, is matured in barrels which had previously held bourbon. As such, this expression cannot be called bourbon, as bourbon needs to be matured in new American oak barrels – hence why it’s called whiskey instead. Slightly confusing legal nomenclature aside, it’s bloomin’ marvellous!
In 2013 Dalmore extended their core range of stunning whiskies with the Dalmore 25 Year Old. As a distillery that has a history of using an intricate selection of maturing methods, the 25 Year Old continues that tradition. First, it matured in American white oak cask. After that, it was hand-divided into 25 year old Palomino Fino sherry butts and 1980s first-fill bourbon casks. These whiskies are then married together in bourbon barrels and finished in Tawny Port pipes from Portugal.
Kavalan Solist Amontillado Single Cask
Taiwanese single malt whisky from the much-acclaimed Kavalan range, produced at the King Car Distillery in the Yi-Lan County. This particular expression was given a finishing period in a cask that was previously home to Amontillado Sherry, and bottled at 55.6% ABV.
As usual, I leave you with a few pictures!