Awards & Events

Limburg Whisky Fair 2005

In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established a good reputation and continues to attract excellent visitor numbers.
By Dominic Roskrow
In just three years, the Whisky Fair at Limburg in Germany has established a good reputation and continues to attract excellent visitor numbers.The omens for this year’s fair, on the last weekend in April, look excellent. All 45 available trade stands have been snapped up and there is quite a waiting list. New exhibitors include Glenmorangie/Ardbeg and the German importers of Adelphi, Berry Bros and Rudd, Compass Box and CL World Brands, whose labels include Black Bottle, Tobermory and Bunnahabhain – the Islay distillery’s manager, John McLellan, is giving one of the main presentations, adding to an impressive speaker list.The Whisky Fair organisers have pulled off another coup – the first publicly available bottling of Inchmoan. A single malt from Loch Lomond normally destined for the blending troughs only, Inchmoan is described as ‘a well-peated Inchmurrin’ – both being named after islands in Loch Lomond.The two casks (646 and 647) being shipped to Germany are 10 year olds, to be bottled at cask strength around 55%. Independent tasting notes describe cask 647 as clean, mellow, woody on the nose and dominated by smoky, phenolic, peaty notes. The taste is well-balanced, sweet and mellow with notes of vanilla essence leading to a lingering, sweet, woody and peaty finish.Cask 646 rates as slightly oilier on the nose, with a more complex, fruity, estery taste and an intense perfect peaty finish. Bottles at keen prices will be on the organisers’ stand at Limburg, but if last year’s experience is anything to go by – when they uncorked the first publicly available Croftengea from the same distillery – booking a bottle in advance might be a good idea.Overseas visitors keen to visit the fair need to plan ahead. The nearest airport is Frankfurt although Cologne-Bonn and Frankfurt-Hahn are a short car ride away. Limburg itself is delightful, with good, modestly-priced restaurants and pubs and plenty of sights to see as well as a growing “fringe” of Whisky Fair-linked events. The festival takes place on April 23rd-24th. For more information or for tickets, visit: http://www.whiskyfair.com