Birmingham Whisky Festival

I was dreaming I was flying…

In actual fact I was flying. Flying down from the frozen North. Between snoozing, I was gazing down at the snow dusted mountains and villages across the UK.

Yes I (little Miss Spontaneous) had decided to squeeze in one last festival this year…well you would, wouldn’t you?

So, here I was in Birmingham for the festival. I had a little wander round Birmingham beforehand (to refresh my bearings.)

A little note of big thanks to Eddie and Vicky…you know why, and it was appreciated.

One of the first people I bumped into was Sorren (ocdwhisky) and then I think Mr. Boutique-y Whisky himself Dave. Had a nice chat with Jason (B Standing) and well there were a lot of familiar and friendly faces there, it was a whisky festival after all!

Hugs and greetings given it was nearly kick off time. So what was the first dram to be?

I decided to pop along to the Paul John stand to say hello to Shilton,Ā  and I was very lucky to have been offered a sample of the new Kanya by Paul John which should be available in the New Year… Kanya believe it? I could and luckily other’s got to sample it too.

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I then decided to go for a wander round the hall… I have to say it was a bit of a shock seeing Sorren (#SOS – see Twitter) on the Diageo stand, but he was at home with Colin Dunn (lovely, funny man) and they were very busy…and I had a nice couple of samples poured for me at the Talisker…or should I say Diageo stand. I tried the Blair Atholl 23 year old and much later the Pittyvaich.

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I went and said hello to David and his lovely wife Wendy from whiskeytumblers…if you’ve never seen what they do, then why wait? They’ve also got a “snifter” now.

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I tried the Kilchoman Red Wine Cask matured which was nice. Then basically it was weaving in and out and sampling lots of other delicious whiskies.

Andy Purslow was amusing as ever and poured the Treacle Chest for me and later the Vanilla Burst and a couple of others too.

I also met Amy Seton and had a catch up…exciting times ahead for her.

I appear to have taken up residency at one of the small silver tables…the bloggers table šŸ™‚ always a good spot to gather ones thoughts and take pics of what you’re drinking. And to stand and take in the delcious nose of a tasty dram and just smile…

Properly met the lovely Vicky Osgood who I’d very briefly met at the Whisky Exchange show in London.

Anyway it was mostly drinking whisky…you’re shocked. I can tell! šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ but also meeting some new friends and making new ones.

And I hope those that got some of my delicious fudge enjoy it, and it’s not too long before “nom nom…it’s all gone!!”

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So…till next year.

Big hugs, Sarah x x

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