S Vaše strane ekrana spora neka godina za 23whiskeystreet.com, no kvasci su u pozadini odrađivali svoj prljavi posao. Srdačno Vaš se između ostaloga početkom godine uhvatio u koštac i s kineskim jezikom, službeno naravno. Prva destilacija je odrađena uspješno, potekle prve riječi, a između ostaloga i ona najbitnija; 威士忌 (wēishìjì, odnosno whisky).
U fazi fermentacije nalazi se plan obilaska i ovogodišnjeg Craft distilling expa u Londonu, a u sklopu otočke turneje i hodočašće u Speyside. Dužan sam (s kamatama) i osvrt na Zagreb Whisky Fair 2016, što slijedi u jednom od blog postova tijekom rujna uz prikladno pojašnjenje zašto mi je toliko trebalo. Destilacijski plan za ostale stvari još neću otkrivati, dosta je toga zanimljivog već dogovoreno za sljedeću godinu, no evo ukratko kakav je plan za britansku turneju.
Kao što je već opće poznato, U Londonu se tijekom Listopada održava Craft Distilling Expo, ove godine četvrti po redu. Na licu mjesta se okupljaju craft destileri, proizvođači opreme, savjetnici, pisci, blogeri i što bi se u nas reklo, općenito ljubitelji dobre kapljice. Zadnjih dana sam izmjenio podosta mailova sa ljudima sa kojima ću se ponovo vidjeti, a iznimno mi je drago i s nestrpljenjem iščekujem i ovogodišnje predavanje gospodina Iana Buxtona, poznatog engleskog whisky pisca i stručnjaka. Jedan vodećih gin autoriteta, a ujedno i jedan od organizatora expa, David T. Smith će održati dva masterclassa o ginu, kanadski craft distilling guru Ian Smiley će pričati o tome što je potrebno za proizvodnju kojeg tipa whiskyja, Dan Szor iz Cotswoldsa će voditi panel o tome kako pokrenuti craft destileriju, itd… Sve u svemu, očekuje se još jedan veoma uspješan expo. Na kraju posta je postavljen detaljan program, pa možete pomno sve proučiti.
Što se tiče već pomenutog whisky hodočašća u Speyside, neću odmah sve otkriti, neka ostane tajna za postove u listopadu. Samu Speyside turneju organizira ADI (American Distilling Institute) uz stručnog vodiča, ni manje ni više Juliu Nourney, koja će i na expu održati dva masterclassa, jedan o nosingu, drugi o whisky blendingu. Imao sam tu čast biti pozvan od strane Billa Owensa osobno, osnivača i predsjednika ADI-a, a svima bolje poznatoga kao živuća legenda američkog craft brewing, a potom i craft distilling pokreta. Kolege breweri će se sjetiti da je Bill Owens 1983. godine osnovao jednu od prvih zanatskih pivovara, odnosno preciznije brew pubova u Kaliforniji, Buffalo Bill’s Brewery. Teško je sada opisati osjećaj iščekivanja tog putovanja znajući u čijem društvu ću ga sve provesti, a da ćemo pritom posjetiti i Balvenie, pa Strathearn Distillery, koji za sebe vole reći „probably Scotland’s smallest distillery“, zatim Eden Mill, istovremeno i pivovaru i destileriju, pa posjet Forsythsu, proizvođaču kotlova svih škotskih destilerija i šire. Znate li da je vrijeme čekanja na njihov kotao minimalno tri godine? Imam još velikana u rukavu, ali toliko za sada, više po povratku, jer treba nešto ostaviti i mašti na volju…
U nastavku se nalazi detaljan plan London Craft Distilling Expa 2016, a ja se javljam kroz nekoliko dana sa pričom o Woodford Reserve bourbonu. Do čitanja…
Tuesday 4th October 2016 – 10:00-16:00
Pre-Expo Offsite Whisky Workshop at East London Liquor Co.
Join the team at London’s finest example of a Destination Distillery to learn about the process of making whisky. The East London Liquor Co. will be joined by Independent Whisky Consultant, writer, and expert, Julia Nourney from Germany.
The session will cover the theory and techniques used in fermentation, mashing, and distillation, which attendees can witness first-hand at the distillery. The workshop will also cover maturation and casks, with discussion on the theory and blending of casks.
Wednesday 5th October 2016
09:00-10:20 – Whisky Blending with Julia Nourney
(Space B) (pre-event for Whisky Blending ticket holders only) In this extended Masterclass, independent spirits consultant Julia Nourney will guide the class in the art of whisky blending, long considered to be one of the most difficult parts of whisky production to master. As well as an insight into blending, each attendee will be able to have a go at creating their own blend with guidance from Julia. Includes instruction, supplies, and a small bottle of attendee’s own blended whisky to take home.
10:00 – EXPO DOORS OPEN
10:30-10:50 Keynote Speech : Alex Wolpert – East London Liquor Co. (Space A)
11:00-11:50 How to Start a Distillery : Panel (Space B) Experts from across the industry hold a question and answer session on setting up a distillery.
12:00-12:50 British Distillers Alliance : Talk (Space A) Alan Powell on an introduction to the British Distillers Alliance and legal matters of the day.
13:00-13:50 Yeast & Fermentation with Lallemand : Talk (Space A) Join the experts from Lallemand talk on the Impact of yeast on the Quality of Spirits looking at both whisky and fruit spirits.
13:00-13:50 Juniper – A Closer Look with David T Smith : Masterclass (Space B) (ticketed event) Join International Gin Consultant David T Smith and botanical suppliers Beacon Commodities for a closer look at the key component of gin: the juniper berry. The talk will cover how different methods of distillation can bring out different flavours from juniper, including maceration, vapour infusion, vacuum distillation, and even the effects of juniper wood. Tommy Haughton from Beacon Commodities will also share some insight into the harvesting of the berries and what to look for in quality juniper.
14:00-14:50 – It’s a Rich Man’s World: What Funders Really Want : Talk (Space A) When friends, family, and crowdfunding are exhausted, you’ll need some serious cash. Proper funding may just make the difference between success and failure. Assuming you don’t want to remain a croft distiller (that’s a craft distiller with a lifestyle business) for ever more, Ian Buxton discusses the price of serious money and investigates what funders really want – and are looking for.
15:00-15:50 Safety in Distilling with Michael Clancy : Talk (Space A) Join FDT Consulting Engineers for a talk looking at health, safety, and environmental compliance for distilleries. This talk focuses on considerations in design to minimise explosion risk and other safety and environmental issues.
15:00-15:50 Gin Faults with Dr. Anne Brock and David T Smith : Masterclass (Space B) (ticketed event) 5 Common Gin Production Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Creating a quality and consistent gin is quite a task to master, with botanical mix, botanical supply, distillation, and proofing all presenting potential obstacles. David T Smith will introduce the audience to some of the common faults he has encountered in his career, during which he has tasted over 1,000 different gins. David and Anne will explain why they happen and how to fix them. Includes instruction and samples.
16:00-16:50 Launching and Sustaining a Whisky Brand with Adam Spiegel of the Sonoma County Distilling Company : Talk (Space A) Many distillers across Europe are approaching the release date of their first legal whisky, having waited 3 years for it to mature. Accomplished distiller Adam Spiegel will share his insight on how to build a whisky brand and range after the buzz of an initial release.
17:00-17:50 Platinum Sponsor : The Future of Distilling with Odin from iStill : Talk (Space A) Join Odin of iStill for a 21st century take on the art of distilling. The session will cover some of the recent and future developments and innovations in distilling and distillation equipment, as well as exciting new technologies.
17:00-17:50 Botanical Spirits Masterclass with Stephen Gould (Space B) (ticketed event) From absinthe to Aquavit, gin to botanical vodkas and liqueurs, Master Distiller Stephen Gould will discuss: the techniques used to produce spirits and liqueurs using herbs and botanicals; the different results received by imparting botanical flavours into a distilled spirit using varying methods of infusion, maceration, distillation, redistillation; and achieving a desired flavour through the effective application of the plant material in the production process. Includes instruction and tasting.
16:00-18:00 Mini Meet the Maker – The Gin Guild(Bar) A chance to meet Director General Nicholas Cook, find out a little more about the Gin Guild, and try some of its members’ spirits.
Thursday 6th October, 2015
09:00-09:50 Whisky Nosing Masterclass with Julia Nourney : (Space B) (ticketed event) There is much that can be learned from nosing spirits alone and it is an essential skill for any distiller to hone. Nosing expert and independent spirits consultant Julia Nourney will introduce attendees in the skill needed to nose whisky and identify various characters and traits in the spirit. Includes instruction and nosing samples.
10:00-10:50 3 Years On… An Audience with Tom Warner of Warner Edwards : Talk (Space A) Since releasing its first gin in 2012, Warner Edwards has become a well-known and respected brand in the gin industry and is achieving growing recognition on both national and international scales. In 2016, they won the HSBC Elevator Pitch final and have opened their on-site botanical garden. Join founder Tom Warner as he shares his insights as one of the more experienced and established Craft Distillers in the UK.
11:00-11:50 “Playing to your strengths: The advantages of being small” with Michael Vachon : Talk (Space A) Michael Vachon of Maverick Drinks will discuss some of the advantages that small brands have over larger ones and how to utilise those advantages to greatest effect in the modern drinks market.
11:00-11:50 Rum Nosing with Peter Holland : Masterclass (Space B) (ticketed event) Peter Holland, rum expert and educator from theFloatingRumShack.com, guides an audience through the olfactory analysis of rum. Utilising the new Aroma Academy Rum Nosing Kit, which Peter helped to develop, attendees will be introduced to the skills need to identify various characters and traits in the spirit.
12:00-12:50 Why Packaging Matters : Talk (Space A) With Ivan Bell, Group Managing Director, Stranger & Stranger and Greg Dillon, spirits industry brand strategy consultant & writer, GreatDrams Consulting. Why and how to achieve great shelf standout from the start – thoughts on making your super exciting new brand’s packaging work hard for you so you can focus on the liquid creation.
13:00-13:50 Hand-on Rum Blending Class with Peter Holland : Masterclass (Space B) (ticketed event) Join rum expert Peter Holland of theFloatingRumShack.com for some insight into the art of blending. This is a hands-on session and each attendee will be able to craft their own blend of rum and take a small sample home with them. Includes instruction, supplies, and a small bottle of attendee’s own blended rum to take home.
14:00-14:50 Import/Export Panel (Space A) A chance to hear from and put your questions to a range of representatives from some of Europe’s top importers of spirits. The session will be chaired by Michael Vachon of Maverick Drinks.
15:00-15:50 I Want to Make Malt Whisky, Corn Whiskey, Rum, Gin, and oh! Vodka, too – A Reality Check : Talk (Space A) Ian Smiley, noted distilling consultant, author, and distillery equipment division manager for Allied Beverage Tanks, explains why and how it takes more than just a still to make different types of whiskies and other spirits in the same distillery. Ian explains the equipment and procedural choices that have to be made upfront in order to be able to make various types of spirits.
16:00-16:50 Production of Calvados & Apple Spirits Masterclass with Stephen Gould : Masterclass (Space B) (ticketed event) Join Master Distiller Stephen Gould as he provides a guide to the ins and outs of apple brandy production; in particular, the raw materials and methods needed to make Calvados: from apple selection and fermentation, to distillation and maturation. Includes instruction and tasting.
17:00-17:50 Craft Distilling in 2016 : Discussion Panel (Space A)
Friday 7th October 2016
Post-Expo Offsite GIN Workshop at the Bermondsey Distillery
Gin Workshop at the Bermondsey Distillery Friday 7th October 2016 – 09:30-15:00 with Dr. Anne Brock and David T Smith.