It's Friday already which means zeroing our minds and discovering or rediscovering something new. For this, in this blog, we go to Utrecht! Looking for the unique whiskey tasting? Then this blog is the place to be. We look for the differences in the tastings and list them for you.
There are several whiskey tasting rooms present in Utrecht. The Malt Vault, Kwestie van Smaak wiijn en whiskey handel, Rubens Proeflokaal and Whisky4all. This article discusses the providers of the tastings, each reflecting their own experience of whiskey during the tasting.
The Malt Vault
When you search for tasting rooms in Utrecht on Google, The Malt Vault soon comes up at the top. It is located in Utrecht at Oudegracht aan de Werf 54 A. They are designated as the whiskey bar in Utrecht. They have a unique concept opposite. Their thinking is all about conveying the joy of whiskey to beginners and connoisseurs.
The Malt Vault's whiskey collection consists of 300 varieties, so there is something for everyone. Besides whiskeys, they also serve drinks boards with cheese, meat or chocolate.
The concept of The Malt Vault is that whiskey here is categorised by flavour. Instead of the region it comes from as you usually see. Within this concept, you learn about whiskey in a bird's-eye view. It goes like this you are given a board in front of you with three 20-millilitre tasting glasses of whiskey. You can even choose drill the beginner or the advanced. Just what you are up to. Apart from that, you can also just come and have a glass of whiskey - or more - at their place.
The Malt Vault specialises in food pairing where they thus offer matching snacks to accompany whiskey. Think traditional Scottish haggis to Bourbon-marinated pork belly. The most enthusiastic of these is the combination of whiskey and chocolate. If you go for the chocolate board, you will get chocolate from Mesjokke; a chocolate maker from the region.
More than whiskey
It is not just whiskey but more than whiskey. In fact, you can also do a vodka tasting. And you will also find gin and rum as well as beer and wine. But if you are curious about whiskey anyway, at The Malt Vault you can explore with confidence.
Kwestie van Smaak wijn en whiskyhandel
Wijn en Whiskyhandel Kwestie van Smaak in Utrecht is the candy shop for adults. It is located at Helling 11 in Utrecht.
They offer various whiskey-themed tastings. These tastings go in combination with various delicacies. At the tastings, they address the questions:
How do I taste whiskey?
How is the smoky smell in whiskey created?
What is my taste?
Why are there tears on my whisky glass?"
In their tastings, you and "The Matter" will discover the many characters in the worlds of Wine & Whiskey.
Variety of themes
At `The Kwestie´, they always have a new theme for the different tastings. I will discuss with you a few tastings they offer. They provide a unique experience with a different focus each time within the world of whiskey.
- Whiskey tasting "The unknown Whisky Country's"
On this evening, they will introduce you to five whisky countries that are still relatively unknown to the whisky lover. Think of countries like the Netherlands, Italy and India, for example. Enjoy a surprising and educational evening with delicious whiskeys and various delicacies.
- Whiskey tasting "Barrel aged beer & Whiskey "
In recent years, more and more beers have been aged in old whisky barrels, resulting in even richer flavours and complexity. On this evening, you will taste three barrel aged beers, aged in different whisky casks. After each beer, you will also taste a whiskey from the producer of the original barrel.
- Whiskey tasting "Coastal Maritime whiskeys"
During this evening, they will introduce you to whiskeys with maritime and smoky influences. Originating from the various whisky islands or from distilleries located on the coast. Enjoy a surprising and educational evening with delicious whiskeys and various delicacies.
The wine valhalla of Utrecht and one of the city's best-kept secrets is Rubens Proeflokaal. They offer not only wine but also whiskey. Rubens Proeflokaal is located on Utrecht's Nieuwegracht canal. People come here to enjoy delicious and special wines and whiskeys in a cosy ambiance. You can also come to Rubens Proeflokaal for private drinks, parties, lunch or even a boat trip. The café is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
At Rubens, the bar staff is knowledgeable about the drinks being served and happy to tell you more about them. The same goes for the snacks that can be enjoyed with drinks. A cheeseboard, sausage platter or another surprising alternative for the extra taste sensation, it's all possible! The tastings they offer are with or without amuses for 90 minutes. They specialise in giving different types of tastings, explaining tasting, preparation methods, origins and traditions. In this one-and-a-half-hour tasting, you will taste 6 different types of whiskey. After a fun and educational tasting, you will learn more about whiskey and its background.
The owner of Whisky4all wants to pass on his love and knowledge through tastings, whisky festivals and the Taste Olympics. The whisky tastings are organised for individuals and for companies, either for a bachelor party or at a trade fair. There are several ways to organise these activities, both on location and online. A tasting can be customised.
There are many possibilities for a tasting. Possibilities can include whiskey from every conceivable country, of every conceivable age and from every conceivable price category. They have even come up with a solution in these corona times. Online tastings, it makes you curious.
Most chosen themes are 'Standard', 'World' and 'American'. With the former, the emphasis is on Scottish single malts, with the latter on (very surprising) whiskeys that are precisely not from Scotland. And when it comes to 'American', Whisky4all is the expert in this field. Here too, you can count on an extremely surprising line-up. For this tasting, experiencing it yourself is best as there are so many possibilities because you can tailor them yourself.
Tastings are for both novice and advanced enthusiasts, for individuals and for companies. This is the activity to bring yourself closer to whiskey and also to your loved ones.