It’s been na few weeks since I visited London for the very first time in my life. I was there with my family but of course I also planned to visit two whiskyshops with a great history. One of them is very old as a shop, the other is the shop linked to the oldest independent bottler. In a Dutch blog I already told about me visiting Berry Brothers & Rudd. Now it’s time to tell you more about my visits to the Cadenhead’s shop in Chiltern Street.
Visits? Yes visits… Although I only was in London for four days I visited the shop twice and on both occasions I left the shop with a fantastic bottle. I was very lucky to be in London around the time the special november releases came to the shop. Of course I intended to buy a few bottles anyway but this was a great opportunity to take home something real special.
At my first visit I stepped into the store together with my oldest son. It was a day early for the new releases but I went there anyway. Both our phones were dead so I couldn’t take pictures of this visit. Another good reason to come back the next day…
First things first and quickly I was scanning the shelves to find a bottle I’d like to buy. It only took me ten minutes to decide which bottle to buy. The 25yo Small Batch Longmorn (Longmorn-Glenlivet) immediately cought my eye. It took me much longer to find a second bottle. I had my mind set on one of the new releases that wasn’t there yet. I tried a 27yo Girvan Single Grain whisky instead but that’s just not my cup of tea.
Luckily for me I had to come back to the store the next day and that means I would get another chance to get the bottle I wanted. In the morning I switched off my iPhone to make sure the battery wouldn’t be dead at the end of the day. Just before arriving I switched it on again and walked into the store. I tok some pictures and yes I bought my second bottle there!
This bottle is very special in my opinion. It’s not very often I get to see a Glenfarclas that’s independently bottled and has the name Glenfarclas on the label as well. This specific Glenfarclas was distilled in 1990 and bottled last month after maturing for 26 years. Only 228 bottles were filled at an ABV of 50,8% and I have one of them in my collection.
I came back to Holland a happy man. These two jewels are fantastic new adds to my collection and I’m very thankful I could buy them (especially the Glenfarclas). This shop truly is a must see when you’re in London. Friendly atmoshere and lovely whisky’s with honest pricetags!