on the wall
The shop lies in the north of Rotterdam - away from the busy city - in a cosy neighbourhood. It's a mere fifteen minute walk from the Rotterdam-Centraal train station. The street houses, a Hopper Coffee, a huge cooking shop and a bunch of vintage shops. Anyway, we were there to buy whisky!
Something that drew immediately my attention was the spacious layout and stylish look of the shop. Some (read: a lot of them) whisky stores try to fill every available space with bottles to the effect you barely dare to move and break a precious bottle. No such thing at Whiskybase. Plenty of room to do a Carlton Banks-style dance (If you are a dancer. Me, far from it).
|Picking out your bottle without having to worry|
about breaking something.
|Something for every budget (alas, these are out of mine ;-) )|
I knew more or less what I wanted before entering the store: One of their own Archives bottlings, a young Ledaig from 2008. Turned out they had to label a new batch of bottles. Which gave me the opportunity to have a look around and take some pictures. After asking nicely for permission of course.
|All the independent bottlers neatly aligned.|
Anyway, back to those Archives whiskies from Whiskybase. Nowadays they use The Fishes of Samoa for the labels. The series is inspired by the 200-years old M.E. Bloch drawings from his book Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische. The colourful fishes now adorn the Archives whisky labels. The vintage style of printing and paper add some extra cachet.
I also bought a few samples of other Archives bottlings (1992 Glen Keith, 1990 Glen Grand and a Ledaig sample. So I can safely stock the Ledaig bottle for the future). The tasting notes of these whiskies deserve a separate blog post. Something to watch out for.
Whiskybase will be my compulsory stop in Rotterdam!
|Whiskybase lies in Rotterdam Noord, Zwaanshals 530.|
A fifteen minute walk from the Rotterdam-Centraal train station.
P.S. You can find me on Whiskybase.com as TastyDram.