The 2013 Taipei Spirits Festival

Taipei Spirits Festival 2013

Last Sunday, I decided it was time to stumble off my bar stool and get out in the world and join the Peace Corps.

About halfway down the block, I  changed my mind and decided to attend the 2013 Taipei Spirits Festival instead.

Actually, to call it a “spirits show” is a bit of a misnomer, since it was 95% scotch exhibitors with Beluga Vodka and Remy Martin thrown in for good measure.

On the Scotch side, exhibitors included:

  • Johnnie Walker
  • Bowmore
  • The Famous Grouse
  • Bunnahabhain
  • The Arran Malt
  • Scottish Leader
  • Spey
  • Remy Martin
  • Glen Scotia
  • and a few others






Although it can’t  compete with the annual Taipei WhiskeyLIVE shows, at NT$600 a ticket this event was a pretty peachy deal for whisky lovers.

The Jerk and his army went home with plenty of glassware (shot and glencairn glasses).

Plus, the servers were extremely generous with their pours …. especially at the end of the day.

Blackadder brought some interesting gear to the dancefloor.

They’re an independent bottler that tries to put out quality offerings without removing the natural flavors, oils, and fats through excess chilling and filtration processes.


Their Raw Cask offerings were pretty intense.

Some were so RAW you could even spot some sediment floating around at the bottom of the bottle.

The MENU included a 25-year Glen Grant from 1984, a 16-year Aberlour from 1995, an 21-year Bunnahabin from 1991.

All in all it was a pretty nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Plus, we got to meet this awesome pooch



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