No matter which country I go to, I have 2 routines that I never break and enjoy in every trip abroad. The first of these is to wander the antique markets and lose myself among records, radios, old liquor bottles, flasks, whiskey glasses and all kinds of old things; another is to visit the whiskey bars in the city and taste the whiskeys that I could not find the opportunity to taste.
My route on my last trip abroad Amsterdamwas. Before I set off, I researched the whiskey bars in the city, as I do before every trip. The first place I came across in my research “Whiskey Cafe L&B” it happened. I immediately added this place to my list of places to visit, and on the evening of the first day I went to Amsterdam, I breathed in here.
L&B whiskey bar looks pretty plain from the outside. Black and white tones, large windows that do not show the inside, and a simple “WhiskyCafe L&B” lettering. But don't let this plain appearance fool you, because inside is a paradise for a whiskey lover...
at the bar There are nearly 2000 types of whiskey from all over the world! I should also mention that WhiskeyCafe L&B is also ranked as one of the best whiskey bars in the world by many sources.
As soon as you enter the L&B whiskey bar, a large bar greets you. There are hundreds of whiskeys positioned like wine behind the bar. Next to this bar is a glass cabinet with hundreds of whiskey bottles. The Japanese whiskeys on the top shelf of the cabinet and the Indian whiskeys just below looked quite magnificent.
While walking around the bar, I almost always caught my eye on something different, because there were many original whiskey-related objects in every corner of the bar. For example, one wall was covered from floor to ceiling with cans of whiskey, while another wall was filled with whiskey paintings.
I went to L&B whiskey bar around 8-9 after dinner. Luckily, the bar was empty, so I was able to get information from the bartender about both the bar and the whiskeys I wanted to taste.
Although there are hundreds of whiskeys in the bar that I am curious to taste, I wanted to try the whiskeys that I had been wanting to taste for a while without getting too distracted.
Here are the whiskeys I tasted at the L&B Whiskey Bar: Lagavulin 8, Kavalan Soloist, Glenfarclas 12, Bunnahabhain 12, Clynelish 14.
I will write down the tasting notes of each whiskey in detail in the coming days, but I still want to briefly share my notes in this article.
- Lagavulin 8: Dense peat and rubber. It does not tire the nose at all, it is very balanced. It is creamy on the palate, almost chewy. The spice is slightly bitter and very slightly fruity. A peaty, spicy, slightly burning short finish.
- Kavalan Soloist Cask Strength: A nose like perfume. Quite fresh and floral. Vanilla and dried fruit notes are in the foreground. It has a soft nose for a barrel-hard whiskey. On the palate it is surprisingly wild and warm. Vanilla, apple, honey, dried fruits and spices. The finish is long and spicy. Dried fruits are in the foreground.
- Glenfarclas 12: Intense oak, soot, vanilla on the nose in addition to black pepper. Cookies and chocolate flavors that make you feel behind as you wait. Apple, vanilla, cinnamon, black pepper, bitter on the palate. Medium length with a slightly sweet and spicy finish. Pretty balanced.
- Bunnahabhain 12: On the nose, caramel, burnt sugar, light soot, oak, leather and wood. Creamy and sweet on the palate. Oak, pear, vanilla and hazelnut. A sweet and spicy long finish.
- Clynelish 14: Fresh and fruity on the nose. Apple, lemon and vanilla. It is quite hot and scorching on the palate. Spices, black pepper and ash to taste. It's like the bitterness in the mouth after a cigar. The finish is spicy, dry and quite long.
Among the 5 whiskeys I tasted, the ones I liked the most were Kavalan Soloist Cask Strength and Lagavulin 8.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam WhiskeyCafe L&B I would definitely recommend visiting the whiskey bar. You can lose yourself in the pleasant (whiskey-filled) ambiance of the bar while trying the whiskeys that you have not had the opportunity to taste and are curious about.
Another whiskey bar in the city J.D. William's. Unfortunately I did not get the chance to visit this place. If you have enough time, you can add this place to your list of places to visit together with WhiskeyCafe L&B.
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