A few years ago, I was introduced to La Maison du Whisky’s Artist Series at Singapore Whisky Live‘s VIP section – what a treat! It was experiences like this that convinced me to purchase a VIP ticket for at least one day at Paris Whisky Live was the way to go!
So I knew it was well worth braving the crowd around this booth to sample the different delights on offering – ranging from Eur 198 to Eur Eur 2,395 per bottle!
So, what is the Artist range all about? Was there a theme this year? And what about the guest artist?
La Maison du Whisky created this series to explore special Scottish vintages – from 10, 15, 20, 25 to 30 years… with this year adding a 40+ year to the mix. Started in 2011, 2022 introduced the 12th edition.
As for a theme? LMdW described it as “Andulasian Tropism“…. unlike previous editions where there was a split ex-bourbon and ex-sherry, this year focused almost exclusively on ex-sherry casks – with the Clynelish the one exception (hence why it was clearly the place to begin!)
The guest artist selected was Gesine Arps, who is a painter, sculptor and poet born in Hannover, Germany in 1964. As they explain:
Guided by a dreamy and sensual meditation, her works in luminous hues, enhanced with natural pigments, crystal powder, gold and silver leaf, combine with all the freedom of dreamlike plant motifs, animal figures, human silhouettes and multiple symbols. From her colorful and shimmering canvases emerges a peaceful, warm vitality, which invites you to take a voluptuous poetic stroll.
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