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Het Genietschap   Whisky CV Nico Meijboom     (English version) 

 

 

Nico Meijboom

Born in 1959, education in organic chemistry and specialization in homogeneous catalysis (BSc) and environmental science (MSc). Currently working as project manager in the area of Health, Safety & Environment.

Living single and father of three sons: Robert, Victor and Rutger. My hobby’s are movies, music, comics, jogging 10 mile distances and….whisky of course.

On this picture; The first signpost you see when walking from the ferry in Port Ellen makes the heart of an Islay Malt Whisky fan beat faster. Of course I first needed to go to Ardbeg

 

A list of favorite movies is too long, but some of my favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick (simply the best director ever!), Sam Peckinpah, Francis Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Sergio Leone. A concerning high number of these great directors have meanwhile passed away. The diminishing number of people who know these directors probably understand that I do not have much affinity with “fast and big action movies” from 007 and other hero musclemen, but I do love fantasy movies like Lord of the Rings, Avatar and Star Wars.

My taste in music is quite broad, but I have a preference for classic rock (Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Doors, etc.), the “old new wave” (The Cure, U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Talking Heads, Nick Cave etc.) and singer/songwriters (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, etc). Relatively new talents like Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Tom McRae, The Walkabouts, Franz Ferdinand, The Veils, Monsters of Folk, Shearwater, Fleet Foxes, etc also have my attention. I also love to listen to Mahler, Beethoven and Mozart in those few very rare quiet moments in life.

In the comics world I am really fond of the graphic work of Enki Bilal, Richard Corben, Will Eisner, Foerster, Franquin, Gotlib, Herge, Hermann, Don Lawrence and Marten Toonder.  The list of artists I admire is much longer but this is supposed to be a whisky site.

So, over to whisky now! When I started drinking whisky in the early 80s it was mainly blended whisky; not only because of financial constraints but also because there were not that many single malts available in the local liquor store and my first experiences with Glenfiddich and Glenlivet not yet convinced me to switch to single malt. Whisky as a hobby started in the year 1997, when my colleague Huub Donkers bought me my first great single malt experience: Highland Park 12Y – the classic edition in the broad wide-necked bottle. The next impressive single malt experience was the starter set with 6 miniatures of the Classic Malts of Scotland, which were at that time Glenkinchie, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Cragganmore, Talisker and Lagavulin. It proved to be relatively easy to recognise and appreciate the differences between the different whisky regions and styles in this selection.

In spite of all the stories that it takes time and experience to appreciate the heavily peated malts, my enthusiasm for Lagavulin and Talisker was immediate. It was here when the whisky discovery journey started and in January 1998 I attended my first single malt whisky nosing and tasting at Huub’s place. We discovered that we liked to give scores to whiskies in the style of Michael Jackson and also that we often came up independently from each other with comparable and consistent scores. Many private and professional nosing and tasting sessions were to follow and Huub and myself were able until late in the year 2006 to enjoy comparing our scores and tasting notes.

A landmark whisky which made a great contribution to the formation of our whisky club “Het Genietschap” was a  Longmorn-Glenlivet 1971, bottled in 1999 at 58.6% by Scott's Selection and tasted in the year 2000 at the first Dutch whisky festival in Amsterdam. The journey still continues and it is simply amazing how many new whisky expressions continue to be released over the years. Currently more than 2000 different whiskies have been tested and rated with a merciless point rating.

Most entries in the list (sorry, tasting notes in the Dutch language only although whiskynames and scores are language independent) are Scotch single malts, but you can also find many blended whiskies, single grain whiskies, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Rye, Irish whiskey, Japanese Whisky and many other rarities. An interesting development in recent years is that because of the grown experience in tasting the different styles of single malts, I am now appreciating more the complexity of good blended whiskies.

Looking back in 2012 on the year where it all started I see that Highland Park, Talisker and Lagavulin are still in my top 10 of favorite malt whisky distilleries and a number of the former Classic Malt series are still part of my selection of whiskies that offer a very good price/performance relation.

 

A landmark whisky which made a great contribution to the formation of “Het Genietschap” was a  Longmorn-Glenlivet 1971, bottled in 1999 at 58.6% by Scott's Selection and tasted in the year 2000 at the first Dutch whisky festival in Amsterdam . The journey still continues. It is simply amazing how many new whisky expressions continue to be released over the years.

Nosing and tasting's
A couple of years ago I started to host my own Nosing and tasting sessions for friends, colleagues, starters in whiskyworld and advanced connoisseurs.


This picture shows where you can end up with this hobby. It was shot by Huub on my first visit to the Ardbeg distillery in 2002. There was a rare oppertunity in the warehouse  to taste a perfect 27-year old whisky straight from the sherry cask. Believe me that only this moment was already worth the long travel to this remote island!

 

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