More from the feature on whisky bloggers this time from The Netherlands and Whisky Girl and it's owner Femke Tijtsma Sijtsma.
I've been following Femke's blog for a while now and been involved with a couple of Blind Tastings that Femke had organised.
Why did you start your Whisky website?
I started WhiskyGirl to pull whisky enthusiasts into my whisky adventure. Women in the whisky world are relatively new. I remember that people thought I drank whisky all day long. And every time, I had to say to them: I don’t drink whisky all day long, I enjoy whisky. And when you enjoy whisky, you’re getting a lot of more fun and knowledge. The adventure continues. The positive reactions I get, are just fantastic.
What is your earliest Whisky Memory?
That’s one without a name, on the age of 18. I never found out what that particular whisky was. Last year in April, I started with my whisky adventure and the first whisky was one, I never drink again. White Lion whisky, one whisky with a bad aftertaste and a low Grrrr strenght. Far from enjoyable, but that’s my opinion. There must be people, who like this whisky, maybe with some cola or a lot of ice.
In no particular order what 3 Whiskies would you recommend to someone new to whisky?
To someone who’s new to whisky, I recommend, to try a whisky, that’s not too expensive. And when it’s someone I know well, I offer them to take over the bottle for free, if they don’t like the choice they’ve made. But that has never happened. I’m a peat girl! Maybe I should recommend a peated whisky.... Something to think about.
Here are 3 whiskies, on alphabetic order:
Bowmore 12yr is a relatively mild whisky. One with wonderful flavors and surrounded by enchanting aromas, just mouthwatering delicious. With the Bowmore 12yr you’re almost always on the right track.
Bushmills is an ideal whiskey to close a hard working day in the summer months (applies for every day). Best place to drink this one is in the garden. But in the winter, at a cozy fire place, it’s not a punishment.
*Nikka All Malt
if you like a nice and surprising whisky, Nikka All Malt, a nice whisky from Japan is a starter. A shy and creamy whisky.
Money no object, what Whisky would you love to own and open?
That’s a difficult one … I’m a curious woman, and particular curious for this whisky, the Teerenpeli 2003, 8yr Fininsh Single Malt Whisky. A bit naughty, but I picked a piece of text from a website, that says it all:
Teerenpeli is the 1st commercially available single malt whisky. The distillery is part of a group of restaurants that also own a brewery. So obviously the best thing to do next was to open a distillery.This a great offering from Finland and undoubtedly is one to watch in the future! … If anyone has a sample I could try, that be so sweet!
Would you have any tips for other Whisky drinkers?
Just enjoy every minute, with the ones you love, your friends, or when there is a possibility, join a club. But I also recommend blind tasting. Not because I organize them, but purely to set your sentence to the test. If you know the name of a whisky, there is a big chance you’re going to track the tasting notes. With a blind tasting that’s out of the question. Are you curious about a particular whisky, buy a sample. It’s a shame if you buy a full bottle, when you’re not enjoying it.
Why should people visit your website?
A womans view isn’t that bad as some may think. A womans view is refreshing, interesting, challenging and you’ve got a chance to taste and enjoy whisky blind if you’re joining one of the blind tastings I organize.
Whisky Girl is on an adventure, that never ends ….....
Many thanks to Femke and please remember to go visit the website at Whisky Girl