The Toulouse Whisky Festival was held this past weekend and the event delivered some surprises about the French and their relationship to this spirit most popularly associated with Scotland.
This was the second edition organized by the Hopscotch Pub & Brewery of Toulouse. And like the first one, this one sold out. It also attracted about 40 distilleries, primarily from places you’d expect — Scotland, Ireland, and the U.S. — but also from Japan, New Zealand, Denmark, and Sweden. Included in that last group is France itself.
When I first heard about the festival, I was both mystified and excited that such an event would be held in Toulouse. Having spent a year studying and working in Scotland many years ago, I have long been a fan of single malt whisky. But whisky in France?
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