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Norway

Oslo Whiskyfestival

Average Rating

82.92

6 votes

Average Shop & Tour
  • 75.17
    Ambiance
  • 87.17
    Selection
  • 86.50
    Value
  • 82.83
    Service
Photo by Slàinte Mhath

About

Oslo Whiskyfestival er Norges første og største event dedikert utelukkende til whisky.

Her får de whiskyinteresserte (fra nybegynnere til entusiaster) mulighet til å lære mer om whisky, dens historie, kultur og mangfold ved å smake kjente og ukjente whiskymerker fra forskjellige land.

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Oslo Whiskyfestival is Norway's first and biggest event which focusses exclusively on malt whisky.

Everyone interested in whisky (from beginners to enthusiasts) gets the opportunity to learn more about whisky, its history, culture and variety by tasting known and unknown malts from different countries.

If you want to find out more about Oslo Whiskyfestival, read Dave Broom's article about the 2016 event:

https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/from-the-editors/11819/what-do-oslo-and-singapore-have-in-common/

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this event 80 points Administrator

    15th anniversary of Oslo Whiskyfestival: the new venue raised expectations that some of the problems of previous years might be solved, but on the contrary! Instead of three floors, the new location at Thon Conference Universitetsgaten had only two floors, making it a hassle to fight your way through the crowds for your next dram. Big minus on ambience! I understand that the organizers want to make this profitable, but with nowhere to sit, stand and enjoy your whisky, this whole event became rather disappointing. On a side note, the intense smell of Wiener sausages was so overwhelming that it became a challenge to actually nose your whisky.

    The selection of malts was predictable, for the most part official bottlings presented by brand ambassadors, with only a few independent bottlings lined up as an alternative. Some bottles were empty after a short time. Prices were based on Vinmonopolet, so not much of a bargain. The pit stop dram and ‘best in festival’ nomination followed the same procedure as every year, and people who only visited to get hammered were – as often in Norway – a common sight.

    With regards to service, I would have appreciated if water bottles were available for those who like to add a drop of water to their whisky. The available tap water was of limited use. Except for the before mentioned ‘pølse med lompe’, there was no food available. With 500 NOK for a ticket, I have to knock off a few points for value.

    I do not want this to become a complete rant, so I will close with something positive: the Campbeltown tasting with David Allen was exceptionally good, a great selection of malts and moderately priced (300 NOK). Next year, I will focus on the tastings and avoid the main event.


    Total
    80
    Ambiance
    70
    Selection
    86
    Value
    83
    Service
    81

  2. peatbogger scored this event 81 points Specialist

    2018 - My first visit to OWF, so I can't compare with the old location. But this was too crowded. At times it was actually hard to move around.

    Complete lack of seating areas and a minimalistic catering service. Managed to locate a few known faces in the crowd, but a tough place to mingle and make new friends.

    Noticed stall staffers got tired and to a degree more and more uninspired throughout the day.

    Not sure what to think of the "pit stop". Queued up for several only to find they ran out a few persons before me at each place.

    Best value was found in the seminar (Master Class).

    Total
    81
    Ambiance
    72
    Selection
    85
    Value
    87
    Service
    80

  3. Feorag86 scored this event 84 points Expert Junior

    Total
    84
    Ambiance
    80
    Selection
    87
    Value
    85
    Service
    83

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this event 84 points Administrator

    This is an updated review of Oslo Whiskyfestival 2017. Chris Maile organized the event for the 14th time and I must thank him for his ongoing efforts to promote whisky in Norway!

    As I was only attending in one of the masterclasses, I realized that decent opportunities to sit and enjoy your drams on the main floors are desperately needed (-2 points on ambiance)! The selection of malts and seminars was a tad more boring that in previous years, but that was just my personal impression (-2 points on selection).

    On the other hand, I really like the new web presentation, including floor maps with detailed information on the selection of whiskies and prices. This is very useful to plan the visit in advance. Altogether, it is still a very good value and I am looking forward to visit Oslo Whiskyfestival again in 2018!


    Total
    84
    Ambiance
    76
    Selection
    89
    Value
    87
    Service
    84

  5. Slàinte Mhath scored this event 85 points Administrator

    The yearly Oslo Whiskyfestival is organized by 'Keeper of the Quaich' Chris Maile, a passionate maniac promoting whisky in all over Norway. And he does an excellent job! Although the venue is rather small with only three floors densely packed with tastings areas and almost no space to sit, the selection of whiskies is truly superb.

    Admission fee costs about 500,- NOK and covers 10 tasting coupons which you can spend on affordable (1 coupon) or expensive 2-3 cl drams (up to 15 coupons). You get your own nosing glass that you can rinse with water at any time and keep as a souvenir. The sheer number of whisky enthusiasts makes the event very noisy and stressful (limited space) but it is certainly worth the effort!

    Master classes with Dave Broom and other connoisseurs give an excellent opportunity to get away from the crowds and enjoy another unique malt moment with one of the experts in the field. Highly recommended!


    Total
    85
    Ambiance
    78
    Selection
    91
    Value
    87
    Service
    84

  6. Marius scored this event 84 points Member Senior

    This is a review of the festival before 2012.

    I've been there three times, but skipped it the last few years. I feel that the festival has so much more potential. Anyway, the development does go in the right direction, but it's not going fast :)

    The selection is good (around 200 whiskies?), and not good enough for me to bother taking the train for 90 minutes. Too many standard bottlings, but I guess we can thank Vinmonopolet for that, and not the people behind the festival. I prefer going to a pub with a good selection with less people and less noise. The festival is still a nice place to meet like-minded whisky addicts.

    Something cool to maybe visit once?
    Total
    84
    Ambiance
    75
    Selection
    85
    Value
    90
    Service
    85

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Event location

Universitetsgaten 26
N-0162 Oslo
Norway

Event details

https://www.owf.no/
  • 03.11.2017
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