The first day of our meeting started eventfully with a tour of the “Wasmeier Museum”. In this privately-run museum, former ski racer Markus Wasmeier brings rural life of the early 18th century to life. This historical Bavarian village consists of more than ten buildings, some of which are listed, and thanks to the many lovingly assembled exhibits, rural life of past centuries can be experienced in a very authentic way.
In our increasingly modernised and digitalised world, more simple times can easily be forgotten. With a guided herbals tour and two tours of the museum, we learned a lot (again) and took some new ideas away with us. Basking in glorious sunshine, surrounded by mountain panoramas and autumnal tree scenery, we enjoyed cake and coffee (and beer) in the beer garden, surrounded by free-range chickens and geese.
This was followed by a guided tour and tasting at the Whisky Distillery “SLYRS”. It was interesting to learn that Upper Bavarian whisky pioneers are so very committed to their craft. Day after day, they create high-quality whisky compositions in their distillery, with a lot of passion and know-how, innovative spirit and Bavarian charm. During the guided tour, we were able to experience and taste SLYRS Bavarian Single Malt Whisky, tour the production facilities and, of course, enjoy the unique taste of SLYRS specialities.
The second day was all about natural mineral water. The 50 participants of this year’s meeting came from Austria, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Romania, Latvia, Taiwan, India, Singapore, USA, the Czech Republic and Germany, among others, and put their sensory skills to the test. For this year’s Mineral Water Celebration Day, Peter Schropp’s focus was on the Association’s sustaining members, who have remained loyal to and supported the association for many years. The majority of the sustaining members of the Wassersommelier Union e.V. are, incidentally, mineral water companies that market high-quality products of different origins, mineralisation and carbonation. Their mineral, curative and spring waters were presented in detail during Mineral Water Celebration Day, and were well received by all participants.
With donated waters from our sustaining members, a competition was also held at the end of the Mineral Water Celebration Day to crown the “Mineral Water Sensory Expert 2022”. The mineral water day ended with three exciting lectures, which also included brief tastings.
A heartfelt thank you to Peter Schropp for 11 years of tireless voluntary commitment to the association!