Weeks ahead of a recent trip to Argentina I prepared myself and checked out the world wide web about local whisky scene. I soon found out one particular hot-spot in Buenos Aires as it was mentioned in every second report about their local whisky scene. The premises also host the Whisky Malt Argentina club.
Whereas most bars do not stock any particularly interesting drams, the ‘Museo del Whisky’ not only seemed to have lots of rare and hard-to find drams at their bar, it also has a bottleshop in the basement, a restaurant, and – you guessed it – a whisky museum (located on the first floor).
It isn’t your typical venue and – as I was to find out, it is very much the labour of love of Miguel Angel Reigosa – one of the world’s foremost whisky collectors. Located in the residential district of Coghland-Belgrano, it’s about a 30 minute cab-ride from downtown Buenos Aires in a belle-époque villa that defies the otherwise modernist concrete architecture surrounding it. I didn’t announce my arrival but nevertheless found staff very welcoming when they heard I came all the way from Australia to check them out. Despite arriving outside opening hours, I got introduced to Miguel, a true gentleman, who browsed with me through the bottle-shop, took me through the museum, and told me his story over samples of his favourite drams at the bar. Miguel has amassed a staggering 4000 (or so) Bottles and his collection is steadily growing. The museum isn’t a static institution, but tastings and whisky-gatherings are hosted there up to several times a week. Miguel is a big fan of independent bottlings and he has a soft spot for Macallans (but there’s much much more to uncover).
The Museo del Whisky is very popular with the locals and a must-see destination for any whisky lover who visits. They just bought the building next door and an expansion of the club-rooms and exhibition area is currently underway.
So when in Argentina…. go check them out!