The 40 by 40 Project is written by Angie Teater, a New York-based interior designer & travel writer. The Project begins on Angie's 39th birthday (March 11, 2017) with only 365 days to accomplish everything on the list before turning big Four-Oh! 

Forty goals. One year. Endless possibilities.

#38: Whiskey Tasting

#38: Whiskey Tasting

Six little sniffers all in a row. Jazz notes swirling through the air. Low, warm lighting. The scene was sexy as hell and perfectly designed for whiskey lovers. We're a sensual breed, to be sure, and joining fellow brown-drink lovers at that long, lovely table was stepping into a little corner of heaven. From the start, being an unmarried redhead, I was dubbed the "Single Malt Scotch" - a moniker I rather adored! 

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This elegant whiskey tasting took place last night at The Flatiron Room, a stunning "spirit parlor" with a transportive vintage feel. I'd signed up for their Whiskey School event a few weeks ago knowing it would be an exquisite experience - and it certainly did not disappoint!

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Once our group was settled, buzzing with anticipation and nibbling candied pecans, we were handed Old Fashioned cocktails as a starter. They were perfect and set the scene for the evening. With each sip, the conversation became more animated and the strangers around us quickly became friends.

Then the tasting began. 

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We tried six different whiskeys:

1.  W.L. Weller Special Reserve / Kentucky Straight Bourbon: a sweet little sip with hints of vanilla and caramel. I swear I could taste honeysuckle or clover in there, too. 

2.  Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey / ok, I THINK this is what we tasted. I totally failed to get a pick of this title but I know it was a rye whiskey, 50% and absolutely delicious with a more complex flavor and rather floral. 

3.  Yamazaki 12yr / Japanese Single Malt: now the games begin! Very smooth, a little nutty, and a touch of sweetness that I absolutely loved! This one tied for my favorite of the night. 

4.  Macallan Edition No. 3 / Speyside Single Malt Scotch: my Scottish blood connected immediately with this gorgeous single malt. It wasn't as complex as the others, and didn't emerge as the "star of the show" but it was a lovely single malt. 

5. Benriach 10yr Curiositas / Speyside Single Malt Scotch: this one threw us all for a loop. I'd never had anything like it. On the nose, it smelled medicinal and reminded many of us of a hospital disinfectant. Not quite as appealing. But with a splash of water, the taste was quite remarkable! It tasted like a campfire, with a distinctly smokey flavor. The presenter then set a piece of peat aflame and passed it around for a smell. It brought out the flavors even more! Quite dramatic.

6. Paul John Peated / Indian Single Malt: this one was my favorite. It was a strong, spicy, bold and beautiful. A bit nutty, a bit fruity. The balance was remarkable and I really adored it!

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This whiskey-loving girl had a splendid evening. Many thanks to The Flatiron Room for helping me scratch another fabulous item off my birthday bucketlist in the sexiest way possible.

Cheers, from this Single Malt Scotch. 

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