#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!
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.
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!
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.