I had the privilege of attending The Whisky Extravaganza, an event that featured close to 40 Single-Malt and Blended Scotch Whisky Brands. Â Guests were allowed to tasteÂ over 100 impressions during the evening. As for myself, i approached this occasion as a novice and a budding connoisseur.
Let’s face it, out of all the spirit categories, Whisky has to be one of the most elusive. Which is why I approached this event as a student and I wanted to leave asÂ a new appreciator of Whisky.
Dewar’s was the 1st booth I stopped at. Â As a non-Whisky drinker it was the most recognizable brand at the event. Â I had an informative chat with Gabe Cardarella, the Dewar’s Brand Ambassador as heÂ introduced me to their signature Blended Whisky assortment. Â There are 4 steps to sample a dram of Whisky: Â 1) Swirl Â 2) Sniff Â 3) Sip and 4) Savor
After following these steps, by far my favorite was Dewar’s 18, it was smooth and mellow. Â I could see myself buying this and having it stocked in my liquor cabinet as I enjoy a cigar on my patio.
I also sampled dramsÂ of their new Single Malt Scotches: Â Aberfeldy, Royal Brackla and Deveron just to name a few. Â I felt like I was permitted to drink a Whisky enthusiastsÂ stash of their good stuff! Â One distinct difference I learned between Blended ScotchÂ and Single Malt Scotch is that Single Malts have more of a smoky aroma and flavor. Â This I was told was from the use of peat rock. Peat influences the level of smokiness of Scotch.
ByÂ now you can figure outÂ that I have had more than my share of Whisky after several samples at Dewarâ€™s booth. Â It was time to drink some water and plan my next stop.
Usquaebach! Â An unusual name that I couldnâ€™t pronounce was my next adventure. Â Usqueabach (pronounced Oos: Ke: Bah) is Gaelic for â€œWater of Lifeâ€ which is Whisky! Â Usqueabach produces Blended Scotch Whiskies which Â I’ve discoveredÂ is now my preference. Â This brand is absolutely phenomenal! Â I tasted their 15 year old, the Reserve and the â€œOld-Rareâ€ Flagon. Â I was sold on them all. Â I even encouraged passers-by to stop and taste! Yes itâ€™s a funny name but thereâ€™s nothing funny about how well this Whisky is made.
Throughout the eveningÂ I’ve tasted many other brands: Â Auchentoshan, Balvenie, MacCallan, Knappogue Castle, Abelour, and Glenfiddich.
As a parting gift, all attendees received a Scotch infused Cigar which i’m very anxious to try, but first I need to pick up a bottle of Dewar’s 18 to complement my smoke! Â Cheers!