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My first Scotch Tasting event

I attended my first Scotch Tasting evening  on Friday Jan 26, The Haviland Club, Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting in the Grand Room. Two question came  to mind: Why Robbie Burns and why were there only 26 tickets? GOOGLE search of Robert Burns revealed 487,000 results, I only scanned a few,  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5312223/Burns-Night-2018-Robert-Burns.html  and no doubt Robbie was somebody special  to have a 250th anniversary Scotch carry his name,  https://www.whisky-online.com/arran-250th-anniversary-edition.html.    Why only 26 tickets? Maybe it has something to do the size of the bottle, 26’er.

Well as the evening  progressed, I participated in the activities, used nose and taste buds to learn about the art of Scotch Tasting, sampled some Robbie Burns food (Haggis and smoked salmon on a bagel)  while sampling some very fine Scotch (quick look at PEI Liquor lists 114 “Scotch spirits” for you to choose from).

Back to the evening, a bagpiper to pipe the patrons in to be seated: white table cloths adorned the tables, 2 glasses for tasting, a bottle of water, bowel of crackers, a large wide mouthed plastic bottle and a napkin. At the front of the room was a table draped with a Scottish tartan table cloth and 5 boxes standing tall each waiting to be described and sampled. Now out came the Haggis to condition the our taste buds for what was to come. I had sampled some brands of Scotch, but nothing had prepared me for the language that was used on each Scotch tasted, defined in terms of “Cereal, Fruity, Floral, Peaty, Feinty, Sulphury, Woody, Winey”. The attendees appreciated the expert comments on each Scotch selection’s, intermixed with jokes and poems.  Back to my friend GOOGLE when I got home “how to describe scotch whisky”.  First pick out of 19,200,000 results was  www.whiskymag.com, how to nose your Scotch. That was it for me, after 5 ounces of Scotch, I slept like a Scottish Sheep dog.

Thanks to the all people who made this a wonderful evening.  Get your ticket for the next Scotch Tasting evening, whether you are a rank amateur or well “aged”.

Check out the bagpiper.

One of the jokes.

 

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