Last night saw us back at school, well, at a whiskey tasting lesson, at Str.Eat. Now, I don’t know a thing about the stuff, only that we seem to have a lot, so have devised some recipes (which you can read in the Christmas issue out with MaltaToday in December) to use it up. I also know of a mighty fine version, which I give as a gift, from The English Whisky Company. Love giving it to the Scots, watching their faces on supping their first dram is priceless.
Farsons gave the demo and I was impressed by the various methods and differences in the making. We were taken through the malting, kilning, meshing, washing and fermentation steps and then on the aging, with some sweet stories thrown in.
The tasting consisted of trying 5 varieties, Jameson, Jim Beam, Chivas, Glenlivet and Laphroaig. My favourites being Jim Beam and Glenlivet; not sure what that says about me, but at least I feel now I can make an educated choice when it comes to choosing which bottles end up in the pantry and which in the bar!
We had some nibbly bits to tide us over but decided to digest what we had learned and tasted with a bowl of pasta with pulled pork. I only managed half of mine it was so big, but had a brilliant night’s sleep!