Monday, January 28, 2008

Burns Party -- The Whisky

This was my whisky menu for the Burns Night Supper. Dan also brought over his Johnnie Walker Blue Label, an excellent blended whisky at about $25 per dram.

Second Annual Burns Supper

Malt Tasting Menu

Glenmorangie 10 year

Imagine yourself in an Italian fruit garden surrounded by geranium, nutmeg and wild bergamot, with breezes kissed by the sea.

Glenmorangie 12 year Port Wood Finish

The 'Quinta Ruban' is finished in ruby port pipes which impart its rich redness and make it a voluptuously smooth spirit with tones of chocolate, mint, and spice—an intriguing balance of smooth velvet and crisp, cooling textures.

Glenlivet 12 year

The original Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the great-grandfather of all whisky. This is a lively golden expression, playfully interlacing fruity and floral aromas in a perfect balance.

Jura Superstition

From the small island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides, smell the rich and nutty tones with whispers of treacle toffee, and then brace yourself for the peaty taste of roasted seaweed. A true island treasure.

Ardbeg 10 year

Perhaps the most peaty malt whisky in the world, yet beautifully balanced, layered and even sweet. An elegant and assertive whisky from the Clan Campbell territory of Islay. Beware! The Campbells are coming!

Macallan 18 year Fine Oak

European sherry oak casks impart a rich character with hints of dried fruits, spice and chocolate orange. American oak casks deliver delicate hints of citrus, coconut and toffee. Together, you have an extraordinarily smooth and delicate, yet complex, expression.

Scapa 14 year

From the remote islands of Orkney, a place so forbidding neither the Vikings nor the Celts can truly lay claim. These rough Orkneymen bring you a whisky married to the sea. In the dunnage warehouses, the whisky sleeps with the briny sea air to create a spirit with a salty tang indefinably different from any inland whisky.

Aberlour 10 year

The definitive example of a Speyside malt. Dry, fresh, fruity aromas of early autumn apples and pears are subtly enhanced with sweet notes of vanilla and mint toffee. Exceptionally smooth and creamy, with honey and warm spice.

Selection of Bushmills Irish Whiskey

For all the Scotch in the world, there are those who prefer the Irish whiskey. Thrice distilled for unparalleled smoothness with a distinct honeyed sweetness that comes from Eire itself.

Please help yourself to the whisky.

Enjoy with an open mind, a good nature, a clean glass, and not a trace of ice.

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