Night out at a Macallan Scotch Tasting
November 29, 2010 Leave a comment
When I first got the invite to head down to a Scotch tasting being put on by the good folks at Macallan, I couldn’t help but think of Will Ferrel from Anchorman: “I love Scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly..” I wasn’t that much of a fan of it by the end of the night, but it was a great time.
Throughout the night we had the opportunity to sample 10 year old, 12 year old sherry oak, 15 year old fine oak, 19 year old sherry oak and sherry oak cask strength scotch.
After the first sample, which we were allowed to try with the donation of a Macallan coin (not sure why), we were eventually ushered into the next room. With plates filled with cheese, meat slices and bread, we sat down at tables and began the official portion of the tasting with the Macallan brand ambassador.
It was great learning about the various ways Scotch is prepared, from the type of cask it’s stored in, to the best ways to drink it. Did you know there’s no reason to swirl Scotch in its glass? And to smell it, you should leave your mouth open so you’re not inhaling the alcohol, but the aroma? Also, casks used to make sherry are what they use to make the sherry oak Macallan Scotch; they over produce the stuff just so they can have casks to house the Scotch.
As the tastings progressed, each one got a bit too strong for me. I much preferred the 10 and 12 year, since they had less kick and more flavour. That being said, thanks to dropping my business card in the bag at the beginning of the night, I was lucky enough to be drawn for one of the door prizes. I got to walk home with a bottle of Macallan Sherry Oak Cask Strength Scotch, so I guess I have to toughen up and enjoy this one!
Here’s the evidence:
I’d like to thank Macallan and Matchstick for inviting me out to the event. I had a blast!
Did you make it out to the tasting? What did you think?