The Scottish spirit or the uisge beatha, ot “the water of life”, is a wonderful spirit with a charismatic and absorbing past. The lengths and methods a distiller pursues incorporating the long-maturation periods (10, 12, 15, 18 years old etc) defines whisky, especially single malt whisky, as a high and wonderful quality product. Whereas some spirits have little flavour compounds (e.g. vodkas), others gain flavour from their distillation period (e.g. Cognacs) and some gain additional flavour from maturation in oak casks - Malt Whisky gains flavour from both the distillation method and maturation, producing a complex and flavoursome spirit. Truly one of a kind!
But it's not a simple as that. There is detailed variation throughout regional Scotland, from the fruity and elegant Speyside, to the peaty and smoky Islay and from the delicate Lowlands to the robust and spicy Highlands. Then there's Ireland, America, Canada, Australia…..if only we could taste them all in one evening.
Here at the East London Wine School, we’ll be tasting 6 different styles showing just what makes them different, and why some can be rather expensive.
This is a unique opportunity, and certainly not one to be missed.
In our whisky tasting you will:
- taste 6 different whiskys from around the world
- learn how to taste high-strength spirits through the art of 'cutting'
- learn the definitions of differing alcohol strengths, e.g. 'cask strength'
- find out the enchanting history of Scotch Whisky, as well as how it is made
An exciting tasting designed as an introduction to possibly the world's greatest spirit. Enjoy!
Places remaining: 8
Course Date/Time: Thu 25th Jan 2018 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Chamberlain Hotel, Minories, London