You know I love whisk(e)y, especially Scotch whisky. I don’t know why I love it, I just do. The more I learn about it, the more I like it.
I love the taste, the smell, the color and the way it brings friends together. And the way it helps me meet new friends — including famous people — as it did today. 🙂
Yesterday afternoon, I happened to check my personal email and found an email asking if I wanted to have lunch with Richard Paterson. You could have knocked me over with a feather, but the email was from someone in New York. I feared that they didn’t know I lived in Northern California. I quickly was able to establish that they were in fact meeting in San Francisco. Whew! I was able to clear it with my boss to “work from home” today (I have a great boss!). For those who don’t know, Richard is a rock star in the whisky world. He’s the master blender at Whyte & Mackay and is widely respected in the industry. And I’m a big fan of his products.
I didn’t expect that I’d be the only person there with him (that would have been hella intimidating!), and in fact there were a bunch of journalists who cover food and spirits. We got along really well; it was awesome to meet new people who share common interests. And we got to taste three different expressions from The Dalmore: Their 15-, 18- and 21-year-old whiskies. And we got to enjoy the food at Zero Zero: Amazing appetizers and pizza.
Plus, in a first for me, we all got to nose the “new make” spirit — fresh off the still. You could totally tell it was The Dalmore, but in my opinion it would have been way too intense to drink at that high strength level (about 70% ABV). Richard only had a small sample with him, so drinking it was out of the question.
Richard taught us his method of nosing and tasting, and he showed us a party trick to use a napkin to float whisky on top of water. I should have taken a picture. I can demonstrate it any time. 🙂
Speaking of pictures, I posted some on Facebook when I got home. I’ll attach some promotional pictures of what we drank, though. Left to right, here are the 15, the 18 and the 21 “1263 King Alexander III.”