When Matchstick reps asked me if I was interested in a Scotch tasting event, I was a bit iffy, since I am not big on alcohol. I drink an occasional Candy Apple Martini or a Corona, but I’m definitely not into hard liquors. Fortunately, my friends were, so this week we went to One Hazelton to taste some spirits and mingle with other Scotch enthusiasts.
Having walked in knowing virtually nothing about Scotch, as promised by our wonderful host Mark, we left equipped with more than basic understanding of how to pick your drink, how to savour and enjoy it, and even how to smell it correctly! We tasted Macallan 10, 12, 15, 18, and 21 years old. And each, surprisingly, did taste different with various notes from chocolate to vanilla to dried fruit, hitting our taste buds. My favorite of the night was Macallan 12 years old, matured in sherry oak casks from Jerez, Spain. It was the smoothest of the bunch, with a sweet toffee finish. Al’s favorite was Macallan 18, followed by the 12 as well. The food was quite delicious as well, with yummy appetizers passes around the room. So to us, the evening was a great success! Because I really don’t know how any alcohol lover could ever leave without at least becoming curious about the Macallan brand, seeing how they seem so focused on creating a best-tasting Single Malt.
If this sounds interesting to you or your friends, you can also enjoy an evening of Scotch, food, and a bit of history by registering here: www.celebratethemacallan.ca. I’d suggest that you do it sooner than later, because these usually book up quite fast. Enjoy and drink responsibly!
That’s me taking a photo of Al holding her glass.
That was a super cool gadget that turns ice cubes into ice balls! Apparently ice balls don’t melt as fast, thus keeping your Scotch cool and water-free!
More photos after the jump!