Last week consisted of a record setting eighteen virtual tastings. Some events were spectacular, like the Bushmills’ tasting with L Mulligan, of which I was lucky to be a part of. A review of this event will be posted tomorrow. Most of the eighteen tastings were at competitive prices and reflected the accessible nature of the drams on offer. Next week looks to be heading in a slightly more exclusive direction.
The whisky week kicks off on Wednesday with a Daftmill tasting hosted by London Whisky Club. The lineup is incredible, featuring an LMDW 2009 Single Cask release, a 2007 Japanese release and the single cask from the Ralfy tasting, to name a few. The next night sees a couple of excellent tastings, with an Inverurie Whisky Shop featuring two legends of the industry, Jim McEwan and Robin Laing. There is also a Douglas Laing blind tasting event, held by Southport Whisky Club.
The weekend sees SWAG hosting an eclectic Irish whiskey night, with eight drams on offer to showcase the experimental nature of the Irish whiskey industry. Standout drams include the Teeling Whiskey Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum Cask as well as the Currach Single Malt Irish Whiskey Atlantic Kombu Seaweed Cask. On the same night, The Wee Dram will continue their tradition of hosting some of the best tastings this year, with their Benriach tasting event. Last, but certainly not least, Exclusive Scottish Visits have teamed up with the illustrious whisky writer Charles MacLean and world renowned chocolatier Iain Burnett will host a whisky and chocolate pairing night, with four special drams on offer, including the Glendronach 21 Year Old.
Sunday closes the week with two excellent events. Up first are the Edinburgh Whisky Group, who will be hosting a night of Mackmyra tasting, who by common consensus have held the most prolific and inventive virtual tastings this year. Lastly, and possibly the most exciting tasting of the week, Bunnahabhain are holding a Fèis Ìle Retrospective, where the distillery will run through their Fèis Ìle offerings from the previous two years.
Next week may lack last week’s abundance, but in terms of quality, this will be hard to beat. Check the Virtual Whisky Listings for information on these events, as well as dozens of others.