Ok, let’s be honest, Scotch whiskey is an acquired taste. Which is why it helps to have tips so you don’t squint your eyes and shake your head with anguish every time you take a sip (us about six months ago).
With that being said, we’re learning our whiskey palate to know what tastes oaky… or has flavors of toffee… or has a slight spice to it… (you can see our confusion). That’s why we quickly made the brand ambassador at The Glenlivet event our best friend. I don’t think he was aware of our camaraderie status until he realized we didn’t leave his side… or that we made matching friendship bracelets. That’s another story.
Well, the funky event took place at Michael Andrews Bespoke, a quaint, hipster shop in Soho that screamed cigars and men (yay for us!). It was a very fitting (suit joke) location that perfectly complemented the ambiance of the vintage malt whiskey collection. As far as our new best friend, as soon as he began pouring samples and talking about The Glenlivet Cellar Collection, we knew we were about to be schooled.
Ok, ready to listen teacher. Scotch whiskey enthusiasts were falling all over each other to taste the recently released 1964 Cellar Collection, which will number less than 1,000 in the world. To put things into perspective, the Scotch whiskey we tasted was aged for 40 years, which was the same time The Beatles landed their first hit in the United States.
At the tasting, they probably had the same amount of screaming fans for the 1964 Cellar Collection as they did when Please Please Me was released. Priced at about $2,000 a bottle, we even perked up at the thought of savoring the limited-edition luxury. We followed all the rules starting with smell, we were happy to inhale fruity aromas… good start. We can handle fruit. Then came taste and a little swish; our taste buds were off and running. It was actually pretty smooth and well balanced with floral and sweet plums. We guess our taste buds took off to the finish because it ended with a rich and warm taste with a gentle fruity spiciness. Since it’s still winter in New York, we’ll take all the warmth we can get!
The other two Scotch whiskeys we tried from The Glenlivet Cellar Collection included The Glenlivet 1983 (my favorite year, eh hem..birth day) and The Glenlivet 1973. The 1983 had more of a nuts and fruit taste and went down incredibly smooth, the 1973 was bursting with big juicy sweet orange flavors combined with rich sherry sweetness and moist gingerbread notes. After ‘tasting’ the malts, we definitely left with a buzz and a gold star for product knowledge.
Thanks teach! We wish all our college classes were like this.