As winter rolls in, our thoughts turn to whiskies on the more peated side of the tasting chart. The smoky flavours are perfect for sipping by the fire during these cold winter months. We will be trying whiskies from a couple of different islands in Scotland, but predominantly from Islay.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
Everyone is welcome but if you’re an adventurous whisky drinker, looking to expand upon your knowledge, or you would like to venture outside of your regular (Highland) comfort zone, then this tasting is for you.
We’ve chosen 7 whiskies with different finishes and peat levels in an attempt to show how the introduction of peat to the production process can affect the flavours in many different ways.
Your tasting kit
- Bowmore 18 Year ($125.99)
- Laphroaig Triplewood ($114.99)
- Isle of Raasay Single Malt ($98.99)
- Lagavulin 8 Year ($84.99)
- Caol Ila 12 Year ($86.99)
- Kilchoman Machir Bay Islay Single Malt ($79.99)
- Ardbeg Wee Beastie ($74.99)
Note: participants must be of legal drinking age.
Hosts: Robert White
Robert has worked in the adult-beverage industry for over 30 years on both the wholesale and retail sides of the business. He was inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich in 2008. This is a society that requires a significant and long term contribution to the success of Scottish Whisky and the Scotch Whisky industry. Not to be confused with Companions of the Quaich, which is a great whisky club for which there are chapters all over the world, that all can join . The Keepers of the Quaich only invite approximately 50 people to join each year. Robert is one of only about 4000 world-wide members, and one of few Canadians to receive the honour. As of today, there are only about 60 Keepers in Canada. Fun fact: Robert was gifted a square metre of land in the northern Hebridean Islands of Scotland. This technically makes Robert a “Laird” in Scotland, and his wife a “Lady”. He’s never actually been to see his little chunk of land, but believes if he was to stand in it, he would likely encroach on his neighbor!!
BYO beer, water and nibbles
We suggest having some distilled water or a beer on hand for cleansing your palate. This tasting does not include food, nor does it require it. However, if you wish to have some nibbles to enjoy with the tasting, we suggest mild bites such as a baguette, crackers, shortbreads, and mild cheeses. Strong flavours and spicy foods should be avoided.
Getting your whisky for the Tasting:
- You will receive an email when your tasting kit is ready for pick up at Rocky Mountain Wine Spirits Beer. You may assign someone else to pick up your whisky during the checkout process. ID including proof of age will be required to pick up the tasting kit. See our store location and hours.
- You may also ship via Canada Post for an extra fee (calculated during checkout). If shipping, be sure to order at least 10 days prior to the tasting so we can get your whiskies to you in time.