The past few days have been wonderful. My (official) celebration of whisky began a couple of days earlier than Harry’s and Frodo’s by attending the Compass Box Whisky dinner on November 3. To make it short, John Glaser and Stephen Beaumont were welcoming and informative host’s to an intimate dinner of approximately 20 guests. The menu is too lengthy to retype, but for those interested in the pairings, please check out Whisky Dinner at http://www.spiritoftoronto.ca
. Asyla, Hedonism, Eleuthera and Peat Monster were used in the recipes and poured in our glasses. The meal was melt-in-the-mouth delicious with Compass Box as a complimentary ingredient within each course. The evening was a great success. The dinner put me in countdown mode to the upcoming Spirit of Toronto festival.
The Big Night...
Harry, Frodo and I met up outside of Roy Thomson Hall where we also were joined by a couple of my friends. Although Harry is right to say that whisky fans are a friendly lot, I was really happy to have Harry and Frodo’s company. It made a difference for me to discuss what we were drinking and to review what was said in the masterclasses. They have mentioned a number of details that I don’t need to repeat, except that in the John Glaser – The Compass Box Blending Seminar, the five whiskies were: Teaninch 10 yo, Clynelish 12 yo, Ardmore 14 yo; Coal Ila 10 yo, and Linkwood 12 yo. The three whiskies that were chosen by majority vote for our blend were: Ardmore (Lead whisky), Teaninich (middle) and Linkwood (Topnote). John advised us to wait 2 weeks before sampling our group effort. I will report the results of our masterpiece in due time. John's seminar was very informative, interactice and included a helpful seven page handout.
Other whiskies that I sampled from booth to booth were:
Highland Park 25
Macallan 15 FO
'73 Strathclyde 30 yo, Single grain
Plus, I was sipping the whiskies that were served in the two masterclasses that were discussed earlier. My two favourites presented at the Michael Urquhart's masterclass were the Aberfeldy (1988 Vintage date, bottled 2003) and the 25 yo Longmorn.
My only regret is that I couldn't divide the festival into two days! I missed visiting the Laguvulin's, Yoichi and the Balvenie table (Bernie, I know where I would have found you!)
It was a very full and wonderful evening. "Spiritoffeifel-event" -Bernie, I think you are the man for the job!