Last night, we headed on down to The Punch Bowl in Mayfair for a spot of whisky tasting with the team behind The Whisky Lounge and Fentimans drinks. Whilst we do love a cocktail, there is something raw and exciting about indulging in the history of a particular drink.
Read more: A Taste of Fentimans at The Botanist
Whisk You Away
“Whisky tasting is like wine tasting… only better”
Whisky is simply made from grain, water and yeast and the only thing you can play with is the yeast. We’ll rise to the occasion on that note… we tried out these four different styles:
1) ‘Space Out’ – This had a sweet, smooth, summery feel to it, and didn’t have that ‘kick’ to it. It was neat and we learnt that 5 or 6 distilleries went into making it.
2) The second whisky we tried was an amber colour and we learnt that it came from sherry casks. Sherry has been out of fashion for a while (It reminds of EastEnder’s Dot Cotton) but the casks are a game changer in the whisky world.
3) The third whisky we tried (and by this point the canapés helped us stay focused) had been aged in a peated cask (wet wood). This one smelt like old books and we could imagine ourselves drinking this on a winter’s eve curled up with a good book.
4) Whisky number four smelt and tasted like leather (if that makes any sense). It had a real spice and peppery zing to it which obviously we now know that is what you call character.
“Not a crime to add water”
If you’re new to drinking whisky and don’t want to completely dismiss it, adding a drop of water makes it a little more drinkable, or why not try mixing it with one of Fentimans’ ginger ales?
Just how strong is it?
“Minimum alcohol level is 40%”
It all depends on the age and the distillery.
What makes a ‘good’ whisky?
“Its about balance, complexity and texture”
You might want to check out our fashion section on that note.
To quote whisky legend Doug McIvor:
“Just drink the f*cking stuff”
That is just exactly what we’ll be doing at…
The London Whisky Weekender
Whisky isn’t just for the older gentlemen sitting in his chamber with the hearth ablaze and a book, it’s for everyone. That’s exactly why you should be heading down to the The London Whisky Weekender. Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or whisky curious, this festival is a must do for a Londoners and all those further afield. It makes a great trip into town in between the two bank holidays.
The Whisky Lounge will be celebrating its 10th birthday this year and there are lots of exciting things happening throughout the weekend. Not only that, if you’re not entirely sold on whisky, there will a lounge dedicated to all things Gin with exhibitors including: Bombay, Tanqueray 10 and Plymouth. There will also be plenty of workshops and masterclasses in each session; from Whisky Baptisms, to Blending Experiences, to Cocktail Demonstrations and their new ‘Whisky Heaven’. You had us a whisky baptisms, we’ll see you at the altar!
Friday 11 May – Sunday 13 May 2018
The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington Oval, London SE11
Find out more information and book tickets here.