November 4, 2009 in Writing


November 4, 2009 · Writing

A few things I learned at the Macallan Scotch tasting

Satan, unusual pairings, and iceball-making devices.

(Remember how I said that my next post would be from Japan? Well I lied. Blame the phenomena of jet lag. For the anxious, I have some photos here and will start posting full entries by next week.)

Last month, I attended a tasting for The Macallan Scotch. As Pam said:

Going to learn about “The Macallan.” If it as a “the” it has to be amazing, right?

Macallan Tasting

This guy sure thinks so:

Macallan Tasting

He’s Marc Laverdiere, Scotch Whisky Ambassador for The Macallan. He told us all about the art of Scotch making.

Macallan Tasting

Because so many other people — like Casie

Macallan Tasting

— have already done such a good job of blogging his lesson, I’ll just share a few slightly-less-important things I learned:

Satan himself is involved in the distilling process.

I kid you not:

Macallan Tasting

Scotch lends itself well to unusual pairings

Or at least Sass thought so.

Macallan Tasting

Macallan Tasting

Macallan Tasting

Iceball making devices have been invented already

It’s a really mind-blowing process. You simply set a block of ice in this copper thingamajig:

Macallan Tasting

And through the magic of science and specific heat you get something like this a few seconds later:

Macallan Tasting

Again, because of physics, it takes longer for the ice to melt, keeping your drink cooler and less water-logged:

Macallan Tasting

Talking about Scotch can often be misconstrued

Karly noted a few:

“the wood has nothing more to give”- “At first the wood is generous, over 20 years the spirit could overcome the wood”

“you have yet to put your lips on the liquid, and it does not matter”

Over time, the liquid will penetrate the wood”

“part your lips when you smell, and then – have fun”

Scotch plays well with light

Macallen Tasting

And if this blog post spurred you into making a trip or three to the LCBO, the nice folks at Matchstick want you to tell them a thing or two.


This entry was written by Andrew Louis on November 4, 2009 and posted in Writing.