On the evening of the 28th June, I had the pleasure to attend the Single malt Whisky Tasting at the New WWW Shop & Bar at the Junction Mall on Ngong road. We were welcomed to the cellar influences outlet with bottle of wines, whiskies, sakes, brandies and any fine liqueur you could think of. I was seated next to Mr. Chris Kirubi, the both of us Whisky drinkers, at least in the beginning we thought so. Throughout the evening we where sampling whiskies from the around the world and especially Scotland.
Hosting the single malt tasting session was Fraser Jones (above) who works in Dubai with the Middle East’s largest liquor distribution company, MMI. As the company’s Single Malt Ambassador he represents a plethora of the most famous names in whisky and will share both his knowledge of the brands and Scotland’s fascinating distilling history. Having studied and worked in the world of wines and spirits for eight years Fraser holds the prestigious Diploma Certificate from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust in London. He travels extensively to showcase his country’s fine single malt whiskies and has visited many of the world’s most famous distilleries and wineries; Fraser will be sharing these unique experiences with you in Kenya.
First up was a blended single malt from Glenrothes, that to the nose smelt sweet and almost caramelized with a hint of orange citrus. From what we learnt from the lecture Whisky is a drink to chew on… Meaning keep it moving in your mouth till you feel every flavor. This one was sweet with an almost citrus burn to it. To enhance the flavor and aroma of Whisky the next step is to add a sprinkle of water to release the oils, yes oils, that retain the core of the flavor. Tip: Avoid using cold water, room temperature water is the best, reason being that the flavors tense in the cold.
The Second Whisky was a bit stronger and aged in a sherry barrel giving us a deeper color and more of a spicy element. When slightly diluted with water, use a neutral water if possible, the flavor developed more with a hint of vanilla.
Then on to the rest of the Whiskies shown bellow with some bitings. We went to Japan an tried an exquisite Single malt whisky, back to Scotland for a Jura single malt that has a very sea like almost salty feel, jumped to Ireland for a triple distilled very smokey variety and Finally back to scotland for a Bowmore Single Malt for the a whisky with amazing depth.
If you are interested in having this experience, it is Ksh 3,500, only available for this evening 29th June 2011.