This year our hosts will be Lanny Payne and Bob Valentine on Saturday, May 17 at the Proffitt Dining Room at Maryville College. Times are TBA. The following remarks were submitted by our two hosts to give you a flavor of what to expect. For example, did you know that the first recorded reference to whisky is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland for 1494, which list an order from King James IV for “eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor of Lindores Abby, with which to make aqua vitae.” Another distillery insists that its oak barrels must be made from Arkansas oaks grown on North facing slopes.
Appreciating Scotch Whisky involves enjoying it and knowing what you are enjoying. Our Tasting will feature a range of Scotches selected to give you a “taste” of different characters and a healthy dose of fact, history and humour selected to give you an enjoyable time.
Just a few helpful hints:
1. This is a Tasting, not a wake or a bachelor party. Therefore, you may want to take a light repast before you attend. Garlic and spicy foods – especially peppers – are discouraged as they may deaden the senses a wee bit. You wouldn’t want that.
2. There are no rules to a Tasting, so ours may be unlike other events you may have attended. The objective is not to sell you a bottle, but to entertain while we give you some insights.
3. No children, please, or adults under 21 years of age. Sorry: we don’t make local civil law, but we are obliged to follow it.
“Single malt,” “blended,” “peaty,” “Speyside” – all these things shall be made clear to you with any luck. Without any luck, we’ll have an aye guid time of it.
Come join us!