anuptowngal and wineguyTO), and their father-in-law to a special night with a tutored nosing and meal in honour of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns.
The evening began with an address by The Hunt's very own Marcel Bregstein (the emcee for the evening and the club Sommelier), to the crowd. Highland dancers followed, with traditional dancing and colourful outfits all lead in by a piper. The piper then read the Address to A Haggis, and promptly had it distributed amongst the guests (small tastes only; sadly). This being my second time having Haggis, I noted that this one seemed a wee bit on the dry side, but still quite excellent. I am willing to admit that this is an acquired taste (and not one that I figured I would have acquired), but it is quite delicious when prepared and splashed with a bit of Scotch. Think of it like Kishka, a meat and meal sausage, made with heartier meat and a dash of blood. Haggis is sheep's pick (heart, liver and lungs) mixed with onions, oats and spices all baked in a sheep's stomach. Doesn't sound delicious? If you think of it as eating a sausage, (a very rich and hearty sausage), it's quite delicious and makes for a very satisfying meal.
The main guest was introduced next by the Sommelier. Todd McDonald from PMA Canada, a 20 year veteran of scotch sales, on behalf of William Grants & Sons. With him he brought a selection of Balvenie (12 Year old Doublewood and The 12 Year old Signature) and a selection of Glenfiddich samples (the LCBO available flight of 12-21 Years). Being the proud owner of the entire flight (save the 18), this was not a blind tasting to yours truly. We were treated to a visual tour of the Balvenie operation and explained how Scotch moves from grain to glass, through the distillation process.
The dinner was fantastic; featuring spinach salad with a fantastic Glenlivet vinaigrette, Salmon in a champagne sauce with braised leeks, and finished with a whisky chocolate mousse and butterscotch ice cream. Incredible evening with incredible friends, and a fantastic way to celebrate Mr. Burn's birthday. I think I'll have to draft up some notes on the 21 year old in the future.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Tasting notes to follow; in the future.... once the drooling stops. I recently hit my overtime bonus, and decided to indulge myself.