On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, our founder, Rose Jia, did a private whiskey and food tasting with some senior leaders at American Express. She featured 4 different whiskeys and Chef Carolyn Grifel prepared 4 delicious courses paired expertly to the whiskeys served.
- Each whisk(e)y¹ was paired with a specific dish to emphasize a specific flavor profile from the whiskey.
- Each round of tasting was accompanied with an interactive discovery session.
- In between tastings, Rose explained the origins of "the water of life" as well as definitions and nuances around bourbons, scotches and ryes.
Yamazaki 12 Single Malt
Miso-marinated sea bass,
sauteed oyster mushrooms and walnuts with sesame
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
Clove-scented country ham,
pan-roasted corn and frissee salad with sherry vinaigrette
Mortlach 16 Single Malt Scotch
Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
La Bete Noir chocolate cake
with salted almond brittle and blood orange sauce
SOME WHISK(E)Y TERMS DEFINED:
Whisky vs. whiskey: Both spellings are correct. The difference is primarily due to geography. “Whisky” is primarily used in: Canada, Japan, Scotland, England, and Wales. “Whiskey” is primarily used in Ireland and the United States. For more info, click here.
Single malt (type): Single malt whisky is a whisky made at one distillery from a mash that uses only malted grain, usually barley. Malting (process): The grains (e.g. barley) are made to germinate by soaking in water, and are then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air. The resulting dried germinated cereal grains are called “malt.”
Peat (flavor): Peat is basically turf made of partially decayed vegetation, e.g. moss and wood. In Scotland, particularly in Islay, peat is used as fuel to create fires that dry malted barley (one of the steps of making whisky).
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