Last week, the Single Malt Society of America held their “Whisky Extravaganza” under the vaulted ceiling of Guastavino’s in Midtown.
The event drew out hundreds of whisky lovers and dozens of distilleries offering tastings of their benchmark whiskies, alongside rare and commercially unavailable expressions.
The evening began with a master class from Glenfiddich, which offered at tasting flight of their 12 year old, a cask-strength 21 year old (add a teaspoon of water here), a single-malt aged in Cuban rum barrels, and their incredibly balanced 21 year old.
Then, it was time to pick up a glencairn, and move onto the buffet and the main event. So many of Scotland’s top distilleries where there. It was like a month long trek through the Scottish Isles distilled into one very heady evening.
Some of LLNYC’s favorites of the night were Ardbeg’s Uigeadail, a 16-year-old Bowmore, a 21-year-old Balvenie, a wonderfully peated Jura and a cask strength Lagavulin that is, alas, not commercially available.
Obviously the Laphroaig table was a highlight, where you could taste their barely while a brick of peat was burned table side – offering up an intoxicating aroma.
And of course the Society’s table of small batch expressions was where some of the most unique whiskies of the night could be found. Check out the Single Malt Society of America’s website here for info on membership.