Well, I'm just a little whiskied out today. After tasting approximately 24 whiskies from 14 different distillers and bottlers, dehydrated is the word that sums me up very well. I tried to pace myself and dumped some rather expensive whisky away, but, I am still paying a price. I should have been making sure to drink more water, I think.
All told the evening was a lot of fun. Despite some paranoid worries that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society lost my reservation in the six months since I made it, my friend J. and I were indeed on this list. The buffet dinner provided with the tasting was excellent: a delicious salad we would have been happy to eat by itself all night, assorted grilled and roasted vegetables, three different kinds of pasta, steamship beef roast, roast whole turkey, and (when the turkey gave out) prime rib. Plus, everyone was given a bag containing three premium cigars that we were unfortunately unable to smoke on premises owing to local ordinance. There were lots of men in formal Scottish attire (kilts), and, one hapless staffer even took a reasonable stab (though not a great one) at playing the bagpipes to end the evening.
Based on last night's experience, there appear to be two schools of thought about who should actually pour whiskies at gatherings like this. The first says "Scotsmen", so there is a guy in a kilt behind the table telling you about the distillation process through a thick Scottish accent. The other is to have women do it -- no girls in bikinis mind you, but, attractive, professional female salespeople.
It was with one of these women that the evening's only sour note was heard.
Pouring whisky is evidently not the easiest work at times. One woman who was pouring Aberlour described a recent Whiskies Of The World Expo where their table had to close early because too many of the male attendees started reaching across the table not only to grab whisky for themselves, but also grab at the women pouring it.
To those men, I can only say "what were you thinking???" Whisky and women should always be respected, especially when taken together. Shame on all of you.
on 2003-11-07 at 12:33 p.m.
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