A bitterly cold Sunday night of a long weekend made for the perfect setting for a whiskey/whisky tasting at The Urban Grape in Chestnut Hill this past weekend. While most wine stores close up shop at 6:00 on Sundays, The Urban Grape sometimes closes and then reopens to host special pop up events, complete with great food and drinks and a nice bit of education on the beverage of the day. Normally I am too lazy to go out on a Sunday night, but, long weekend or not, I find it a great way to help stave off the Monday blues until Monday actually arrives.
Whisk(e)y A Go-Go featured whiskey expert Matt Chivian talking about nine different whiskeys that hailed from the US, Ireland, or Scotland. Food pairings were made by The Gallows, and they were not just great with the whiskey, but they were winter comfort food at its finest.
Here’s the lineup:
American Whiskey by Michter’s American Whiskey Co.
“Single Barrel” Straight Rye Whiskey (Kentucky) paired with Deviled Eggs w/House Smoked Fish
“Unblended” American Whiskey (Kentucky) paired with Apple and Cured Ham Mince Meat Pie
“Small Batch” Bourbon Whiskey (Kentucky) paired with Pulled Pork Sliders
Irish Whiskey bottled by Cooley Distillery
Slane Castle “Premium Blended” Whiskey (Ireland), paired with GreatHill Blue Cheese, Honey, Citrus on Brioche
Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail
Benromach Distillery 10 year (Speyside)
Ledaig Distillery 16 year (Isle of Mill)
Pulteny Distillery “Old Pulteny” 21 year (Highland)
Glenrothes Distillery 30 year (Speyside)
The above were paired with The Gallows’ Scotch and Barley Soup with Oxtail, while the below was a slightly sweet, slightly gingery dessert all on its own.
Dunkeld Atholl Brose Scotch Whisky Liqueur
As you can see, the tasting lineup was pretty spectacular, and it featured some really tasty, well-balanced choices. My personal favorites were the Slane Castle Whiskey, which is smooth and light, perfect for blending in cocktails as a rum substitute, the Benromach 10 year because of the earthy turf undertones that reminded me of a rainy Irish day, a hot whiskey, and a fireplace, and the Glenrothes Distillery 30 year because of it’s toasty, slightly sweet notes and lovely smoothness.
It was a great way to spend a Sunday evening with friends; I even got to catch up with blogger buddies from Beantown Eats! The Urban Grape does a fantastic job with every detail of their events, from choosing great businesses to partner with for delicious food pairings, to important details like offering a coat rack for guests. The tickets for the whiskey pop up event were $15 each which, considering how much whiskey and food was available, is pretty amazing. Their events sell out fast, so keep an eye out!
Are you a whiskey/whisky fan? If not, what other spirits do you like for wintry cocktails?
Speaking of cocktails, I am finally checking out The Hawthorne tonight. Any suggestions on what to order?