Whiskey or Whisky?

Whiskey or Whisky?

Without giving you a whisk(e)y lesson, Whiskey is Irish and Whisky is Scottish. On Thursday 21st July, Settlers Tavern hosted a Whiskey Appreciation afternoon for staff and members of the local Whiskey Appreciation Club. With a large range of whiskies to taste and compare.

The Whisk(e)y Appreciation afternoon was presented by Diageo.

We were introduced to a number of Scotch Whisky blends including Glenkinchie, Singleton Spey Cascade, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Johnnie Walker Gold, Johnnie Walker Green, Talisker and Oban.

I say 'introduced' on purpose, even though most of the participants know whisk(e)y considerably better than I. You always take something away from these tastings and it proves fruitful if you go into it without any pre-conceived ideas or judgements. That way as bartenders we can serve objectively and find the perfect recommendation.

It was particularly interesting to learn about the history of each blend. An intriguing story about Johnnie (John) Walker and his family. His son, Alexander Walker, had apprenticed as a tea merchant before returning to the family business. The art of tea blending proved very useful as he used those skills to create 'Old Highland Whisky' eventually renamed 'Johnnie Walker Black Label' the blend that made Johnnie Walker whisky famous.