We knew that to line up some of the world's finest single malt Whisky's with delicious canapes from one of New Zealand's top chefs would make for a great night, but we were surprised at just how much fun it turned out to be as well.
Anybody that celebrates their Scottish heritage as we do, recognises the art of storytelling and great whisky and food are always at the center of a good yarn.
Ross Blaney, ambassador for The Balvenie Distillery shared some lovely insights into the people involved in crafting magic into every bottle of single malt that is produced in Speyside, Scotland. Such was his ability to capture the essence of The Balvenie that you could almost smell the toasted barrels and the peat in the malting floors.
The Story Range from Balvenie which we sampled, share different characteristics that reflect the people who crafted them and the long journey from an idea to realisation in bottles shipped throughout the world. You can enjoy more of these stories by tuning into the podcasts featuring everybody from malt Masters to the Coopers to the Distillery Manager - find the Balvenie Stories here
It was an opportunity for us at Scots in Spirit to add to the theatre and authenticity of the evening by providing tartans, kilts and a piper (John Henry - great job!) to the mix which certainly got the crowd going.
It certainly was a privilege to work alongside Federal Merchants (importers of The Balvenie and Glen Fiddich Whisky), Phil Clark of Phil's Kitchen and Kingland Social(our venue) and Scott Cushman from Digital Fish who captured images of the evening.
On behalf of Graham & Sue of Scots in Spirit, we would like to thank everybody that helped make the night the success it was and to all of you that shared it with us - we look forward to hosting many more events and invite you to stay tuned for the next one. Follow us on Facebook for up to date information and offers.
We are already planning a 'Burns Supper" in July and Ross Blaney has indicated that he would love to join us. This will feature some of the traditional elements of a Burns Supper but with a modern twist and of course - great food, superb whisky and storytelling!
Until then "Slàinte mhath"
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