May 19, 2013
Tooker Alley (Brooklyn, NY)
Photos By: Clay Washington
Vanilla…caramel…peat. When you’ve been to enough whiskey tastings, the unifying characteristics of most whiskies become obvious to you, if also beloved and welcome. But every now and again, you start to wonder “what if?” Or “what else?” What else can whiskey do? What if whiskey distillers tried something a little bit…odd? What if whiskey drinkers wanted to wander just a little bit further into the left field of what whiskey can do and, perhaps more to the point, how it can taste.
“Odd Bedfellows” is an exploration and celebration of the whiskies and distillers who have pushed the boundaries of what we think of as whiskey. Whether it’s experimenting with different grains, different types of stills, or different barrels, the past several years have seen an explosion in the number of distillers who are tweaking tradition and creating new, exciting expressions of our favorite spirit.
Mad Science? Perhaps. Innovation? Most definitely. Delicious? We sure as heck think so. Join Keith Allison of Teleport City as he picks the minds of Robin Robinson of Compass Box, Allison Patel of Brenne, and Darek Bell of Corsair Artisan!
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Here at the Whiskey Roundtable, we thought pairing whiskey with BBQ or Steaks is so common that your taste buds needed a break. Bring your buds to Red Egg to try some dim sum with tasty libations from West Virginia distillery Smooth Ambler. You’ll wonder why you’ve never done this before!
When talking about whiskey, people often refer to the “smokiness” of the whiskey — being reminded of campfires or how whiskey pairs so well with cigars. But when is a whiskey smoky, and when are we confusing smoke with some other flavor such as peat? To smoke out this topic, we’ve brought in Amanda Schuster, Carmen Operetta Carroll, and Karl duHoffmann. The event will be held at Idle Hands Bar, 25 Avenue B, Downstairs, New York, NY 10009 on Saturday, June 2nd from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Tickets are available through ScoutMob.
Amanda still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up, but she hopes she can continue getting paid to drink good whisky no matter what happens. She is a writer, consultant and marketer with several years under her belt in the wine and spirits industry. Though whisky is her favorite, she considers herself bi-spiritual and knows what to put in a wine glass too.
Carmen is an African American woman — one of the few working professionally in the industry — on a mission to understand the ins and outs of Scotch whisky, has studied at twenty-seven distilleries. She has cut peat; worked the malting floors, the mill, and the kiln; cleaned the mash tuns; and distilled, barreled, and bottled whisky. If that wasn’t enough, she is creating her own blend of Scottish whisky and importing it to the USA!
Karl brings 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to bear when speaking on distilled beverages. A passionate advocate for the diversity to be found amongst the great spirits of the world, Karl is a dynamic educator who challenges received wisdom and brings a fun informative presence to the room.
When do you go from occasional whiskey drinker to become the passionate whiskey drinker? Join us for the first meeting of the Whiskey Roundtable to find out how some of today’s women of whiskey got hooked! This Whiskey Roundtable will include Nicola Riske, Kristina Sutter Nash, Stephanie Moreno and Ellie Tam. The event will be held at The Rum House, 228 West 47th Street on Saturday, March 31st from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. Tickets available through EventBrite.
Managing programs and special events requires a lot of time and can be grueling. Nicola says the time flies working with Diageo because she takes great pleasure in talking about Whiskey, a topic that she loves.
Sitting at her first Scotch seminar, long before she was a Master of Scotch, Kristina learned that whisky can range in flavor as much as Pinot Grigio to Petit syrah. An avid wine drinker, she had found her next love. These trainings and keen interest have developed her palate to truly appreciate and understand the complexity and flavor profiles of the great Gaelic water of life.
As spirits buyer, Stephanie was afforded an opportunity most only dream of: to be paid to taste alcohol. Tasting products from bottom shelf vodka to 50 year old Single Malt Scotch, she has tasted it all. There are, however, those spirits that speak to her a bit louder and they are often of the brown persuasion. She would like to show you one of the ones that drives her to drink.
All it took was one visit to Scotland and a single dram to transform Ellie into a Scotch fanatic. Since then, she’s explored the world of whisky obsessively and shares her passion with the public through the ever-growing website NYCWhisky.com and by coordinating events through the NYC Whisky Enthusiasts group. Ellie can be found nearly every Monday at the Tribeca bar Ward III’s Whisk(e)y Monday.
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