Saturday 16th May is World Whisk(e)y Day. Which is fabulous, obvs but what’s the best way to celebrate such a sociable occasion when you can’t get out to your favourite bar?
We advise pouring your favourite dram, or better still, discovering a new one (see below), and signing up for the World Whisk(e)y Summit, very special event hosted by That Boutique-y Whisky Company, taking place tomorrow (16th May) at 7pm GMT.
Join the impressive line-up of whisky experts including distillers Nicole Austin (George Dickel Tennessee Bourbon Distillery), Patrick van Zuidam (Zuidam Distillery) and David Vitale (Starward Distillery); as well as some of our favourite writers including Dave Broom (The Whisky Manual), Becky Paskin (co-founder of Our Whisky), Kristianne Sherry (Master of Malt), Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison (Distilled and Straight Up) and Charlie McCarthy (All About The Cocktail). Given the credentials of the panellists, you can bet the two-and-a-half hour session will be informative but as there are also whisky-themed games on the menu, it promises to be informal as well.
UPDATE: The Zoom session is now sold out but you can follow all the action on the That Boutique-y Whisky Company Facebook Live page from 7pm (donations still apply!)
Looking for a new release for World Whisky Day? That Boutique-y Whisky Company have one for you: check out their World Whisky Blend (pictured above), made with craft distilleries from around the world. Available from Master of Malt.
Alternatively, it’s fastest fingers first for the limited-edition single cask 1994 25-Year-Old Island Malt from John Crabbie & Co, priced at £300 a pop. Only 247 bottles are available in the UK but trust us, they won’t be around for long. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Three whisky cocktails for cocktail lovers – courtesy of Daryl Haldane at Jura Whisky:
25ml Jura 10 Years Old
Plenty of ice cubes
Indian tonic water
Orange wheel to garnish
Fill a Copa glass with ice, pour over Jura whisky. Add the Aperol and top up with tonic water. Stir well to combine and garnish with an orange wheel.
Craighouse Rock (the Jura take on an Old Fashioned)
25ml Jura 12 Years Old
10ml Olorosso sherry
5ml crème de poire
5ml sugar syrup
Dash of chocolate bitters
Lemon twist to garnish
Pour whisky, sherry, sugar syrup and crème de pour into a mixing glass. Stir well over ice to combine and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with an ice block. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Jura Espresso Martini
25ml Jura 12 Years Old
10ml coffee liqueur
1 measure of fresh espresso
10ml sugar syrup
Coffee beans to garnish
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Double strain into a Martini glass and garnish with three coffee beans.