In lieu of International Scotch Day on February 8, #LoveScotch invited us to celebrate Scotland’s pride and joy at the not-so-hidden speakeasy The Curator Coffee and Cocktail.
We were given the privilege to sample some of the most noteworthy scotch whiskies ranging from single malts to blended scotch. Diageo Philippines brought over Ervin Trykowsky, Diageo’s youngest and most eccentric global ambassador for scotch whisky to host a master class on the history, craftsmanship, and 6 different types of scotch.
First at bat was a SINGLETON OF DUFFTOWN 12 YEAR OLD. Prior to taking a sip, Ervin taught us the three ways to analyze scotch whiskey. Step one: take a good, long whiff. At first nose, Raina and I thought the 12 year old Singleton smelled like sweet maple. Ervin explained that Dufftown’s signature smoothness is achieved by a combination of American and European oak casks from Speyside. The next step: check its color. Dufftown has a bright amber hue because it was made with fresh spring water. Finally, taste. Naturally, Raina and I chugged the whole glass and swished it. Ervin pointed out its easy smoothness, nutty, and fruity flavor.
Up next was TALISKER 10. Noted as the most award-winning malt in its class, it is the only malt bottled at 45.8% ABV. Talisker 10, according to Ervin, has a peat-smoke and sea-water saltiness nose because it originates from the coastal region of Skye. Its smell of fresh oysters reminds me of a wet, cold fisherman’s wharf. This particular blend has a darker shade of amber and has a citrus sweetness with a warming peppery aftertaste.
Our third blended scotch comes from the Scottish Highlands: DALWHINNIE DISTILLERS EDITION has a floral aroma and it has a moderate shade of amber. Dalwhinnie tastes like sweet sherry, spicy, and has a dry oaky finish from being matured in Oloroso casks.
Ervin’s personal favorite, JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL, is known as the benchmark for all scotch blends and the iconic scotch whiskey blend. Black Label has a heavier shade of amber hinting that it’s mixed with dark fruit and has a sweet nose due to the vanilla in its blend. Black Label is rich, complex, and well-balanced; its got that all-too-familiar smoky aftertaste we know and love.
Perfect for celebrations and scotch-based cocktails, JOHNNIE WALKER GOLD LABEL RESERVE, has a color similar to honey. Gold Label has a sweet and fruity nose highlighted by a gentle smokiness. Its velvety, deep, and oaky; it’s the perfect blend to clink to the good life. Slàinte!
Last but not least, we had JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL: the crème de la crème, rare blend from Speyside and Highland distilleries. Jim Beveridge (yes, that’s his real name), the master blender, selects from rare casks that contain mature, rich, fruity, delicate, multi-layer flavored, Malt Whiskies of which offer that unmistakable Johnnie Walker smoky taste.
The Curator served us some yummy Bacon and Cream Cheese (PHP 250) and Honey Grilled Cheese (PHP 280) to go with the whisky shots. Love!
Location: 134 Legaspi Corner Don Carlos Palanca Street, Inside Cyrano Wine Bar, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines
Monday to Friday: 7 AM to 7 PM
Saturday to Sunday: 7 AM to 1 AM
Contact Number: (+63 916) 355-4129