Two jokes about Scottish frugality, as told by The Balvenie Brand Ambassador:
- What’s the difference between a Scotsman and a canoe? The canoe tips occasionally.
- What’s the difference between a Scotsman and a coconut? There’s a chance of getting a drink out of a coconut
I never realized Scotland’s reputation as a land of thriftiness until I started drinking Scotch whisky (alot of jokes are told after a few drams afterall). The Scots may be a thrifty lot, but let me tell you, when they invite you to taste their whisky, they are incredibly generous. Numerous pours of fantastic whisky and a full course meal. What more could you ask for?
On Thursday, September 29th, Swag Master Rick and I attended an event called The Balvenie Rare Craft Roadshow at The Palm Restaurant in Philadelphia. Here is what The Balvenie has to say about their celebration of Rare Crafts:
Whether you’re an artist, a mechanic, or a chef, it’s the craft that makes the difference. True craftsmanship takes skill and patience, but the results are always worth it.
The Balvenie Roadshow is a celebration of rare craftsmanship across America. We’re on a cross-country road trip to honor the talented people who keep traditional methods alive, sharing some of our whisky along the way.
We make whisky the way we always have, never compromising our sacred traditions. The unique character of Balvenie single malts is owed to our Five Rare Crafts: home grown barley, our own floor maltings, our own coppersmith, an on-site cooperage, and our Malt Master David Stewart (the longest serving Malt Master in the industry).
The Philadelphia event that we attended was scheduled to run from 6PM to 9PM. There was a cocktail hour for the first hour, a whisky tasting led by Andrew Weir (The Balvenie’s Brand Ambassador) for the second hour, and a buffet dinner for the final hour. Here is a list of food and drinks that were served:
- Appetizers and Cocktails: Gin and Tonics made with Hendrick’s Gin. Shrimp Cocktail (they were HUGE!). Mushrooms stuffed with lump crab meat. Spring Rolls. And much more!
- Whisky Tasting: DoubleWood 12, Single Barrel 15, Peated Cask 17, Caribben Cask 14, PortWood 21, and The Balvenie 30.
- Buffet Dinner: Two kinds of pasta. Hand carved tenderloin of beef. Mashed potatoes. String beans. Cured meats. Roasted vegetables. Chicken parm sliders. There were a few other dishes served that I can’t remember. I’m sure Rick will refresh my memory.
I wish I could go into greater detail about the evening, but after having six generous pours of whiskies and a Gin and Tonic, all of the details are a bit murky. What I CAN tell you is that we had an excellent night! We spoke with several representatives from William Grant & Sons (they own The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Hendricks Gin, etc.), ate some great food, listened to a very informative and entertaining presentation by Mr. Weir, drank some wonderful whisky, and even met a fellow blogger (Matt of Whiskey Goldmine). My only regret is not having enough time to really explore the whiskies (the 21 and 30 year old expressions were particularly beguiling, and The Peated Cask and the Single Barrel are definitely going on my Christmas list).
Thanks again to Andrew Weir and David Kent of William Grant for the invitation!