Friday, November 30, 2007

It Was A Very Good Night

The much anticipated Whiskey Dinner was a smashing success last night. Simon Brooking led an astounding tasting of six single malts. Guests were greeted with a cocktail of The Dalmore 12 with a mulled orange slice and ginger ale. The first course of Smoked Sea Scallop Mousse en Croute was paired with The Dalmore 21. To follow was Stillman's Dram with the North Atlantic Salmon Roulade - both melted in your mouth. Enter Laphroaig Quarter Cask, a single Islay malt, with its signature of peat and oak - just as the Braised Short Ribs with Polenta reached the tables. A sigh of contentment... But, there's more! The Dalmore Cigar Malt accompanied the Warm Apple & Walnut Tarlet and the assembled guests thought the night was complete. But, no... a bit of Winfrey's Dark Chocolate was passed with the final treat - a tasting of Laphroaig 30 year old single malt. It just don't get any better than this. New England Wine & Spirits put a great night together and many of the whiskeys tasted are currently available there - with more to come. Simon Brooking single-handedly provided a course in single malts - their history, their production and aging, and an understanding of their complexity. The Grog did itself proud as well, with General Manager Bill Nichelmann, Chef Patrick O'Neill and Sous Chef Matt Bradley ensuring a night that will be remembered. Yes, it was a very good night.

We raise our glasses!

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