The World of Whisky
Life in a rural village in the West Highlands rightly has the community at its heart and this involves all the individuals, groups and clubs that work to make the community what it is.
A couple of weeks back, a number of us had a fun evening with some great craic during the dinner for the Taynuilt Highland Games. For the last few years, I have enjoyed being on the committee that organise our Games and – alarmingly perhaps – I now appear to be the current Chairman !
Some of those on the committee worked on ideas for the evening’s format and the outcome was a great success. We approached two lovely friends to help put the event together ; firstly Clare Gilbert who produced a wonderful menu all beautifully presented on the night and secondly Deirdre Henderson who came up with a carefully selected list of single malt whisky options to go with the different courses of meal. I am not a regular when it comes to taking a dram and only have a vague notion of some of those “powerful peaty Islay malts”. Well, I am happy to report that I learned quite a bit from the whole experience and those others at the dinner who were also not die-hard whisky drinkers all had at least a sniff if not a taste or two of the different malts.
I think that in rounding this off, the best I can do is to layout the menu for you to feast your eyes on and to get your taste-buds going so please enjoy……
Smoked Trout & Lime Roulade
OBAN LITTLE BAY (Flavour led) West Highland Single Malt
Goats Cheese with Caramelised Apple & Walnuts / Puy Lentil & Bacon Soup
CAOL ILA 12 yr old Islay Single Malt
MIXED BERRY SORBET
DALWHINNIE D.E. secondary maturation in Oloroso Cask (Chilled)
Lamb Shank (slow cooked) with Lemon & Thyme / Baked Cod with Citrus Herb Crust
CRAGGANMORE 12 yr old Speyside Single Malt
Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse served with Crushed Roasted Coffee Beans
LAGAVULIN D.E. secondary maturation in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask
I HOPE THAT HAS WHETTED YOUR APPETITES TO TRY ANOTHER MALT OR TWO NEXT TIME IT’S OFFERED.
PERSONALLY, THE LAGAVULIN AFTER A MOUTHFUL OF THE MOUSSE WAS A REVELATION !