April and May seem to be the months of whisky... Whiskyfair in Limburg, Glenfarclas Whisky Dinner, one of the annual tastings in the Griffins Business Lounge... and another whisky evening with some friends with the slogan "Caol Ila Whisky Dinner". One of us is an absolute Caol Ila fanatic, a good reason to make this distillery being the main topic of our evening. The distillery itself is not very spectacular, producing more than 6 million liters of alcohol, a distillery with the charm like any other production factory, just a few days ago I published a report about our visit in 2013. But they have good stuff, especially if you have a look on the ones from the independent bottlers.
So we put together a menu which should accompany the whiskys:
- Saltstone grilled prawns
- Bacon-wrapped camembert on a bed of rocket salad
- Blueberry venison burgers and country potatoes
- Raspberry pear crumble with vanilla ice
The first both courses, the prawns as well as the bacon-wrapped camembert, went very well with an 1982 Caol Ila and the Frisky Whisky, which is from 1983 and around 30 yo if I remember correctly.
While preparing the main course, consisting of some delicious blueberry venison burgers, the Port Askaig 25yo was poured in the glasses. An attractive alternative pricewise as it is considered to be a Caol Ila too... and a fantastic whisky... just wow! Then a bottling from Silver Seal. 31 yo. Another killer! In a 1.5 L bottle... very impressive. And tasty, but that goes without saying...
The ingredients for the burgers were definitely top notch: hand-picked blueberries and freshly ground venison that we got from a friend who's a hunter. For the topping a French brie which was melting away in your mouth... in combination with the pretzel bun it's a flavor explosion on the taste buds.
But that's not all... another one from 1982. Bottled by Coopers Choice for the Whiskyfair 2013. Yeah... that's really good stuff and a tasty dessert... well, dessert's the keyword, because we also had some dessert. Plankboxed raspberries and pears topped with some crumble served with vanilla ice... accompanied by a 30yo from Signatory, I think it's also distilled in the 80s.
The last one was bottled by Glenfahrn, 29 years old... and guess what: also distilled in 1982!
The summary of this evening is more than simple: good company, tasty food and an excellent line.up with most of the whiskys being distilled in the early 80s. That's how evenings like this should be...