What pairs well with a fine scotch whisky? More scotch. And crafts, of course. Last year we had the opportunity to attend The Balvenie’s Rare Craft Collection curated by Anthony Bourdain, which is a beautiful marriage of my favorite single malt scotch and hand craft artisans.
We enjoyed a dram of Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year while we viewed the sampled works from the Rare Craft Collection’s featured artisans: Megan O’Connell, a Letterpress from Michigan (www.saltandcedar.com), Elizabeth Brim, a Metalsmith from North Carolina, Sebastian Martorana, a Sculptor from Maryland (www.sebastianworks.com), Roland Murphy, a Watch Maker from Pennsylvania (www.rgmwatches.com), and Ian McDonald, a Cooper from Scotland (www.thebalvenie.com).
We then sampled Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 year, DoubleWood 17 year, and PortWood 21 year during a presentation by Balvenie representatives. They were lovely, but good ol’ 12 year will always be my favorite. We were given the Glencairn tasting glasses to keep as souvenirs, which we still use, as the shape is perfect for enjoying this spirit (not on the rocks, but neat, you filthy animal).
Do you have a favorite scotch whisky?