On Tuesday night after casting our votes and putting the tumult of the political world out of our minds, we gathered at our favorite local spot in Redwood City (Donato Enoteca) for a whisky tasting with Bruichladdich distillery. The event had long been sold out and people were excited to get their seat early, especially considering the boys from Remy were pouring Bruichladdich Botanist gin and tonics to start and passing out a bevy of savory appetizers.
Rather than eat throughout the course of the night, we pulled an audible. We set up a buffet style table in the rear corner and let everyone first fortify their foundations against the onslaught of Islay whisky that awaited them. Delicious ravioli, chicken, beef, and a number of other Donato classics awaited the group. They were teased and tormented, however, by the tasting already set in place before them. A first glimpse of the upcoming Port Charlotte 10 year, Octomore 10 year, the return of the fan favorite Laddie 10, plus the core range and Black Art editions. It was a serious selection. The Remy team had flown out samples just for this event.
I was most excited, however, to introduce the man of the hour: Adam Hannett, Bruichladdich's new head distiller and one of the nicest guys I've met during my time in this business. It didn't take long for Adam to win everyone over. His kindness and enthusiasm are contagious, so grabbed my camera, sat back, and let him lead the way forward. Many thanks to Adam, Bruichladdich, and the whole team from Remy for making this one of the most impressive whisky dinners we've ever thrown. Hopefully we can squeeze more whisky drinkers in next time around!