I have more food festival vibes on the blog today, The Skeffs Whiskey Tasting event! On Easter Sunday, I had another great Galway Food Festival event with the fabulous into the West blogger network crew like I mentioned in my previous post The Skeff Chocolate Heaven the fab ladies behind Into the West Blogger Network arranged a Fab Blogger collaboration with The Skeff, aren’t we very lucky bloggers!! This was The Skeffs very first whiskey tasting event and it went a little something like this!
We arrived at a fabulous set up in The Skeff with all of our Whiskeys all set up ready to taste! The Skeff bar houses 150 Whiskeys in their Whiskey vault! We had The experts Kevin and Amy on hand talking us through the tasting and explaining what we were tasting and sampling. I’ll admit I’m not a major Whiskey fan but I do appreciate the drink and all the time that goes into producing a bottle! I actually do find it interesting to try to pick up different smells and flavors apart from the alcohol!! This is a skill I’m working on 🙂 :). The guys kindly mentioned that adding a little water helps if any of us were finding the Whiskey Tasting a bit too strong…great tip!!
The Whiskey Tasting Selection
A little info on the Whiskeys, as I’m not an expert the skeff kindly provides all this information on their website Whiskey Bar .
- Jameson Castmates: The Jameson Castmates release is a unique whiskey that has been made with the help of Cork’s Franciscan Well brewery. Barrels that had been previously used for Jameson whiskey were taken to to use in the ageing of their full-bodied craft stout. Once used for beer maturation they were sent back to the distillery where Jameson whiskey that had already been aged was filled into them for a finishing period.
- Jameson Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. Black Barrel delivers the signature smoothness of Jameson Original, with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness, and sherry.
- Powers 12 Year Old John Lane
The Powers John’s Lane Distillery was renowned for its Pot Still Irish whiskeys, bursting with flavour and character. Single Pot Still whiskey is unique to Ireland in general and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork. Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still whiskeys are characterised by full, complex flavours and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel.
- Redbreast 12 Year Old
On the nose, it’s a mature fruit bowl (pears, brown bananas, strawberries) vanilla and cloves. On the palate, it has a thick texture, floral and creamy with burnt ginger cake. Overall, it’s rich and complex but still easy-drinking.
My Favourite one of the evening The Powers Johns lane release, surprised me as it was quite strong but I got a lovely Vanilla taste from it and I actually really enjoyed drinking this one, maybe it will be my new drink!! I enjoyed figuring out what I was tasting and what flavours I could identify.
When all the tasting and learning was over The Skeff treated us to a delicious spread with pulled pork. chicken caesar wraps spicy chicken skewers and delicious prawns!! We were so ready for some soakage after all of our Whiskey fun!! We had such a lovely evening and I think this is a great event idea for any group, apart from learning a little about whiskey and what exactly goes into producing a bottle we are also learning and appreciating an age old Irish Product that we are known for. I really enjoyed the experience and I found we were all chatting and comparing the different flavours and what we were tasting and what was our favourites so lots of fun!!
Thanks to The Skeff for the wonderful evening and my fave into the west blogger network for organising this great collaboration for us and to the amazing Julia Dunin for the always epic photos! Thanks for reading guys xx
The Beauty Kemple