Spirits Confidential – A tasting of Beam‘s world-renown spirits and whiskeys
“World peace thro’ whisky one dram at a time”…If this was to hold true, the Evergreen Brick Works had to be the most peaceful place on Earth last June 26th. Beam’s Master Distillers and Ambassadors treated the fortunate to an exclusive tasting of 2000 years worth of heritage and craftsmanship. The stars of the night were the unique marquees and the iconic spirit brands, accompanied by the secrets and confidential stories that one might expect from the Beam’s Masters.
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The brick and old beam atmosphere at the Brick Works was the perfect backdrop for sampling such Gems as L’Essence de Courvoisier, the 25 year old Laphroaig, the Macallan Sienna and the 18 year old Highland Park. The quality of the spirits was complemented by the deep knowledge of the Master Distillers and Ambassadors, which made the experience even more gratifying and exclusive. Some of the notable masters present were: Fred Noe, great grandson of Jim Beam, Dan Volway, Highland Park Brand Ambassador, Marc Laverdiere, Macallan Brand Ambassador, and Patric Pinet, Courvoisier Master Blender. The show was stolen though by Simon Brooking, Scotch Master Ambassador as he dazzled the crowd with his Scottish stories (of course whisky related) and his traditional quilt.
Besides the tasting and drinking, the night was full of entertainment and delicious treats. Guests were greeted at the door by the Gourmet Bitches food truck (poutine with coconut, chive and mushroom infused with Cruzan Rum was at the top of the list), then welcomed by two very beautiful aerial contortionists hanging from the ceiling. Further along, a bull-riding machine waited for the brave few who rode to claim a much-desired bottle of Beam’s Red Tag. The hot ticket of the night was, by far, the hand dipping in hot red wax of the Maker’s Mark bottles (full of sweet bourbon) that everyone later took home.
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