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Saturday, 12/May/2007

How To Enjoy An Islay Single Malt Whisky

While I'm not sure if Jim McEwan would approve of it I know that I'm enjoying it: Beethoven's Symphony No.6 conducted by Leonard Bernstein is playing, I'm eating some Côte d’Or Experiences 70% & Raspberries chocolate while drinking a wee dram of my Bruichladdich Valinch Islay Single Malt. Just because I can and feel like it. But for some advice from the expert try this:

Sip slooowly at room temperature, says Jim McEwan, managing director of the Bruichladdich distillery in Islay, Scotland. “It took 25 years to get it into that glass, and you’re going to drink it in one second? Take 25 minutes,” he says. “If it’s 15 years old, take 15 minutes.”

For more including how much water to add read How the Experts Eat (and drink). In regards to chocolate and whisky I'm not the only one enjoying them together:

Bertrand Espouy of Edinburgh's Plaisir du Chocolat is not a great fan of traditional chocolate and wine. He recommends sticking to a glass of cold still water or a cup of delicate Oolong tea - or even a cask-strength Islay malt whisky to cut through the richness.

I think ultimately the decision lies with you, do what you like and enjoy. Try suggestions from the experts but make your own decisions.



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