Invite your friends over for a night of entertainment... Scotland-style. This party theme was inspired by a fabulous Macallan tasting I attended on Tuesday. The event was hosted by the charismatic and knowledgeable Graeme Russell, brand ambassador for The Macallan.
Try a free printable invitation like the one below. Click here to download and customize a free invite. And don't forget to ask each guest to bring along a bottle of whisky.
SETTING THE SCENE
Low lighting and dark decorative elements are the goal here. Nothing frilly people, please. Maybe a few unscented candles, but no fragrant flowers; nobody wants overwhelming scents to influence their dram-sniffing now, do they? Try this succulent centerpiece instead. Fill a couple of vases halfway with rice, dark rocks or marbles above, and succulents planted in the top. These vases would work great.
The best way to enjoy whisky on the rocks is with a single large piece of ice. If you really want to impress your friends, have some ice balls on hand - the Macallan ice ball machine costs a mere $1100. Click here to see a video of the ice ball machine in action. I saw it the other night... AMAZING. [Mr. Russell told me that Stoddard's in Boston has one of these machines on hand if you'd like to watch the magic in person.]
And if you don't have $1100 laying around, then try these ice sphere molds which will only set you back $6.
If you prefer your whisky neat, make sure you consume it in a snifter-style glass. The shape allows you to swirl the spirit and gather the aromas around the rim.
You could also opt to have a set of double-walled glasses on hand in case any of your guests prefer to add ginger ale.
I'm no expert in this field, so I'll direct you to Malt Madness for a comprehensive overview about how to taste this type of spirit.
Hope you decide to host your own whisky tasting, let me know if you do! Tune in to Design Fixation tomorrow for some interesting street art. As they say in Scotland.... slainte mhath!
*Love a good cocktail? Check out Mike's article on gin right here.
Images courtesy of Whisky Book, Anna Skye via I-Do-It-Yourself, Kaleidoscope, Notcot, and Amazon respectively.