Glenlivet, the way to live it

Glenlivet, the way to live it
TGIF! It was yet another one of
those Fridays where I got a surprise to herald that impending weekend. Thank
Goodness It’s Friday.

A special invite from Glenlivet for
an immersive evening to pay tributes to their founder George Smith, at the unveiling
of the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, was what made my day, Friday, 6th
of November, 2015 and the location was the Regal Room at The Trident, Nariman
Point.

Glenlivet, the world’s no.2 Premium
Malt Whisky, was founded way back in 1824 in the remote Livet Valley, at the
heart of Scotland’s Speyside region. It has its distillery situated near
Ballindalloch in Moray, United Kingdom producing this single malt Scotch
whisky. The oldest legal distillery in the parish of Glenlivet, the identity of
this brand is “the single malt that started it all”.

George Smith started off his career as
a farmer used to having illicit stills. Founding the first legal distillery in
the parish in 1824, George Smith legalised the already famous illicit whisky
from Scotland and eventually went on to establish the brand as the best whisky
in the market.
Obtaining the exclusive right to be
called the Glenlivet in 1884 by a court ruling, George Smith’s single malt whisky
became the favourite whisky for enthusiasts throughout the British Empire by
the start of the 20th Century, and eventually becoming America’s
no.1 single malt, from the time of the end of the Prohibition in the United
States.

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
whisky was launched to pay tributes to George Smith. The exceptional character
of this spirit is apparent even before the cask ageing process begins, which is
the result of the unique lantern shaped pot stills used.
The skillful selection of the casks
enhances the fruity flavours of the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve with
traditional oak casks being contemplated by selective use of American
first-fill casks which gives it a hint of creamy sweetness, thus creating that exceptionally
well balanced and smooth malt.

The amazingly well balanced and
exceptionally smooth malt whisky is pale in colour, with delicate aromas of
citrus fruit, notably sweet orange. Having a finish feeling of long, creamy and
smooth, it leaves a sweet taste on the palate, with fruit notes of zesty
oranges and pears, with a hint of candy and toffee apples.

Starting off with the malt of the night,
the evening began on an entertaining note with Alex Robertson, global brand
ambassador for Glenlivet, introducing the new expression from the Glenlivet collection
as the ultimate tribute to George Smith’s original vision.

Pairing up with Alex, was the renowned
author Vikram Seth who enthralled the audience present by his witty anecdotes
and readings from his poems, all relating to whisky, much to  the amusement of the connoisseurs of the single
malt who split into laughter at each of his words.

The artistically and appealingly
done-up location added allure to the evening with the Josie’s Well and a magnificent
art gallery set up with pictures which symbolise and exemplify the brand’s rich
heritage.
The dinner menu that accompanied the
legacy tasting was as aesthetically crafted as the Founder’s choice and
appealed to our palate and appetite equally well.

Several other whisky from the
Glenlivet portfolio was on offer too as we aficionados were treated with the
Glenlivet 15 year old French Oak Reserve and the most elegant one, the Glenlivet 18 year old as well.

Our taste buds were being tested
well harmonised with the whisky on offer, starting off with Amuse guelle of
double cooked parmigiana regianno polenta, with balsamic candied fig, mixed in
Glenlivet nage paired with the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve.

As the Glenlivet 15YO was offered,
the food to be paired with it was the Salad of red beet, chevre center, with
caramalized walnut, avocado, cress greens in ligurian walnut oil.

The Glenlivet 18YO was paired with
the main course on offer to satisfy the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians
alike with a choice of Slow roast Castilla Y Leon valley Lamb in confit garlic
mash, Serrano chio, champsac and espelette nage or the Crisp skin grouper
served with spring vegetables in soy butter noisette and confit heirloom tomato
or the Trilogy of wild mushrooms, yellow foot chanterelles with mascarpone
risotto and boletus foam.

The dessert to end the evening was
equally amazing, the Pistachio dacquoise, gold pallet, with chestnut chiboust,
fresh strawberries and morello blueberry granite.

Not to forget the Kalamansi and
Glenlivet granite drink on offer between the starters and the main course.

With the Glenlivet Founder’s
Reserve, the Glenlivet’s perfectly balanced and fruity house style is skilfully
complimented with a creaminess and smoothness from the addition of first fill
American oak casks.

The bottling too is artistically
done to draw attention to the quality of the spirit inside, with the classic
and contemporary Georgian Blue carton packing featuring George Smith’s
signature.

As if demonstrating Glenlivet’s rich
provenance as “the single malt that started it all”, the Glenlivet signifier,
featuring the Packhorse Bridge the crosses the River Livet, appearing on the
bottle cartouche and the lid of the carton. 

This gives us the feeling of being in
Scotland as we sip in to the smoothness of the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve.

Images in this blog post, courtesy Monish Chandan and +Dharmesh Khatri 

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