The Terroir Of Scotch Tasting

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Join us at Downtown Spirits for a seated tasting and discussion on the terroir of Scotch with Michelle Fedor, National Brand Ambassador for Bruichladdich & The Botanist.

Terroir means ‘a sense of place’. It is: “a concept that encompasses the influence and inter-action of soil, sub-soil, exposure, orientation, climate and micro-climate on the growing of a plant.” It illuminates everything; it assumes that the land imparts a unique quality to the grain that grows on a particular site.

Specifically we’ll talk about – and taste – how the unique characteristics of Scotland, and Islay, influence what we taste in Scotch. The whisky industry has historically shown little interest in the provenance of the barley it uses. The law says that Scotch whisky has to be distilled in Scotland, but it does not require the barley to be Scottish. Much of it isn’t. At Bruichladdich, 100% of the barley distilled is Scottish, and around a quarter of their Scottish barley comes from Islay.

We’ll start with a taste of the exceptional Botanist gin, then move through our tasting flight of:

“The Classic Laddie” (Scottish Barley)
Islay Barley
Port Charlotte, Scottish Barley
Port Charlotte, Islay Barley

And finish with a taste of one of the world’s most unique Scotches, Octomore.

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By: Downtown Spirits

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