As advent calendars begin to open and Michael Bublé emerges from his dusty pile of CDs in the spare room, there’s nothing quite like a classic whisky cocktail to ring in the season.
Hailed as one of the most sustaining and versatile classics, an Old Fashioned is our real go to for a nighttime tipple round the fire with the family. Although annoyingly hard to capture the complexities and nuances of a well made Old Fashioned on camera, the world of drinkstagram loves to experiment with this simple but profound tipple.
We were delighted to be invited to a special Old Fashioned Masterclass a few weeks ago with special guest judges Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley from ‘World’s Best Spirits’, hosted by Glen Moray, surrounded by fellow drinks passionistas and whisky buffs.
Arriving to a table overflowing with a multitude of sugars, bitters and, of course, delicious varietals of Glen Moray, we had a great night literally laid out in front of us! Given free reign to present the two judges with an interpretation of the Old Fashioned using the tabled ingredients, we were let loose in a whirlwind of bloggers and booze, and, to our surprise, we won! 🙂
The winning Old Fashioned variation we created was a Penicillin twist using Glen Moray Peated, Ginger Bitters and lemon oil, although we had great fun constructing a Black Walnut Bitters and maple syrup old fashioned and many many more (our memories get a bit blurry after the fourth or fifth…)
Post event, we wanted to continue to play around with this beautifully balanced whisky, with further experimentation with Glen Moray Elgin Classic including fat washing some with peanut butter and toasted sesame oil before mixing with a Strawberry and lime zest Oleo Saccharum and expressed orange peel to make a tasty PB+J sandwich old fashioned.
However, as fun as this experimentation was, we still think that the true beauty of this whisky lies in enjoying it neat or on the rocks, simple and classic. It has a well rounded character and smooth, long-lasting finish, with a soft acidity and tasting notes of fresh green apple and lemon.
Our favourite of the Glen Moray varieties was quite surprising. As we tend to find some peated whiskys too smoky on occasion, the Peated Glen Moray was really, REALLY good! It’s hard to quite describe the nuances that exist in this spirit but needless to say that the creamy vanilla sweetness that cut through the peat smoke created a very tasty beverage.
It’s safe to say that we have found ourselves a new favourite brand, and one that we’ll be knocking back in a ton of Whisky Macs, Penicillins, Hot Toddys and (naturally) Old Fashioneds this Xmas!
Spoil yourselves with a bottle to share with loved ones this Christmas – you won’t be disappointed we promise!