Luxurious and elegant, the Classic Malts Selection Lounge at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week in Jio Garden Mumbai was the place to be for bloggers, celebrities and fashionistas.
From its wooden décor, plush leather couches and great Scottish ambiance, to the large selection of world class malts that was on offer, it was a much sought-after place for unwinding and relaxation amidst the hurly-burly of what was happening outside.
Besides the exquisite single malts, world class cocktails and delectable food platters, guests were also entertained with a range of unforgettable experiences by Diageo’s Reserve Brand Ambassador Jamie Walker with curated malt tastings and mixology sessions.
We were introduced to a unique experience, in which Jamie presented many of Scotland’s finest, most famous and richly storied Single Malt Scotch Whiskies like Talisker, Cardhu, Singleton and Glenkinchie. Jamie explained to us the essential tools for understanding Whisky, telling us to explore our palates and understand our minds to understand how we enjoy these spirits
Nearly all of the taste of whisky comes from its contact with oak casks. Though every whisky has its peak maturation point, the general rule is: younger whisky has more distillery character, and the older whisky more cask influence. There is, however, much more to it than that.
The tasting session revealed the following information on the malts
Singleton of Glen Ord 12YO Single Malt: The only malt from the Black Isle, the Singleton of Glen Ord is a balance of gentle fruity notes and gingery, rich, sweet malt flavours. It has a soft, smooth texture, and is renowned for a pleasantly drying finish.
Talisker 10YO: The key malt that lends Johnnie Walker its smokiness, the Talisker 10 YO has a rich dried-fruit sweetness, which is perfectly complemented by its peppery, long finish. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper that gives this single malt an added depth of flavour, which is warming and intense.
Glenkinchie 12YO: This exquisitely crafted single malt is light, sweet, fresh and creamy, with hints of flowers and cut grass, underpinned by toasted malt and cheese cake notes.
Cardhu 12YO: This single malt has a smooth and well-balanced mouthfeel that lands a sweet and fresh short punch, which is followed by a pronounced drying effect, and has a lingering sweet smoke finish.
Spotted enjoying themselves at the Classic Malts Selection Lounge were designers, socialites, models, and bloggers too. The energetic vibe of the lounge was appreciated by all!
A great experience at the Longue