I have an attachment – it’s golden, it’s warm, it’s everlasting. It’s the attachment I have to my to my Poppa. He’s not here now but I remember how he would stand at his kitchen bench sipping his whiskey from a special glass, describing the virtues of various brands. He even brewed his own for a while, in a genuine old oak barrel and would proudly say it was the best he’d ever tasted….that sounds like a Scotsman doesn’t it!
My mother told me, how he and my grandmother would stop on their way to Auckland, at a little hillside waterfall to collect the purest brook water for their wee dram. He came from Scotland, so of course the ‘wee dram’ is in my blood.
When I was invited to experience the smooth and delicate taste of the Auchentoshan American Oak single malt whisky, I was honoured to write and experience something that would reignite such a cherished memory and connect me with my heritage. Auchentoshan American Oak and its story has the depth of Scotland and Glasgow at its heart and I am proud to have inherited age old Scottish traditions from my poppa. He was just like whiskey to me – liquid gold.
But I’m part of a new breed of whisky drinkers. Those who still enjoy and appreciate a refined taste but look for a bit of an edge. Auchentoshan American Oak is exactly that. Refined, unique, served with a twist. It’s a smooth, delicate, premium pour – all sounds a bit like my taste in men actually! Lucky for me, this night was spent with my darling friends Vlad Tichen and Jaheb Barnett. Establishing themselves as Auckland’s most influential fashion bloggers, they too have crafted the refined, unique, premium look, embodying the qualities and nature of the whiskey and the Auchentoshan brand.
The experience, celebrated the individual signature serves created by three bartenders from top urban establishments The Lumsden, Britomart Country Club and MyBar. What was once reserved for an elite few, a new whiskey experience is making its mark as a modern ritualism. I had been a whiskey sour drinker for years so was already sold on the idea of a whiskey cocktail, but this night, Auchentoshan was served with various ales, – a completely new, yet surprising experience for me!
Bars across Auckland are introducing and pairing this beautiful whiskey with selected ales to create their own signature Auchentoshan and Ale serve.
Auchentoshan meets the Epic Static IPA, the Sparks Repetition and the Auguring Bones – Lazy Bones.
Auchentoshan shaken with sugar syrup, honey, sours and topped with Sawmill IPA.
Named the Auchy Ale, they served it with fresh lemon, sugar, topped with Urbanaut NZIPA
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