The Glenlivet: Springtime Surprise
Kassey and I headed over to Delectable by Su at The Glasshouse @ Seputeh in Kuala Lumpur on 25 August 2016 for The Glenlivet: Springtime Surprise. Now this was my third Glenlivet Guardians event after “A British Affair” at Jarrod & Rawlin, and “Comfort” at Li Restaurant so I was quite looking forward to see what they had in store for us this time!
Delectable by Su is a little cafe located in The Glasshouse @ Seputeh which is regularly used for many corporate functions and product launches. In fact, if I’m early to an event there, I normally pop up to Delectable to get a nice hot cup of coffee and get some work done on my laptop first so this little cafe was quite familiar to me. They are known for their cute and innovative desserts as well as cookies which are incredibly addictive and dare I say – even better than the cookies from Famous Amos!
This time round, the pairings of The Glenlivet were to be with desserts! I’m not much of a sweet tooth but fortunately for me the desserts were not too sweet. The girls though, were in dessert heaven!
Lemon meringue, strawberry and blueberry tartlets paired with The Glenlivet 12 Years Old
Mini fruit tarts that each tasted different when paired with the whisky. Quite intriguing indeed!
The Glenlivet 12 is Glenlivet’s signature style, with the classic malt matured primarily ex-American Oak casks. These impart notes of vanilla and give the whisky its distinctive smoothness. The mineral-rich water that comes from Josie’s Well helps form the flavours during mashing and fermentation, whilst the specific height and width of the copper stills add a delicate yet complex character.
Colour: Bright, vibrant gold
Nose: Fruity and summery
Palate: Well balanced and fruity, with strong pineapple notes
Finish: Creamy, smooth, with marzipan and fresh hazelnuts
Enjoy with Seared scallops
Mini serving of “Popcorn Avalanche” paired with The Glenlivet 15 Years Old
Warm brownie, salted caramel, a scoop of ice cream and covered in freshly popped caramel corn. Whisky to be drank separately or added to the dessert cup. Needless to say, I added the whisky to the dessert cup, soaking the brownie in it which made it even better!
The 15 Year Old gets its distinctive rich and exotic character from a process of selective maturation in which a proportion of the spirit is matured in French oak casks. Glenlivet was one of the first whisky distillers to use French oak for making whisky, a technique that has since been imitated the world over.
The Limousin oak used is cut in France’s Dordogne region, where it’s often used to mature cognacs. Its low density allows whisky to sink deep into the wood, and Glenlivet carefully controlled how long the whisky matures in the casks so as not to overpower the desired result: a unique, pleasing spiciness.
This process increases the intensity of the whisky, creating a rich, creamy finish, with buttery notes. The 15 Year Old is deep gold in colour, and leaves behind traces of sweet almond and spice.
Colour: Deep, intense gold
Nose: Creamy, rich, buttery
Palate: Fruit and nut
Finish: Lingering, sweet almond and spice
Enjoy with Full-flavoured venison dishes
Two (2) Truffles in Dark Chocolate ganache infused with The Glenlivet 18 Years Old and paired with The Glenlivet 18 Years Old
One truffle to be eaten as is, and one to be placed into a cup of hot milk and stirred into a hot chocolate drink. We even added more whisky to the hot chocolate spiking it! The spicy and complex flavours of the whisky added real depth to the hot chocolate making it quite unlike anything I’ve ever had before. A really nice heartwarming end to the meal.
Over the course of 18 years, The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller, Alan Winchester, took this expression through a combination of cask types, including both first and second-fill American oak (for tropical fruitiness) and ex-sherry oak (for spicy complexity). The result of this is a gorgeous single malt that is complex, yet elegant and balanced.
Colour: Old gold, apricot
Nose: Rich fruit, toffee
Palate: Balanced, bursts of sweet orange
Finish: Long, with raisins and spice
Enjoy with Fillet mignon and foie gras
More info at https://www.theglenlivet.com