When the invite for the #whiskysister evening arrived in my mailbox, my immediate reaction was, “You’ve got the wrong girl.” I’m not a big drinker. In fact, I hardly drink at all. The most I have is a wine spritzer at a braai on a Sunday afternoon which completely throws me off balance (read: tipsy). Most of my friends know that mixing my wine with diet Sprite or Coke is really the only way I enjoy it. Yeah, go ahead and judge me all you wine connoisseurs.
So whisky? At the age of 39, I had never even tasted it. But hey, there’s a first time for everything, right? So off I went.
In between plates of sushi and fresh segments of fruit and cheese slices, we were entertained/infotained by the Macallan whisky brand ambassador as to the history of whisky and the making of it which I must admit, I found quite fascinating. We finally moved on to the tasting. I was pleasantly surprised. It didn’t hit me in my chest as I suspected. It was actually even smoother when drops of water were added to each one.
As we sniffed and sipped and shared our experiences, it was interesting to hear that there is a growing trend among women who have started drinking whisky. Will I be among this growing number of women? Um… perhaps. Although I did hear that some women are choosing to mix their whisky with Appletizer. (secretly thinking that might be me.)
I’m glad to say that I can finally tick whisky tasting off my list and in fact, whisky has definitely been added to my list of great gift ideas for family & friends. I urge you to take a visit to the Whisky Brother shop in Hyde Park*, even if it’s to marvel at the beautiful bottles. And be sure to keep an eye out for more #whiskysister events!
Slainte. Here’s tae ye!