Whisky/whiskey, scotch/rye? The Glenmore celebrates the great grain with a series of events as their annual Rye July returns in its second year – hey why go dry when you can go rye. We got invited to check out the 3rd in the series and lap up the goodness of Johnnie Walker and taste some delicious eats from the Glenmore Kitchen. Whisky; known even by monks as the ‘Water of Life’ – we’re going to be lapping it up.

Set in the Grand Dining room on level one, the night spread four Johnnie Walker favourites over a matched dinner with detailed explorations of the history of Whisky, the Johnnie Walker story and introduction on each style and flavour of the night from Diageo Ambassador, the ever affable and self proclaimed Whisky nerd Sean Baxter, turning even the least knowledgeable into a potential whisky connoisseur.

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Table set up for ‘Rye July’. The Glenmore team and Johnnie Walker have set up a table setting with copper stills, tasters, flavour conductors and more as Sean uses these and also the burnt wooden planks (from an oak barrel) on the table to talk attendees through the colouring and aging of the whiskys to flavour profiles and pairing.

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The Johnnie Walker Range – Black, Double Black, Gold Label Reserve, Platinum and blue.

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An interesting “Flavour Conductor” – this was a fresh green apple.

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First dish for the evening: Abalone Tuna Tartar, Avacado, black sesame, shallots, lotus root and yuzu soy

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Chargrilled Black Angus Sirloin, heirloom carrots, and a cheeky whisky béarnaise

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Crowd favourite for the night – A lush buttermilk panna cotta, mango salsa, wild lavender honey and raspberries accompanied by the sweet, honey tasting Gold Reserve.

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Delicious Johnnie Walker – Blue with blue, trinity cheddar blue. A pairing that works surprisingly well with the Johnnie Walker blue marrying with the complex and pungent notes in the cheese.

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Sean Baxter, the Johnnie Walker Whisky Ambassador with Jamie Fleming at the Glenmore Rye July Event.

Progressing through the evening from a Whisky Spritz, Johnnie Walker Double Black, Platinum and Gold Reserve to the esteemed Blue Label, Sean and fellow host, Jamie Fleming, delivered a relaxed night, leaving all those sober ‘Rye July’ friends of yours wishing they had opted for that golden ticket instead. Rye July will continue at the Glenmore til the 31st. To find out more about the next Rye July dinner at the Glenmore which is an American Whiskey Cocktail Masterclass and Canapes, click here.

Posted by Rachael Sparks – editor Bob
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