With one of the world’s most impressive whisky bars in-house, it’s fair to see we are fond of Scotland’s national drink at The Torridon and we like to help our guests get to know it better. In pursuit of broadening his education further, The Torridon’s Assistant Manager Ross Aitchison went on an interesting tasting in Edinburgh last week. Here is his report:
The day started with a tour of the world’s largest private whisky collection, 3500 whiskies comprising blends and single malts, purchased by Diageo from the Brazilian collector Clive Vidiz.
Our morning was then spent in the classroom, learning about the process of how whisky is made and the changeable factors that influence it.
During the afternoon session we were set various tasks, one being making our own blend of whisky, branding it and creating an advert. Some interesting and amusing branding ensued!
This was followed by a sensory perception test and a tutored tasting for all of the five different regions. Finally the day finished with an exam. I am pleased to say I passed with merit.
It was a great experience and I have taken a lot from the day. Expect more training and whisky tastings back at the hotel.