Last week Cask Trade HK hosted a fantastic and insightful whisky tasting event at Tanner De Witt.
Sales Director John Wong and Exec Alan NG were in their element as they delved deep into the whiskies’ histories and presented their knowledge on a variety of Speyside expressions, explaining to guests the joys and opportunities of cask ownership. Attendees were treated to some delicious drinks, including the ‘Talisker with a twist Highball’ and drams of ‘Ancient’ and ‘Modern’ Talisker.
A pair of delightful cask samples drawn from 2008 Glen Moray and Linkwood casks, followed by a classic eight-year-old Glen Moray bottled in the 1990s. A 1994 Secret Speyside matured in a sherry puncheon was the last dram featured in the tantalising tasting line-up.
Following the success of the event there is already talk of another one due to popular request, so watch this space…
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Whisky & Biltong Evening with The Hebrew Order of David Barmitzvah Project
Last Sunday, September 5th the Masters teamed up with the Hebrew Order of David Barmitzvah Project at the lavish Hartsbourne Country Park to host an evening of whisky tasting and biltong – truly a match made in heaven…
The event featured a decadent spread of shawarma and salads, as well as a guest appearance from England Cricket Legend Graham Gooch. The tasting itself consisted of a variety of four very different Cask Strength single malt Whiskies and was expertly lead by Cask Trade’s Brand Executive Phil Huckle, who guided the guests on a journey of Whisky Discovery.
Attendees were treated to a dram of a Glen Moray 12-year-old, a Royal Brackla 14-year-old, a 10-year Armore, and a 13-year Orkney Islands single malt, all of which were sampled along with a side of humour as Phil entertained and educated the crowd.
MD Simon was at the helm of the charity auction, allocating a variety of exciting prizes to the highest bidder. Cask Trade donated a few prizes that the team really wished they could bid for themselves, including a guided Whisky and Cheese pairing night for six guests in our Regent Street tasting room, a bottle of delicious 27-year-old Glen Garioch, and a divine 25-year-old Mortlach.
A special thank you to Masters Jess Simmons and Joel Luumi who helped keep the whisky flowing throughout the evening and to organiser Laurence Gishen. Slàinte!
It was our pleasure last Friday to welcome some new customers to our tasting room at Cask Trade HQ. As lockdown is slowly easing this is something that we love to do. At the end of the day, we are all whisky enthusiasts here!
We take any opportunity we have to share our passion and consume some high-quality Single Malt Scotch of course! Whisky actually pairs very well with cheese. Therefore, a quick trip to the local delicatessen (many advantages to having Mayfair and Soho on your doorstep) saw five kinds of cheese matched with five delicious single cask bottlings.
In no particular order, we enjoyed whisky from Ardmore paired with Gorgonzola, Glen Moray with stilton, Glenrothes with brie and Royal Brackla paired with Cornish Yarg and mature cheddar. We then finished off with a very special 23-year-old Sherry Cask bottling from the wonderful Speyside Distillery. (Thanks again Simon!).
A very memorable evening was had by all and finally a special thank you to our customers for attending and our Cask Trade hosts Simon, Jess & Phil.
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Perhaps seen as an unlikely pairing, when combined they complement each other perfectly – just ask the Masters, who hosted a delightful evening sampling some fine rums and rather decadent cheeses.
The line-up consisted of an eclectic mix from around the world; Chaource paired with Guyana Diamond (Port Mourant Still) 11 YO; truffled brie with Jamaican Clarendon Estate 13 YO; Mrs. Bell’s Blue with a Nicaragua 17 YO chaser and Barbadian Foursquare 12 YO paired with a french comté. There were also some bonus rums on the menu including Foursquare Principia and a Dictado 38-year-old
A good time was certainly enjoyed by all!
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On Monday 7th October, we officially launched Cask Trade Ltd. with a brief presentation on what we do and why, by Simon Aron, the managing director.
Followed by a superb cask strength whisky tasting led by none other than the godfather of whisky – Charles Maclean and Sir Colin Hampden-White, Keeper of the Quaich and one of Cask Trade’s directors.
We sampled 6 cask strength whiskies that we had specially drawn out of casks currently on our stocklist. It was a rare opportunity to taste them with the guidance of some of the most respected whisky experts!
Glenlivet 1978, 40 years, bourbon hogshead, 41.7%
Aberlour 1989, 26 years, bourbon hogshead, 51.1%
Glen Moray 2008, 10 years, bourbon barrel, 57.1%
Fettercairn 2008, 10 years, bourbon barrel, 56.6%
North British 2006, 12 years, sherry cask finish, 59.9% (10 years bourbon, 2 years sherry)
Bunnahabhain 2009, 10 years, 1st fill Oloroso sherry butt, 56.2%
We talked about alternative investment, specifically in casks of whisky and possible exit strategies. Furthermore, about Simon’s personal journey of collecting and investing himself and what eventually led him to creating Cask Trade – a honest and global marketplace in this business!
Soon, you will be able to watch the full presentation and whisky tasting. As well as read more on cask investment and Charles’ tasting notes.
We are excited to be a part of the Whisky Life Festival in Prague this year! Organised in the beautiful New Town Hall right in the heart of the city on the 1st – 2nd of November.
We will have a little booth, samples of cask strength whisky and James with Leo would love to chat to anybody interested about what we do! 🙂
And the big advantage? We will have both Czech and English speaking representatives!
This is an event not to be missed. Billy Walker will be there, brand ambassadors from Springbank, Glenmorangie, Ardberg, Kilkerran, and many more. We will definitely be attending a masterclass tasting led by one of these experts!
Let us know if you’re coming and we’ll save a a sample of something special!
Can’t make it to Prague? We will be in Rotterdam on the 19th and 20th of October at the WhiskyBase gathering.
In October, James and Lee will get on an overnight train from London to Rotterdam and attend the WhiskyBase gathering. They are excited to meet up with “fellow whisky maniacs”. 🙂
They also can’t wait to sample some of the 2000 bottles that are expected to be open between the 60 exhibitors from all around the world. If you’re from The Netherlands or close by, plan a trip and meet up with them to chat whisky!
The team will be there all-day Saturday and Sunday. Over the course of the fair, we’re very much looking forward to meeting with existing clients, sampling the vast range of whiskies on offer, and hopefully meeting new faces!
If you’d like to contact us and meet up, please call us on + (0) 44 203 746 3034 or message us.
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