“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”
– James Joyce
El Gaucho Seattle has created two opportunities to find “an agreeable interlude” and experience the very best of The Macallan range of Scotch whiskies with brand ambassador, Kieron Elliot, on Wednesday, December 6th. Guests can choose to attend the VIP tasting, the 5 course dinner or both for a truly decadent evening.
The evening begins with a very limited VIP 1824 Masters Series Tasting at 6:00 pm. Guests will have the extremely rare opportunity to sample the Macallan Reflexion, No.6 and M. The tasting will feature deliciously paired appetizers including Foie Gras with cherry and chamomile, seared scallops and caviar, and smoked salmon with maple caraway crème fraiche. The Macallan Scotch Dinner begins at 7:00 and Executive Chef Jonathan Garcia has created a stunning menu designed to highlight five of Macallan’s finest whiskies including The Macallan Edition 3, The Macallan 18 year and the Rare Cask.
Kieron Elliot will guide guests through the tasting and share stories and insight into each of the featured pours. Elliot is former actor and comedian who brings his wealth of knowledge and quick wit to whiskey lovers. He enjoys sharing the Macallan history and flavor and presenting it with panache. Elliot will touch on the Six Pillars which are the foundation stones for the fame and character of The Macallan.
The Macallan Six Pillars
The Easter Elchies House was built in 1700 from locally quarried sandstone for Captain John Grant, and is a fine example of a Highland manor house. The 390-acre Macallan Estate lies in an area of natural beauty and is farmed sensitively, in harmony with the environment.
Curiously Small Stills
The Macallan’s Curiously Small Stills are amongst the smallest on Speyside. Their unique size and shape give the spirit maximum contact with the copper, helping to concentrate the ‘new make’ spirit and provide the rich, fruity, full-bodied flavors characteristic of The Macallan. There are fourteen of these spirit stills, crafted from copper, each holding an initial ‘charge’ of 3,900 liters. These stills are so famous that they have appeared on the back of a Bank of Scotland £10 banknote!
Macallan carefully selects the finest quality spirit from our stills to ensure the best single malt whisky. This finest cut ensures that they produce the signature viscous mouth-feel and fruity aroma and flavor. This small portion, or ‘cut’ is incredibly selective and one of the finest in the industry. It is primarily responsible for the full-bodied richness of The Macallan new make spirit. This clear colorless spirit is selected at just under 70% alcohol by volume. Distinctly robust and characterful this ‘new make’ spirit is the starting point for all Macallan.
Exceptional Oak Casks
The Macallan’s oak casks are the single greatest contributor to the outstanding quality, natural colors and distinctive aromas and flavors of The Macallan. In fact 80% of the flavor of a whisky is derived from the cask it is matured in. Because of this, The Macallan spends more per cask than any other distillery in sourcing, crafting, seasoning and caring for its casks. Spanish sherry seasoned oak casks deliver flavors and aromas of chocolate orange, dried fruits and spices; American sherry seasoned oak casks primarily provide sweet citrus, light spice, vanilla and light oak flavors and aromas; American bourbon seasoned oak barrels give flavors and aromas of sweet citrus, coconut and oak.
The Natural Color
The rich range of colors in The Macallan whiskies is drawn only from the wood of their exceptional oak casks
All color in The Macallan whiskies, bottled by the distillery, is natural. Only the interaction of the ‘new make’ spirit with the oak of the maturation casks delivers the rich and natural diversity of color throughout the range, from light oak through to darkest mahogany. These natural colors remain ‘fixed’, as opposed to artificial color which fades relatively quickly in bright sunlight. Great skill is required by the Whisky Maker to achieve consistency of natural color from bottling to bottling.
From place and production, to people and passion. The Macallan is the result of such defining mastery and intricacy, it is unmatched; peerless in each and every way.
Please join us on December 6th for a truly special evening. Guests may choose to attend either the VIP tasting, the 5 course dinner or both. Space is extremely limited so please RSVP soon. 206.728.1337 for reservations.