Last night I was fortunate to attend the Celebrate the Macallan event for the first time. It was a different setup to other tastings I’ve attended where all of the drams are laid out in front of you and it is a guided tasting. The venue was the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, and we have officially entered the rainy season, so standing outside in the cold rain was something we decided against and headed off for a quick bite to return 15 minutes later and the line was finally moving. Check-in moved along quickly and we were greeted with the 10y Fine Oak- my favorite for the night.
There were roughly 200 guests and what turned me off about the event was that since it was a free event, there was not as much attention paid to the speaker Eden Algie, The Macallan US Ambassador, as he deserved. Very charming, funny and knowledgeable. His love for the company he represents really shines through.
This is my typical gripe with free Scotch Whisky events, there is an element of some people who are ‘moochers’ for free booze and make it difficult for others to really learn with the background noise. Regardless- the presentation was light yet informative with just the right amount of background and history (which is not too much) for the type of event that it was.
In all there were 5 pours. I could be wrong, because again, the noise level from the back of the room made it hard to hear everything.The other whiskies poured were 12 yr, 15yr, 18 yr, and the Macallan 25yr. Also presented was the iceball machine. Video below. And a few “oohs and aaahs” from this Lalique bottle.
The Regency Ballroom 1290 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA
Upcoming SF dates:
Wednesday, 10/5/2011 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, 10/5/2011 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday, 10/6/2011 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 10/6/2011 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday, 10/7/2011 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, 10/7/2011 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
This Event Is open to everyone as long as your either registered or a guest.