Learning to Blend Whisky at Bam-Bou with Chivas:
I did initially wonder why a rather special Asian restaurant in Fitzrovia would be running a Scottish whisky blending event. But of course, premium blended whisky is very popular in Japan and the Red Bar at Bam-Bou is home to a fine collection of Japanese whisky. According to Wiki, Japanese whisky originated in the Torii distillery, where Shinjiro Torii employed Masataka Taketsuru who had studied in Scotland with the whisky distillers there, to create the first Japanese whisky. And, that heritage means that Japanese whisky is closer to Scottish styles than Irish or American whiskey.
To complement the Red Room, Bam-bou have created a whisky blending pop-up where you can book to try your hand at the art of blending and learn from the experts what goes in to making the perfect blend. I went along for a preview event where we all had great fun trying our best to recreate the master blends of Chivas Regal.
The dramatic room was set with bottles of single malts – lowland, highland and speyside – and after tasting the Chivas regal blends we were invited to try our hand at making our own blends.
I’m quite a fan of peaty whisky. It’s probably because my father loved Laphroaig, a single malt from Islay, which is particularly noted for it’s peaty flavour. And I suspect that I was given tiny sips from an early age. So my blend was tailored to my own taste with a much larger measure of the peaty single malt on the table.
But part of the fun of this type of event is that everyone can make their own ‘perfect’ blend.
It’s a fun and informative evening out – blending experiences start at £30pp and include taking away your own blend of whisky and tasting the three Chivas Regal blends (12, 18 and 25 year old). The food at Bam-bou is worth trying and for an extra £10pp you’ll be provided with a range of snacks and nibbles, while for £100pp you can enjoy the full banqueting menu as well as the whisky blending and tasting experience.
For more information or to book, contact the events manager Georgina Davis on 020 7307 5786 or email email@example.com
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