|Marvellous malt whisky mixology.|
Clans and Drams - what's your whisky "clan"?Partial to a wee dram of "the water of life", but bewildered by the sheer diversity of Scotch whisky that's on offer? Well, Edinburgh's Scotch Malt Whisky Society might just have the answer. This May - as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014's Whisky Month - the Society is opening its doors to the public for a series of activities that aim to help people discover which "clan" of whisky they prefer.
Clans and Drams sets out to shake up preconceptions about Scotch that centre on regions or distillery brands, instead focusing purely on taste characteristics by categorising whiskies into 12 clans that include "spicy and sweet" and "deep, rich and dried fruits". Watch out for events throughout the coming month that will help you discover your own "Dram Clan", including a "Clan Whisky Feast" that explores how whisky can be paired with food; and "Clan Cocktails" which will guide punters through the enchanting cocktail mixology that can be applied to uisge beatha.
A full list of the events throughout Clans & Drams month can be found at www.smws.co.uk/clans&drams.
Paella partying at La Tasca
|Seriously big paella at La Tasca, Edinburgh.|
Well I have to say I had a very pleasant evening. The sangria flowed freely, and the guests that crowded into the airy basement - where the re-launch party took place - were treated to an impressive demonstration of how to cook paella - using the largest paella pan I have seen this side of Valencia. It wasn't all theatre, however, as the finished product also tasted very good. Having chatted to some of the Spanish and South American staff behind the restaurant, they certainly seem to be passionate about creating an authentic Spanish dining experience. I think I shall be heading back soon to sample more of what is on offer.