A Malaysian Blog about Food, Family and Friends – by Lyrical Lemongrass
We were invited to a tasting session of The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky at Carcosa Seri Negara yesterday, a highly appropriate venue for the well-heeled of KL to drive in with their fancy cars where they can carelessly chuck their Porsches by the side of the road for all and sundry to see. I’m not one to be in awe of wealth (we try to be thankful for whatever little we are blessed with *saintly look*), but in this case, I understand exactly how KY felt, being sandwiched between a Ferrari and a Porsche. Then again, I’m being too presumptuous here; KY probably enjoyed the ménage à trois.
Whisky. Did you know that The Balvenie is the only distillery that still grows its own barley, malts its own traditional floor maltings, and employs coopers to tend all the casks and a coppersmith to maintain the stills? At least some crafts aren’t dead, hallelujah.
To satiate our hunger before the tasting, we were treated to an amazing spread of smoked salmon, satay, shepherd’s pie, lamb shank, roast duck breast, pastas, potatoes, rice, noodles…endless! Eating outside under candlelight was pleasant but far from romantic. “The shepherd’s pie is quite good,” someone quipped. ”That’s not the shepherd’s pie lah….that’s the lamb shank,” said someone else. ”Hey, which one is the duck breast?” went another person. In Shakespeare-esque, this would be a comedy of errors. Not necessarily the funny sort. Of outstanding mention is the duck breast wrapped in some sort of cabbage (I couldn’t tell in the dark), and the smoked salmon (especially when one is used to the supermarket variety all one’s life).
Once seated inside, we were treated to a presentation by The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, David Mair, an affable man in a kilt, no less. Incidentally, I think men in kilts are yummy, Mr Mair. BUT, to show that I was concentrating, Mr Mair, these are some of the things that I learnt:
I blame Fatboybakes for distracting me. I strongly doubt that he was teacher’s pet in school (many MANY years ago).
Four glasses were placed before us:
Our pleasure is evident. Clockwise, from top left: KY, Tangechi aka Fatboybakes, Cumi and yours truly. Thank you, Marian Eu, for your kind invitation – it was such a pleasure to have finally met you, and thank you Single and Available (NOT a matchmaking agency) for having us.
The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be purchased at:
Single and Available
G21, Ground Floor
Bangsar Village Shopping Centre
1, Jalan Telawi 1
Bangsar Baru, KL.
Food, for me, is a means to an end and not an end in itself.
Food, for me, represents the love of family, the fellowship of friends, and the community and communality it brings.