We got invited to a tasting menu dinner with whisky pairings by Diageo - the world's largest producer of spirits. The Mortlach whisky, famous for it's rich and powerful taste, has been off the market for a long while. Now, it is back, and that was to be celebrated at the newly opened hunting lodge at Løvenskiold shooting range outside Oslo.
We were welcomed as we entered by a familiar smile. One of our favorite bartenders, and certainly one of Norway's best, Jesper Høst was making cocktails. As always, an amazingly tasty and sexy looking drink was handed over by the well-dressed man. "The Beast" consists of the following:
During the evening we got to try three different Mortlach whiskys. The Rare Old, a sweet, fruity, floral and dry whisky. The 18-year-old, a bigger and bolder whisky with dark chocolate and burnt orange flavors, and a scent of coffee, nutmeg and tobacco leaf. Finally, the crown jewel, the 25-year-old, an elegant, sophisticated whisky with flavors of sweet fruits and Turkish delight and a scent of exotic spices and incense. All of them available at the wine monopoly, just follow the links. It is worth to notice the price tag on the latter, NOK 6000 for half a liter, and without doubt one the most expensive whisky we have tried.
Global Mortlach ambassador Georgie Bell, and Diageo Whisky ambassador Mikael Lundén were our hosts for the evening. The food was prepared by two chefs from brasserie Mats & Martin in Oslo. An excellent meal with only Mortlach whisky pairings to go with the food. Definitely not something we have tried before, and quite odd, but at the same time it worked out very well.
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