Last night, LA Magazine held its first Whiskey Festival at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. With over a dozen distillers including Balvenie, Four Roses, Glenmorangie, Kikori, it was quite an opportunity to try some really incredible whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and rye.
The highlights for me was Bruichladdich’s Octomore and Ardbeg’s Corryvreckan, both Islay Scotch whisky with strong, smokey, peety taste. I also tried a really interesting bourbon-barrel aged 14 year Scotch from Glenfiddich.
There was even some decent food, which was a good thing, as one could very easily reach a state of inebriation without something of substance in ones stomach.
The event upped the class with a great live band and hand-rolled cigars for the guests.
The guests were happy, and the lines moved quick. The event capped ticket sales at the exact right level, not too crowded, and not too sparse. All in all, I was very happy with Whiskey Festival, and with the Balvenie that I chose as my final spirit of the evening.