Glenfid-DICK. That’s how you say it. If nothing else, that pronunciation lesson alone was worth the trip to this event. However, as with any event hosted by Alex, the Yelp community manager (Sacramento), the Glenfiddich Scotch Tasting at the Citizen Hotel was nothing short of classy and amazing. The location was the perfect setting…the mezzanine above and surrounding the reception desk of the hotel was oddly intimate. The plush carpeting and dark walls added to the smoking lounge feel, and the tables were set beautifully with platters of meats and cheeses, and tumblers filled with single drams of the four whiskeys we would taste. A tall glass of water and a surprising addition of a medicine dropper rounded out each place setting.A medicine dropper? Yes. Very necessary. Because that’s how you add water to whiskey. With a medicine dropper. And yes, it is now a part of my whiskey tasting accoutrements, accompanying me on my nights out, discretely couched within its plastic sleeve, ready to be whipped out for a quick addition of the perfect amount of water to my dram of whiskey.
We tasted aged single malt whiskeys, from 12 years up to 21, and as the age progressed, so did the amount of water that got added to my whiskey to make it palatable for my sensitive throat. Water cuts the burn, y’all! They were all delicious, but I found myself partial to the 12 year old.
The Glenfiddich rep, Mitch, was appropriately irreverant and unintelligible, as per his scottish heritage, and exceedingly funny. After the tutorial, he visited all the tables and answered a few more questions, some of which were influenced heavily by the amount of whiskey imbibed earlier, leading to some amusing conversations around our table.
It was all over much too soon, within an hour, but of course, the party was just getting started for my table mates….I however, was a good girl and went straight home.
Thanks, Yelp and Alex, for another delicously extravagant experience.
The Citizen Hotel
926 J St
Sacramento, CA 95814