Friday, February 12, 2016

Scotch tasting event at KBPV well attended

Scotch expert Steve Firth
Toni Lucas

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) held a Scotch tasting event on Thursday evening, February 11. This was an evening of adventure in learning more about the drink, and how to truly appreciate its finer qualities. Taking close to 50 people on this journey of the palette was Steve Firth from Andrew Hilton Wines and Spirits in Lethbridge. Firth is also a member of the Lethbridge Scotch Society.

Firth taught the room how to appreciate scotch and had the attendees try six different types of scotch in a flight selection, moving from an entry level scotch to an investment scotch, in this case one that costs approximately $300 per bottle.

The evening's selections started with a 12 year old bottle of Aberfeldy, and finished with a 24 year old Signatory Vintage Bruichladdich. A more playful choice during the evening was a 20 year old Weymss Liquorice Spiral Glentauchers. Throughout the evening Frith educated the group on how to have the drink land on their tongue, what glassware to serve it in, and how to appreciate the legs of a scotch. Apparently the legs are on the inside of the glass, not under the kilt. The legs of the scotch were visible and well shaped, showing the sweetness of the vintage.

Firth showing the visible traits of the liquor including legs
Firth showed gentle humour and a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Born in Scotland, he has visited every one of the Scottish distilleries that have been open during his 25 years of being a scotch aficionado. He was a good hearted host for the evening, and a wide range of information was imparted. After the tasting there was the opportunity to purchase any of the sampled wares.

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