Organised by M. Demajo (Wines & Spirits) Ltd., the event took guests on a single malt experience in the space of one evening, through three different rooms at the Intercontinental. The guests were treated to a lecture by Ewan Gunn, one which invited discussion about the process, the flavours and the nature of single malts. Dining in the second room, guests were then led into the third – a space that allowed them to go on a journey of flavour through 6 different single malts. Starting with the softest then gaining momentum, they experienced each one under Ewan’s professional guidance.
Ewan explains, so the way we react to a blend depends on the kind of emotions it summons. Even the way it is taken depends on the subjective preference – “there is no wrong way to drink whisky.” In his case, Ewan prefers adding “a splash of water because it opens up the true whisky, making the flavours more pronounced.” When it comes to food, there are so many “weird and wonderful ways” to enjoy it. Oysters with the single malt Talisker or crème brûlée with Dalwhinnie served ice cold from the freezer.
All staff members of M. Demajo Wines and Spirits Ltd were last month treated to a weekend break in Sicily. The management of the company took their team to thank them for the outstanding results achieved in 2012, as well as to reinforce the current restructuring of the company through a team-building exercise. The highlight of the trip was a visit to one of the company’s principals in Marsala – The Carlo Pellegrino Winery. The team was welcomed at the winery’s historical cellars by Massimo Bellina, the export manager who captivated the audience by recounting the history of the company dating back to the 1880s. Explaining how Marsala wine achieved its fame, largely thanks to the Brits, he recounted how the company was founded by a notary, Carlo Pellegrino, who had a strong passion for grape growing.