The Inaugural Whisky Dinner at St James's Street
Justerini & Brooks - 11 July 2017

We had a very special evening last month. Our first ever rare whisky dinner was held in our St. James’s Street private dining room.  We were also delighted to welcome Global Whisky Ambassador, Colin Dunn, to co-host the evening.  

Colin led a group of our private clients through an exciting line up of whiskies, paired to a delicious menu of specially selected Scottish fare prepared by our in-house chef. The idea of the evening was to do something a little bit different and so we chose to focus on Special Releases, the whisky range which is eagerly anticipated each November.

It was a very warm June evening, and we began in style with a delightfully refreshing Talisker 10 and ginger ale cocktail. The slight smokiness and signature sea-spray notes of the Talisker went perfectly with canapes of goats’ cheese with caramelised onion, and smoked salmon blinis. Our guests suitably refreshed and relaxed, we then made our way upstairs to the dining room for the main event.

The line-up of the evening.

The first course of scallops with shallot and wild garlic purée, crisp pancetta, toasted crumbs, and amaranth was paired to Glenkinchie 24 year old (the 2016 release). At 57.2% the alcohol was barely noticeable, and the lighter body was a brilliant way to start the meal. Whisky and seafood always pair well, and the slightly nutty notes of the Glenkinchie worked superbly with the pancetta and toasted crumbs. We then moved on to our second starter and whisky, which proved to be a match made in heaven - Arbroath smokie mousse with parsley oil and watercress, paired with a Lagavulin 12 year old (2016 release; 57.7%).  For those familiar with the outstanding Lagavulin 16 year old, it might come as a surprise that the 12 year old has just as much complexity but with a touch more power.