Whisky: The Art of Blending at Justerini & Brooks

Whisky: The Art of Blending at Justerini & Brooks

Tuesday 19th June 2018
by Tod Bradbury

Last month, Justerini & Brooks welcomed the Master Blender of Johnnie Walker, Jim Beverage, to 61 St James’s for a Signature Blend experience. 

As part of the Justerini & Brooks whisky offering, clients have access to not only rare, one-off bottlings and casks but also the opportunity to create completely unique and bespoke blends. As Justerinis’ whisky specialist, I am often hot-footing it across the globe, introducing clients to the joys of this golden liquid, so I was delighted to be a little closer to home last month, ready to sniff, swirl and sample an exquisite selection of whiskies that would make up a totally bespoke blend. Joined by Jim Beverage, Stuart Morrison & George Harper, from Diageo’s Whisky Specialist Team, the fortunate clients set about creating a own unique Johnnie Walker blend tailored to their exact taste. 

As guests arrived, the sun-kissed dining room at St James Street filled with energy and excitement. Jim, Stuart & George introduced our clients to the varieties of whisky on offer; the multiple flavour styles, ages, and finishes, which included rare, highly-aged examples and, in some cases, whisky from closed or ‘silent’ distilleries.

A Burgundy Tasting: Burgfest 2015

A Burgundy Tasting: Burgfest 2015

Friday 15th June 2018
by Giles Burke-Gaffney

At the end of May the Burgfest team, an 11-strong group comprising a mix of burgundy specialist journalists and merchants, gathered at the tranquil Hameau de Barboron in the forest above Savigny-Les-Beaune to taste the great white crus of Burgundy from the 2015 vintage.  

We braved our wild boar-infested surroundings and knuckled down to taste 235 white burgundies blind over four mornings. The wines were organised in flights by village and then by vineyard or vineyard style, ranging from four to nine wines each.  The line-up was pretty mouth-watering:  tranches of Grand Cru Chablis, Meursault Perrieres, Chassagne Caillerets and Puligny Folatieres were just a few courses on a very appetising menu that was to culminate with nine Chevalier Montrachets and four Montrachets at the end of the last morning.  This was an unparalleled and unmissable opportunity to taste the great whites of Burgundy side by side, and what a thrill it ended up being.  Herewith my own personal thoughts on the wines.

A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

A Wine Grower Dinner with Drouhin’s Christophe Thomas

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
by Alasdair Lawson-Dick

Fifty eight Burgundy fans descended on top St Andrews restaurant The Adamson for our recent Joseph Drouhin Wine Dinner.

As the early evening sun went down guests enjoyed a glass of Justerini & Brooks Sarcey Brut Private Cuvee, while our speaker from Drouhin, Christophe Thomas, was introduced. Two white wines accompanied East Neuk Crab: a surprisingly rich and textured St Aubin and a more stately and complex Puligny Montrachet – both from the attractive 2014 vintage.

A rare rack of lamb followed and many guests proclaimed the fourth wine, a Chambolle Musigny 2014, as the wine of the evening.  Proceeded by a delicious, fresh Cote de Beaune 2013, the Chambolle was dark in colour and long on the palate and matched the black olive and caper and red wine sauce, beautifully.

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

Wednesday 16th May 2018
by George Wilmoth

Last month Justerinis co-hosted a Champagne masterclass with Charles Philipponnat of the eponymous champagne house. 

The afternoon consisted of a superb lunch by Claude Bosi at Bibendum with perfectly paired bottles from the cellars of Philipponnat. We tried four new wines from Phillipponnat including the 2008 "1522", the 2008 Mareuil-Sur-Ay, the 2007 Clos des Goisses "Juste Rose" and the 2008 Les Cintres. All brilliant, complex and satisfying wines.

The 1522 is surprisingly fleshy and accessible but there's a taut minerality that comes through on the finish that reminds you of the vintage's tension.  It was the first time I tried the Mareuil-Sur-Ay but it took the 1522s style and ramped it up with greater tension and nervosity. I'll be buying some of this for myself.

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

Monday 14th May 2018
by Catriona Palmer

Last week, Justerini & Brooks hosted a champagne tasting like no other; aboard the Sunshine Schooner, overlooking the bay of Monte Carlo.

Collected from outside the notoriously glamorous Monaco Harbour Club, guests were tendered across the sparkling Monte Carlo bay in groupings of five until we had 45 people on board the beautiful Sunshine Schooner.  Few classic schooners still exist today, and Sunshine, a Burmese crafted classic yacht, with a unique 2 inch thick teak deck, beautiful rosewood markings and towering masts, was certainly the jewel in the harbour and the perfect place to host a Justerini & Brooks champagne tasting. 

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