Kavalan Tasting @ Lock & Key

Back again for another tasting! This time around, Kavalan was the highlight of the night. Kavalan is a Taiwanese distillery owned by King Car Group, and they have won numerous awards for their whisky. Tonight, we got to try the Concertmaster Port Cask Finish, the King Car Conductor Single Malt Whisky, the Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt Whisky, and the Sherry Oak Single Malt Whisky.

Since it was a Taiwanese Whiskey, Chef Cyndi Tran decided to pair the whisky with Taiwanese fusion food! For the first bites, we got homemade scallion pancake with braised beef, cucumber, hoisin, pickled carrot, and garlic oil to go with our Kavalan Concertmaster. 

Our first course consisted of a Sprouted Mung Bean Salad with shrimp, pickled eggplant, watermelon radish, tomatoes, spinach, baby celery, crispy shallots, and chili passion fruit vinaigrette. To pair with, we had the King Car Conductor. In my opinion, it is hard to pair a light appetizer such as a salad with a whisky, but I enjoyed both the dish and the whisky! 

For our entree, we had the roasted beef tenderloin with stir fried long beans, baby bok choy, carrots, bean sprouts, sesame, black bean, hoisin sauce, and citrus coriander glaze. This was my favorite course of the meal- the meat was so juicy and flavorful! This was paired with the Kavalan ex-Bourbon Oak, which basically means that this whisky was put into old bourbon barrels. Loved the pairing of these two! 

Last but not least, we had a Taiwanese Sponge Cake with lemon mango curd, papaya mousse, lychee and plut, and spiced peanut brittle. This was my friend's favorite course, and it was delicious with the Kavalan Sherry Oak. We both enjoyed the Sherry Oak the best as it had a nice light fruity taste! 

Another fantastic dinner and tasting hosted by Lock & Key! I love how they are able to appropriate the event to the specific types of whiskey they offer. I did not expect Lock & Key to host a Taiwanese dinner, and I love their versatility! Thanks again Lock & Key for hosting, and hopefully I will be back soon! :)

Menu for reference 

Menu for reference 

Bruichladdich Tasting @ Lock & Key

This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Bruichladdich Tasting at Lock & Key. The tasting is paired with four different courses, with an introduction to each course by ambassador Alex Goode as well as Chef Cyndi Tran. The event was hosted in the patio of Lock & Key, and the decor was gorgeous! 

Drinks were served at the bar as well as tray passed appetizers, and we got the gin & tonic and strawberry mule to start. The smoked trout salad on cheddar brioche was divine, and we had to indulge in seconds and thirds! 

First Course-

Bruichladdich Scottish Barley paired with Smokey Bacon Vinaigrette and Grilled Asparagus Salad

The Scottish barley was my favorite of the four, and it was crisp and light to the taste. The salad was also a nice refresher to the meal, and I loved how the chef paired it with crispy salmon skin and soft boiled egg. Great textures in this course overall. 

Second Course-

Bruichladdich Islay Barley Rockside Farm paired with Kunamoto Oyster

This was another fantastic whiskey we tasted, and Alex educated us on the roots of this Islay Barley. The smokiness of the whiskey made the Kunamoto oyster taste like a summer barbecue of oysters on the grill! 

Third Course-

Port Charlotte Scottish Barley paired with Paned Seared Scottish Salmon

The whiskey got more peaty as the tasting went on, and this one was nice and smokey. At 40 ppm, it is considered one of the more peatier of the whiskies. The salmon served as a nice contrast to the Port Charlotte, and it was delicious!

Fourth Course-

Octomore 7.1 paired with Butter Scotch Cream Cheese Tarlette

The grand finale of the Octomore 7.1 which happened to be the peatiest whiskey in the world at 208 ppm. Lagavulin and Laphroaig were only around 120 ppm, which is moderate in comparison. The cheese tarlette was a nice sweet offset to the Octomore, and I loved the crust and the overall textures and taste. 

The Bruichladdich tasting was a fantastic evening of delicious whiskey and fantastic food. We had a wonderful evening learning more about Bruichladdich whiskey and its origins, and I am glad to have been able to try the world's peatiest whiskey! Thank you Lock & Key for inviting us out!