Traditions are meant to be kept, some might even say guarded, by secret societies meeting in nondescript locations to embrace a shared passion and elevate a mood through rich, warming scotch whiskey. As one of the newest members of The Guardians of The Glenlivet, last night I did just this in a warehouse in Deep Ellum.
While I consider myself an amateur when it comes to scotch, I enjoy bourbon, and scotch seems like a natural addition to any bar cart for the dapper gentleman or stylish lady. The Guardians of the Glenlivet is the perfect introduction.
Guardians gathered in the entrance to sip a dram of 12 year single-malt and nibble on passed bites before moving into the lounge for a presentation from Matthew Springate, the Glenlivet Brand Ambassador. Hylnds The Glenlivet 18, a cologne collaboration from Glenlivet and D.S. & Durge, was also on display. The cozy musk is set to go on sale at $180 exclusively in Barney’s next month, just in time for the holidays.
As we made our way into the lounge, plush leather sofas and Persian rugs awaited us, with carefully placed tasting glasses. Springate enlightened us with the history of The Glenlivet and retold stories of how George Smith, the original distiller, overcame the struggles that were stacked against him and his popular whiskey. He walked us through the proper tasting method and dispelled beliefs about how adding water “ruins” the whiskey. After sampling the 12 year, 15 year and 18 year, we discussed the differences between each and were left to our separate parties to sip in comfort.
In all, the evening was informative and a great oversight for scotch-lovers and newbies, such as myself, alike. Springate did an excellent job of sharing the interesting points and highlighting the notes in each batch we tasted.
But secrets are meant to be shared. Interested in joining the next free sipping event? Become a guardian yourself and as The Glenlivet boasts, “unlock a world of exclusive privileges.”