Friday 23 October, 2020

Spirits Aligned: A Journey to Scotland with Arturo Savage

Journey to Scotland anchor Debbie Bissoon inspected the legs on the Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky.

Journey to Scotland anchor Debbie Bissoon inspected the legs on the Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky.

The Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF) organisers and the festival's official sponsors Johnnie Walker found a way to make Mondays cool again. How? By opting for the non-traditional structure of a taste seminar and executing a more laid-back caj vibe at Kingston's newest haunt, The Porch. 

Corporate execs and sponsors were fêted to a tour of Scotland by way of a taste seminar led by Johnnie Walker Reserve Brand Ambassador Arturo Savage. Though Savage is no stranger to The Rock, the decorated whisky connoisseur had high expectations for the evening of whisky cheers.

Johnnie Walker Journey to Scotland whisky tour

The Journey to Scotland mixer served three purposes: to introduce Savage to the local markets; tease viewers of the upcoming JFDF experience, and for guests to enjoy the trio of Johnnie Walker whiskies on tap. The Johnnie Walker Black, Aged 18 Years blend, and the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve whiskies were either taken straight or infused with fruity concoctions that left guests wanting more.

"Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story," Savage warned as the journey began. Guests noshed on tasty tapas courtesy of The Porch executive chef Damone Davis while he instructed the pairings. And, as soon as he checked in for feedback, among the buzzwords returned were "exciting," "tantalising," "different," and "strong".

Savage is a Whisky connoisseur, a Johnnie Walker Reserve brand ambassador and Keeper of the Quaich – a title bestowed to individuals that have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch whisky industry — and therefore well-informed. He led the discourse with an exclusive tour of the whisky regions of Scotland, the home of exceptional Johnnie Walker whiskies. And later, guided guests through an appreciation of the spirits.

In a couple of months, Johnnie Walker will celebrate its 200th anniversary as the number one portfolio for Scotch Whisky in the region. Indeed, the Journey to Scotland was a flight of fancy until guests remembered it was only Monday.

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