Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Golf, Art and Scotch, (not necessarily in that order)

St. Augustine, FL

In the oldest city in North America, Golf, Art and Scotch, (not necessarily in that order) were the buzz at the Inaugural PGA Golf Organizations’ "First Tee Scotch Tasting" charity event. As Gaelic music sundered in the background, crowds awaited for their chance to enter the grand ballroom at the elegant and historic Casa Monica Hotel in downtown St. Augustine. Once all gathered for these rare examples of fine single malt, single cask scotch offerings, they were greeted by a procession lead by a bagpipe player bellowing Scotland the Brave followed by renowned Scottish Scholar Byron Cassell along with Myra Schick, all dressed in Scottish traditional Prince Charlie and Tartan garb. Thereafter, education about and consumption of the finest scotches in the world commenced, featuring Scotch Specialist Signatory, with Single Malt Scotch offerings from all regions of Scotland including rare offerings such as: 1994 Edradour, 1992 Highland Park, 1991 Rosebank, 1990 Macallan, 1989 Glenrothes, 1989 Caol Ila.

As a bonus, a distillery bottling of Edradour 10 year aged Scotch was also sampled to allow the connoisseurs to distinguish the differences between Chillfiltered and Unchillfiltered scotch. This event offered a unique opportunity to enjoy history and insight on distilling of Scotch along with the education of the unique characteristics of these fine offerings with tasting notes and commentary.

SanMar Art Publishing featured Golf related art at the event from internationally recognized artist McKenzie, who created several paintings including a special painting with commemorative limited edition prints of her work entitled It's Never Too Early to Learn in honor of the PGA’s work with mentoring children.

These paintings were auctioned off at the end of the event raising thousands for this worthy cause. The Liquor Group, a distributor managing Florida’s fourth largest spirits portfolio presented each of these fine Scotches from their 250+ Single Malt Scotch Distillery offerings, including specialty scotches from all major distilleries in Scotland. Broudy’s Liquor Stores supplied customers with these fine scotch products after the event, as the appetite for fine scotches was certainly whet at the completion of the event.
To draw the event to a close, Cassell taught the crowd the traditional toast of Scotland, the Gaelic: Slainte Mhath (pronounced Slan-gee Varr) and the traditional Gaelic response to the toast as well, so not only was their Scotch whisky education a foot, but there was also Scottish language education as well!

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