By Wairimu Nyingi
Diageo Global Scotch Brand Ambassador, Tom Jones used a whisky gourmet dinner hosted by the Movenpick Hotel & Residences, to introduce two new variants of The Singleton Single Malt whisky in addition to the 12-year-old.
The starter, a salmon pan-seared sashimi, with black sesame, green apple sticks, orange-mint honey emulsion, roasted hazelnut dust and microgreens was paired with The Singleton 12-year-old.
The 12-year variant is punctuated with the aroma of polished wood and toasted hazelnuts with a swirl of stewed and dried fruit. It is characterised by a sweet, nutty and smooth fruity taste with a hint of espresso and brown sugar.
The main course, beef tenderloin with oyster mushroom sauté, arrowroots, mascarpone puree, jelly of pear, grilled asparagus, dark chocolate and a one-of-a-kind Barolo reduction wine sauce paired elegantly with The Singleton 15-year-old. The 15-year-old variant was aromatically drawn to a toffee apple fragrant punctuated with honeycomb and hints of spice with underlying fruity cereal notes.
The drink draws in the taste buds with sweet malty and oat tones with a feel of fresh fruit and a drying floral spiciness.
The dessert featured a chocolate Danduja, berry sorbet, caramelised walnuts, vanilla and sweet caramel parfait, butterscotch sauce and cocoa dust, and was a great accompaniment to an 18-year-old variant.
This choice taps out an aroma of soft roasted nuts, fragrant wood and stewed fruit punctuated by smooth vanilla and toffee fragrant. It draws in the palate with a dark toffee, mint and apple juice taste punctuated by almond and a hint of cocoa biscuits.
Tom Jones is known to many for his unwavering passion and knowledge for fine spirits. With over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, followed by 17 years in the world of spirits, he is a devoted ambassador and longtime Keeper of the Quaich, for the exceptional craftsmanship of Scotch whisky all over the world.
A passionate advocate for Scotch, Tom is hugely knowledgeable and a credible Scotch whisky expert.