Recently the Aqua by El Gaucho and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society paired up to host an event called The Pearl Dram Whisky and Oyster Pairing. The native oyster season coincided with the 30th anniversary of The Society making for an amazing experience, one that this blogger will remember for a very long time.
The evening started out with an introduction to The Scotch Malt Whiskey Society by Georgie Bell, the global ambassador for the The Society. She told the story of how The Society came to be, how they operate, and choose the casks from the hundreds of distilleries large and small all over Scotland. One awesome thing about The Society is that they do not label the bottles with the distillery that it came from. This way you do not have any preconceptions of how it should taste. Such as getting a The Macallan cask and expecting it to taste like your 12 or 18 year sitting at your home bar. Another caveat to The Society is that you must be a member to be able to purchase from them.
After Georgie finished the introduction it was time to try our first pairing which was a Kumamoto oyster paired with 12 year from the Speyside, Spey region. The second pairing was a Shigoku oyster paired with a 29 year from the Speyside, Lossie region, the following pairing was Virginia oyster with 10 year from the Speyside, Deveron region. The final pairing and my personal favorite of both scotch and oyster was a Kusshi oyster paired with 16 year from the Islay region. This pairing stood out to me as being the boldest and most flavorful.
The evening was a hit for everyone in attendance especially for myself. I appreciate the opportunity to try something I would probably have been nervous about trying but I have to say Scotch and Oysters pair well with another. So the next time you want to feel adventures you should check out Aqua located at 2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121, and see about pairing some of their great scotch selections with the oysters they offer. Also if you are interested in The Scotch Malt Whisky Society be sure to check them out as El Gaucho happens to be the only Society Spot on the West Coast in the United States.