Ari Shapiro, one of only a dozen or so “Masters of Whisky” in the U.S., takes Ventana on a five-course taste tour of the world’s best single malts paired with Chef Joseph Conrad’s New American cuisine, Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Explore such renowned brands as Dalwhinnie, Singleton, Oban, Talisker, and Lagavulin.
Ari will explain how “whisky” has become a catch-all term to encompass bourbons, ryes, Canadians, blended Scotch, as well as this evening’s focus: single malt Scotch.
In this tasting, discover how color can help determine the flavor intensity, the aroma, and finish of each whisky poured. In his selections you’ll experience the complexity of flavor and the long finish people seek out in a single malt Scotch.
1st course: Butternut squash gnocchi with braised endive, caramelized turnips, and a balsamic and lychee reduction; served with Singleton
2nd course: House smoked Sockeye salmon with mocha Israeli cous cous, glazed apples, and walnuts; served with Talisker
3rd course: Seared artisan duck breast with black bean puree, cocoa duck jus, and roasted Meyer lemon; served with Dalwhinnie
4th course: Smoked pork belly with miso butterscotch, cherry, and frisee; served with Lagavulin
5th course:(dessert): Oban ice cream with burnt orange and star anise caramel, pecan; served with Oban
$50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 21 & Over. Call (206) 441- 4789 to secure your reservation and for additional details. 2323 1st Avenue Seattle; http://ventanaseattle.com.