Wemyss Whisky Masterclass at Mussel Men, London Cocktail Week

London is a city which is always busy and there are plentiful of events you can choose from. After living here for 5 years, I’ve got 3 favourite times of the year: London Fashion Week (obviously), London Design Week (for all sorts of crafts, arts and interior inventions) and this year I added a new one to the list – London Cocktail Week!

London Cocktail Week

LCW is just as important as the other festivals I love in the capital. Held between 5 and 11 October this year, the occasion brought to the city the biggest party of its kind for a sixth year. Londoners had a chance to enjoy pop-ups, £5 cocktail tours and even an entire cocktail village.

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Scottish Invasion

Liquor to lips organised a Scottish Invasion at Mussel Men in Dalston for London Cocktail Week. Offering 7 delicious drinks for each day of the week, the organisers made sure there was something to treat everyone’s taste buds – from whisky and vodka, to a list of gin names. Every day they had different events: tastings, competitions, trade masterclasses, bar takeovers and music. See the full schedule here.

Mussel Men

The venue, just a few steps away from Dalston Junction, is a cozy hipster restaurant with a very well equipped bar at the front. The exceptional seafood menu in Mussel Men and its friendly staff can make you easily forget you were in London and imagine you’re on a ship telling pirate jokes with the rest of the crew on board.

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Wemyss Whisky Masterclass

As I know for a fact that my husband enjoys good whisky, I booked 2 seats for Monday to visit the Wemyss whisky masterclass. During a quick welcoming drink, we had a chat with the rest of the attendants. After a short introduction from the organisers, we all headed to the back garden where everything was set up and ready to start our tasting session. The weather wasn’t on our side, so swimming jackets were provided by the ship crew, pardon – raincoats by the restaurant staff. Some good fun was on the way!

Wemyss Malts brand ambassador Emma Hooper took us on a journey through the whisky flavour profiles of her native Scotland. The Hive, Spice King and Peat Chimney premium blended malts by a family owned distillery are named for the aromas and tastes found within each bottle. Emma gave us guidelines for the tasting notes of each blend and I learnt that everyone’s tasting buds are different, therefore people are able to identify different favours. No answer is the wrong answer when it comes to what flavours you can feel when sipping from a whisky blend.

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream

I must admit that my favourite part of the evening was seeing how the nitrogen instant whisky ice-cream was prepared by the Mussel Men chef right in front of us. The liquid nitrogen cools the mixture down to  -114c instantly, so it doesn’t have time to form large ice crystals as happens with normal ice-cream and the result is a smooth creamy texture. The Wemyss King whisky added to the ice-cream mixture enhanced its vanilla flavour. This was the tip of the iceberg for me!