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WHISKY NOTES AT HHI. ONLY T2 WAS THERE
Rituparna Sengupta at the event. Pictures by Rashbehari Das

A whisky appreciation dinner organised by Glenlivet saw a bevy of Tollywood stars on Friday at Hotel Hindusthan International. Hosted by chairman D.K. Jaiswal, “malt mentor” Anand Chintamani took the guests through the sip session.

Part of the tasting were three single malts — The Glenlivet 12 Years Old, The Glenlivet 15 Years Old French Oak Reserve and The Glenlivet 18 Years Old.

First up, the youngest! The colour was adjudged to be bright golden with notes of grass, citrus and wood. Of course, some were inventive and instead of grass came up with rolling hills. When a lady smelt champagne, Anand joked: “No madam, we’re sure you don’t have the right glass. Someone get her the 12-year-old please.”

The Glenlivet 15 Years found even more unconventional results. So, while a guest got candied fruits which Anand adjusted to caramel, someone else found red lipstick. Spice and vanilla were the other “notable notes”. The 18 Years Old was described as dull gold in colour, with orange rind being the most commonly found notes.

“It was a nice way to appreciate the whiskies over a sitdown dinner. I, personally, am a fan of the Glenlivet whiskies. The citrusy notes appeal to me. All in all, a nice evening,” summed up Vinay Jaiswal, director (operations), HHI.

Malini Banerjee