We were assigned a waiter for the evening, one waiter for every two guests. Our waiter led us down stairs, and behind the black out curtains, into complete darkness. He was lucky enough to have on a pair of infrared goggles, so he led us to our seats and was in charge of getting this precious whiskey into our mouths and not on the floor.
|The Tasting Room - Gorgeous Ambiance|
|Nosing - Photo Courtesy of Glenlivet|
|Be-Goggled Waiters - Photo Courtesy of Glenlivet|
We then tasted the Alpha again, now able to taste the bright fruit flavors, the rich flavors of creamy crème brûlée, and the baritone of the marzipan almond. I also tasted flavors of pear predominantly, date, plum, and a hint of salty butter. It's a wildly complex whiskey - every smell and every taste reveals different flavors in a wonka-like magical way.
We were then led back upstairs, our eyes adjusting to the light. Stumbling around a bit, we were led to a back room where more Alpha was being served (thank goodness!) and we were able to enjoy a few drams.
With only 3,500 bottles produced, it was a privilege to be able to be one of the first to taste it here in the US. This bottle is bound to be a collectors item - a unique and covetable expression that is well worth the investment.