The Go Go: Drinks — The Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival

How many single malts does it take to count these things? Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival
How many single malts does it take to count the dire wolf skull wall?

Bourbon and bones.

Skulls and single malt.

Looking for a new tipple when you belly up to the bar this weekend?

The Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival‘s inaugural event  at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum featured some impressively high level spirits among the skeleton remains of saber tooth tigers and giant sloths

Almost 20 distillers ringed the Museum’s spacious interior, which allowed plenty of milling around space for avid imbibers.

Macallan Rare Cask whisky at the Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Fest
Macallan Rare Cask whisky at the Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Fest

Single malt highlights included The Macallan Rare Cask, which tasted of spice and chocolate due to the sherry casks.

The Highland Park Dark Origins lived up to its name deliciously; notes of cocoa and a touch of peat added some heft to the typical Speyside sweetness,

The Scottish highlands met tropical islands in The Balvenie 14 Year Caribbean Cask: another Speysider — this one aged in Caribbean rum casks.

Ardbeg also had a trio of peaty winners — try saying that ten times fast! — including Ardbeg Uigeadail and Ardbeg Corryvreckan. The booth had its own smoke machine and luckily, was one of the first stops on the whisky circuit so drinkers had a better-than-average chance of saying the names right.

Whisky Associate Brian Summers offers The Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask for perusal.
Whisky Associate Brian Summers offers The Balvenie 14 year old Caribbean Cask for perusal.

Bruichladdich brought Octomore to the party; the most highly peated whisky on the planet, which still maintained a lovely balance of flavors, had aficionados lining up for their fix dram.

Local hero Greenbar Distillery, which offers tours, tastings and cocktails classes at its DTLA space, ably represented the City of Angels with its delicious Slow Hand organic whiskeys.

Jack Daniels not only brought its rich Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey but had fest goers lining up for bad ass bumps, whiskey style: a cocktail shot glass was delivered on a mirrored tray and guests sucked up the goodness with a short straw.

Max Ehrlich shows off a bottle of Jack Daniels Barrel Proof
Max Ehrlich shows off a bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel – Barrel Proof  Tennessee whiskey.

A Mashed  Potato Martini Bar with toppings was genius: a comfort food bar bite that — fingers crossed — will become a staple at SoCal bars.

Also available: hand-rolled-on-the-spot cigars plus a shoeshine station to keep everyone’s kicks spiffed up for the whiskey stroll and mid-century photo booth.

Judging by the post-fest chatter, everyone made their whiskey bones and then some at the first Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival.

Where there's smoke, there's Ardbeg....
Where there’s smoke, there’s Ardbeg….
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