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An Evening With Johnnie Walker

On Burns Night this year, Edinburgh came alive to celebrate the Bard and Chinese New Year which coincided on the same day.

The city honoured both events by hosting a fabulous Culture Crawl, including performances from K.T. Tunstall, Gareth Waugh, Neu Reekie and more. In addition, the chaps from Johnnie Walker hosted a series of mini whisky tasting sessions which I was lucky enough to be invited to.

I will start by saying I am not a massive whisky fan, but I do know from past experiences that tasting sessions help you appreciate the flavour, the smell, the sensation in your mouth and I find myself enjoying it far more than I thought I would. Johnnie Walker aim to educate both aficionados and beginners alike and, in the run up to the launch of their new visitor centre on Princes Street, they are cementing their welcomed presence in the city.

Nigel from Johnnie Walker expertly led us through four whiskies including the Gold Label which was my favourite. Each had nuances in terms of smell and taste but all were delicious. We were also shown the different types of whisky Johnnie Walker offers including the exclusive George V. We talked about their focus on sustainability, which as an important newcomer to the Edinburgh scene is so refreshing to hear.

All in all, I learned so much from the event as was so impressed by Nigel's dedication and enthusiasm for the product he so clearly loves to promote.

I can't wait to hear of Johnnie Walker's official entrance to Edinburgh. If this event is a signal of things to come, it will be very impressive.

With thanks to Johnnie Walker and Frame for inviting me along to a whisky tasting for two people.

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