Rosemary's Blog

The art of a first whisky event

How do you make a whisky tasting different? Cheese or chocolate with whisky - they are already being done as are whisky dinners, although the latter are certainly on my menu of events as seasonal food is always changing. I am searching for new ways of exploring whisky though the arts, with paintings, poetry, prose, history and life enriching events. The stunning exhibition of Scottish Colourist JD Fergusson’s work at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester (until 19th October 2014) recently gave me the perfect platform to launch MoonShine, my whisky for women blogsite with whisky events for everyone.

Tasting in the Main Gallery - this is not the Fergusson art

Tasting in the Main Gallery - this is not the Fergusson art

Working with Gallery Guide Michaela Cranmer our first task was to select 5 paintings that Michaela could talk about in detail and I could match to a wide range of styles of whisky. That was so easy - we both chose exactly the same paintings! Ranging from the elegance of Jonquils and silver 1902 to the brash modernism of Rhythm 1911 the paintings selected gave plenty of scope for exploring single malts and some innovative and challenging blends. CookwithAlex had created canapés to match each whisky and to cleanse the palette before the next dram. All in all, a most enjoyable assault of all the senses and a fabulous launch for my whisky writing.

Auchentoshan Three Wood with Jonquils and Silver 1902-.

Auchentoshan Three Wood with Jonquils and Silver 1902-.

Great King Street The Artist's Blend with La Terrace, Cafe d’Harcourt 1908

Great King Street The Artist's Blend with La Terrace, Cafe d’Harcourt 1908

Monkey Shoulder with Rhythm 1911.

Monkey Shoulder with Rhythm 1911.

Caol Isla with Storm around Ben Ledi 1922

Caol Isla with Storm around Ben Ledi 1922

Connemara with Danu, Mother of the Gods 1952

Connemara with Danu, Mother of the Gods 1952

In full flight! It's a serious business...

In full flight! It's a serious business...

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