American cheer

Steven Bashore & Shatbhi Basu
Steven Bashore and Shatbhi Basu at the American whiskey tasting at the St. Regis 

Informative and intoxicating was what it was as the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) hosted the Great American Whiskey Experience one-of-a-kind tasting session at the St. Regis.
The event, supported by the US Department of Agriculture, featured a presentation on the history and unique production process of American whiskeys. It also included a tasting of globally recognized American whiskeys, as well as some brands that are not currently available in India.
Taking you on this American whiskey trail was Steven Bashore, Master Distiller at the historical George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon, Virginia. Explaining the time-honoured tradition of whiskey making in the United States, which dates back to the 1700s, Bashore commented that American whiskeys such as bourbon, Tennessee whiskeys and American rye whiskeys are integral to the history of the United States and that their founding father George Washington produced a rye whiskey, the recipe of which they have worked to recreate at the George Washington Distillery.
Following this tasting was a cocktail presentation by American whiskey ambassador Shatbhi Basu. She showcased the mixability and versatility of American whiskeys so that guests could compare classic American cocktails, such as the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, head-to-head with bourbon and rye whiskeys.
Yes, the cheer was well and truly on with a delightful dinner complementing the liquid intake.


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