Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 26, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 26, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 36
Homewood Museum Toasts Scotland's Single Malts

Heather Egan Stalfort
Johns Hopkins University Museums

Johns Hopkins' Homewood Museum will strike the perfect balance between libations and learning at its 13th annual "Evening of Traditional Beverages" from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, June 5. This year's theme, Scotland's Single Malts, was inspired by the bicentennial of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).

The event will be held on the lawn of Homewood Museum (or Glass Pavilion in the case of rain).

At the annual museum event, which combines history with an al fresco cocktail party, 23-year spirits specialist Craig Howard from Reliable-Churchill Distributors will discuss the history, culture and taste of single malt whiskies from the Islay, Highland, Speyside and Lowland regions.

Guests will sample five wee drams of single malts produced along Scotland's famous whisky trail, including Glenfiddich 15 Year and 21 Year, Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood, Aberfeldy 12 Year and Compass Box The Peat Monster. John Walsh of wine and spirits importer William Grant & Sons will assist in the presentation of the Glenfiddich and Balvenie selections.

A splash of Scottish spring water will bring out the distinctive aromas and flavors of each, as will hors d'oeuvres and chocolate pairings provided by Neopol Savory Smokery in Belvedere Square and Edible Favors of Waverly Market. White wine and nonalcoholic beverages also will be served.

Andy Bienstock, program director of WYPR-FM, will serve as master of ceremonies. Christopher George, local poet and member of the St. Andrews Society of Baltimore, will read excerpts from Robert Burns' rousing drinking song, "Scotch Drink," and will autograph copies of his book, The Scots in Maryland and a History of the St. Andrew's Society of Baltimore, 1806-2006, which will be available for sale in the museum shop.

The single malt whiskies will be available at a discounted price at the Wine Source in Hampden, the event's retail sponsor. The media sponsor for the event is 88.1 WYPR-FM.

Admission is $20 for Homewood members and $25 for nonmembers. Due to the popularity of the event, reservations (410-516-5589) are required.


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