Irish Whiskey Tasting in Cairo

Irish Whiskey Tasting in Cairo

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

As those who follow me on social media @WhiskeyBlogger may have noticed, a few weeks ago I was invited to Cairo by Ambassador Seán O’Regan and the Embassy of Ireland in Egypt, to give a talk about Irish Whiskey and Irish Whiskey Tourism.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Ambassador Seán O’Regan, Irish Ambassador to Egypt welcomes our guests to the Irish Whiskey Tasting. I’m caught checking my phone is turned off!

Our audience, invited by the Irish Embassy, is drawn from the Cairo Diplomatic, NGO, Business and Hospitality communities as well as a group of local food bloggers and tourism social-media influencers and members of the Cairo Whisky Club.

The event took the form of an Irish Whiskey Tasting evening at the 5 Star Conrad Cairo Hotel where we paired six Irish Whiskeys from Teeling Whiskey, Hyde Whiskey, Pearse Whiskey, Walsh Whiskey, Powers Whiskey and Redbreast Whiskey with a selection of artisan foods from West Cork including smoked salmon and duck, cheeses from Milleens and Gubbeen and Clonakilty Black Pudding.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

The 5 Star Conrad Cairo on the tree lined Nile Corniche is one of Cairo’s leading hotels.

The Whiskey card I created in partnership with the Irish embassy, was designed to appeal to both Irish Whiskey and whiskey beginners as well as experienced whiskey aficionados. I also wanted to represent the main Irish whiskey types of Blends, Single Grain, Single Malt, Single Pot Still and a Cask Strength Irish Whiskey.

The final whiskeys selected for the event were Teeling Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey, Hyde 1916 Single Grain Irish Whiskey, Pearse 5 Single Malt Irish Whiskey, The Irishman Founder’s Reserve “Champagne Blend” Irish Whiskey, Powers Three Swallow Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Irish Whiskey .

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

The Whiskey Tasting event was also a great opportunity to represent and showcase Irish Whiskey Tourism and the Dublin and Irish Whiskey Trails.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Our opening whiskey, Teeling Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey is served with a smoked duck pairing prepared by Conrad Cairo Executive Chef Paolo Rocco.

I won’t go into too much detail here, as a more detailed article is over on my main whiskey blogging site at WhiskeyBlogger.com.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Read the full story of my visit to Cairo at WhiskeyBlogger.com

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Setting the scene at the Conrad Cairo as their bar team prepare our first tasting from Teeling Whiskey.

But the following photos should give you a flavour both of the event and what we achieved #Working4Ireland.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Hyde 1916 Single Grain Irish Whiskey. Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Conrad Cairo General Manager Mr. Wolgang Maier uses his Tuath Irish Whiskey Tasting Glass to check that Hyde 1916 Single Grain Irish Whiskey is indeed “all about the wood”.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Spot the member of the Cairo Whisky Club!

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

We used the Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass for our tasting. Each guest brought their Tuath Glass home as a memento of their Irish Whiskey Tasting.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara Cairo Foodie Couple

This is Shahan from @CairoFoodieCouple. Find out more about Cairo’s most successful and influential Food Bloggers and how the Teeling Whiskey Hat became the new “Must Have” fashion accessory in Cairo. Full story at WhiskeyBlogger.com

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

First Whiskeys in place. Ready to start. At this stage, I’m explaining how to use a Tuath Glass. Melisse, the other half of @CairoFoodieCouple is on the right.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

Full story and more photos at WhiskeyBlogger.com.

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

More Photos at WhiskeyBlogger.com

Conrad Cairo Hotel Whiskey Tasting by Irish Whiskey Blogger Stuart McNamara

 

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