QUIRK for this WEEK

At the beginning of every week a 'Quirk' is posted here. This 'Quirk' is usually an event taking place in London during the week or at the weekend which is unique and quirky and may not have been widely advertised.


Anomalous London tries to find these anomalous events to keep the enjoyment of the glorious capital city of London alive. The Archive has details of past quirky events along with some lovely pictures. 


The Library, Browns Hotel

Till 8th February 2015



In celebration of Burns night, Brown’s Hotel announces a pop up SCOTCH Bar from its sister hotel, the Balmoral in Edinburgh. Set in the newly refurbished Library, there is an impressive collection of over 40 Scottish whiskies to select from Scotland’s traditional whisky regions including Speyside, Islay, Campbeltown, the Islands, the Highlands and the Lowlands in a variety of blends, malts and vintages dating back to 1940. Scotland produces the most whisky in the world and has over 400 single malts available. SCOTCH’s highly trained Whisky Ambassador, Fraser Robson, will be on hand to offer guests advice when selecting a dram (a small measure of whisky).

For any whisky connoisseur, a whisky journey is recommended and Fraser will be able to arrange this. Anomalous London was invited to experience this and was enlightened with some quirky whisky facts along the way. Such as empty casks can be sold for between £600-£1000 and it is important to remember that out of the two senses, taste and smell, it is the latter which is more important in appreciating the whisky quality. The three drams which were given:

  1. Triple distilled "Auchenthoshan", which means corner of a field, and comes from Glasgow, one of the few distilleries in the Lowlands and the only one which still uses this method of distillation, to get rid of even more impurities. This distillery chooses not to display the age as it does not want to deter from the uniqueness of the sherry casks used and flavour, which is described as crisp, dry and delicate. 
  2. "Benromach", which came from the smallest distillery in Speyside, which is the region which produces the largest amount of whisky. A bourbon cask is used first followed by a red wine cask for finishing, which results in a lighter, sweeter well balanced dram. A quirky fact, Bourbon cask is easily available in USA as they cannot use it more than once (although this law may change soon).
  3. "Springbank" from Cambelton, which is considered to be one of the most varied whisky regions starting from a salty, smoky characteristic to floral and malty flavours. This distillery is one of the very few family-owned ones left in Scotland.

To accompany the whisky, bespoke bottled water from the whisky regions are provided; a few drops can bring out the subtle flavours, by lowering the alcohol levels, which can range between 40%-70%.

After the whisky journey, do try the quirky whisky cocktail on offer - Old Speyside – which comprises of fig syrup, bitters, Balvenie whisky and fig slices for decoration. This is served in quirky glass made from an actual Balvenie whisky bottle and set in a tray made from the used cask!

Glenmorangie is the proud partner of this event and expect to find exclusive expressions from this distillery, including Glenmorangie Original, Signet, 18 Year Old, 25 Year Old and for those looking for the ultimate dram, there will be the exclusive Glenmorangie Pride 1978, at £400 per dram.

A glass of whisky in SCOTCH is served with a selection of bar snacks selected to complement the wide variety of whisky flavours on offer.


Whisky is the qunitessence of Scotland and to have an opportunity to try the finest whiskies from this region without having to leavenLondon is a bonus So head on down to Mayfair and enjoy a dram or three! 


No reservation is required.


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