This was our second tasting with the Compass Group, owners of The Westroom, Sygn Bar and Monteiths, and going on our first experience we were in for a treat.
I started with a Jalisco Two Step, a perfectly sharp blend of Tapatio blanco tequila, cherry liqueur, sea salt and watermelon cordial, agave and lime.
The girls opted for something sweeter: the Betty Do Wop. A fabulous concoction of Bombay Sapphire gin, strawberry shrub, mallow root and lemon.
For the tasting we began with a platter of fat golden corn dogs with a tangy sweetcorn salsa; the batter crunched as we wrestled our mouths round the dogs with the sharpness of the salsa balancing out each mouthful. Alongside this we had chicken lollipops; juicy chicken legs coated in a thick, crispy layer of breadcrumbs with a blue cheese sauce that was so tangy and delicious it was hard not to drink it straight, however we politely dipped and melted.
The cocktail paired to this mini feast was an adult take on the classic cherry soda pop: sweet and juicy with a kick to the back of your throat.
Our second cocktail for the evening came paired with a wee paper cone of burnt caramel coated popcorn which was so moreish i sneaked some off the girls. Whiskey and caramel are a fantastic combination and this cocktail was our clear favourite.
This was followed by beautifully tender slices of rare steak soaked in a basil and mint marinade that melted in your mouth.
Our final cocktail was a smoky, peaty whiskey with banana and nutmeg; the perfect liquid dessert. Sitting carefully on top was a dried piece of banana that resembled sucking on a sour lemon, it acted as a great palette cleanser and left a wonderfully tart taste in your mouth.
For three women who, prior to this tasting, avoided whiskey like the plague, we will now be actively seeking out more of the Chop House’s inventive and mouth watering cocktails to quench our new found thirst for the strong stuff. Another fun, interesting and unforgettable tasting and we can’t wait for the next one.