The Water of Life fundraising event inspired and hosted by Dr. Matt Lurin on Wednesday, May 6th was a huge success. Held at New York City’s Battery Gardens, which overlooks the Statue of Liberty, this unique event was enjoyed by over 75 participants including ambassadors representing over 25 brands of whisky.
The whisky “speed dating” theme provided a unique format for the event. Guests received one of two different types of Glencairn whisky glasses etched with the Water of Life logo based on ticket tier in order to sample the brands. In this way, the pourers were able to identify the VIP guests. While hors d’oeuvres were passed, guests selected a whisky cocktail from the bar as they scoped out the various whisky tables.
Whisky Speed Dating
The whisky speed dating theme was unique for many. Newcomers especially enjoyed this as small groups were matched with a pourer who hosted 15-minute sessions of stories, food pairings, and select tastes of their brand. Intrepid guests were able to sample up to 22 whiskies. Some of the whiskies that were enjoyed were the Highland Park Odin, the Glenmorangie 25, the Balvenie Portwood 21, Arran 10, and Balblairs, just to name a few. VIPs drank top-notch selections including rare single malt scotches like The Macallan Rare Cask. All guests also enjoyed a first-rate dinner buffet. It was an evening for whisky aficionados, newcomers and industry professionals to come together for a great cause.
In the end, the inagural event proved to be a great fundraiser for the Life Raft Group, which we hope many will enjoy for years to come.
We would like to thank Dr. Lurin and all of our sponsors, ambassadors and attendees for supporting this event. We hope to see you next year!