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october 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  93 Glasgow Seelbach by Abby Concha ◗ 1 oz. Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky ◗ ¼ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao ◗ 7 dashes Angostura Bitters ◗ 7 dashes Peychaud's Bitters ◗ Champagne to top Stir ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled flute, top with Champagne and lemon twist garnish. PHOTO: STEPHANIE SECREST PHOTO: STEPHANIE SECREST San Francisco Women in Whiskey crafted works of art from colored yarn, apple branches and driftwood while drinking Glasgow Seelbach cocktails featuring the equally artsy Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky. From left to right: Ashley Broshious, Lisa McGrew, Haley Caruso, Heather Lunan, Anna Westby and Ashlee Ingram. Butterflies, birds and bees call the new Living Wall at SFMOMA home; at 30 feet high and 4,400 square feet wide, the vertical garden boasts a position as the country's largest living wall. PHOTO: DEBORAH PARKER WONG Auchentoshan® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2016 Beam Suntory Import Co., Deerfield, IL. revealed San Francisco's isolating fog as the inspiration behind the museum's new fiberglass-reinforced polymer façade, the party migrated to a rooftop deck for a guided art experience accompanied by four expressions of Auchentoshan: American Oak, 12 Year, 18 Year and Three Wood. Nance discovered the brand when she was opening and directing operations at Rosewood Tavern in Los Angeles in 2011. It wasn't long before she moved to Chicago as the ambassador for the Midwest and, in 2015, was promoted to National Brand Ambassador. "Auchentoshan is an interesting brand for a bar manager," said the violet-haired Nance, who is unmistakable across the room. "There's complexity through the marks: American Oak can bridge bourbon drink- ers to Scotch while wine people seem to gravitate to Three Wood." Her ultimate goal is to put something in your glass that makes you happy, and if that means mixing a Daiquiri with 18 Year—something she's been known to do—so be it. Nance welcomed guests with a Glasgow Seelbach, the perfect foil for Auchentoshan American Oak, and multi-media artist Emily Stipanov led a group in a hands-on workshop that transformed the humble raw materials of hand- spun and dyed wool yarns and branches into art. "The city of Glasgow grew up around the distillery, so there's a marriage of old and new in the brand that finds a younger demographic—one that's trending in newer markets like Kansas City and places like North Dakota," Nance said. Tastes of Auchentoshan 12 Year, 18 Year and Three Wood were circulated as inspired works of art emerged from the raw materials selected by Stipanov, who is a florist and event designer by trade. "Consciously being in the moment as part of a connected group activity can relieve stress," she said. "It can be both therapeutic and calming to choose colors and then let the art emerge." As guests brandished their creations while savoring the 18 Year, it was clear that art indeed feeds the soul. —Deborah Parker Wong

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