Happiness is a cold whisky

It’s not every day that you get to hang out at Abbey Road Studios in London, but that’s exactly what I was doing on Thursday evening, at an evening hosted by The Glenlivet.

The event was kicked off by a very impressive covers band, followed by brief introductions from an Abbey Road producer and the Glenlivet brand ambassador.

We were divided into groups and had four tutorials from a singing coach, a guitarist and pianist, a bassist and drummer and a producer. The highlight was probably singing ‘A little help from my friends’ into the very microphones used by The Beatles in the late 1960s (Neumann U47s, for the geeks out there).

For anyone with an interest in music (so everybody…) it is a genuinely inspiring place and I loved listening to the Abbey Road staff talking about the great bands and singers that have recorded here. Although for every Pink Floyd to have graced Studio 2, there’s a Liberty X!

The evening focussed on learning about Abbey Road, rather than single malts, but there was a chance to hear the brand ambassador speak about The Glenlivet and of course to try some fantastic whisky. The 18 year old was my favourite. The palate is described as “smooth and velvety”, with “a tantalising burst of spices and bitter oranges drying out on oaky notes”. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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