Whisky for Women
Ladies Night at the Ritz with Johnnie Walker
By Brett Graff
But before we start clinking glasses, let’s remember we still earn less than men for doing the same job –23 percent less to be exact. Contributing to the problem, I figure, is this: you can’t hammer out a corporate merger or instill shareholder confidence if the drink in your hand is pink, fizzy or romantic. Serious business people sip scotch. And my extensive personal research proves many women don’t.
Marcy Rudershausen, Carolina Zalles
Now back to Johnnie Walker’s Rudershausen. She is, please realize, not only an expert in her field but also the only woman in the United States to hold her title, which carries with it an exceptional level of training and knowledge. She’s also one of five American females – the first who also happens to be Hispanic – to be inducted into the Masters of the Quaich, a society formed by Scotland’s whisky distillers. Rudershausen, as you’ve by now reasoned, is way cool.
She was our whisky guide at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, where the chef prepared smoked salmon on spoons and bites of creamy risotto. To sip, there were Johnnie Walker cocktails, such as a Raspberry Walker and a Walker Mule, made with ginger beer. Rudershausen then walked us through the
I’m not going to share with you Rudershausen’s teachings. In part because I might like to invite you to the next Whisky for Women event. But also because I simply cannot do the material justice. I can only tell you that each of the women — all of whom are accustomed to delicious food and fine spirits — left that evening with the experience in whisky’s complex flavors and the intelligence to order and discuss them. Basically, they walked out empowered.
Photography by Paola Padovan