The Macallan Experience with Alx&Co.

James D’Arcy Headshot brand representative for The Macallan Whiskey

Have you heard the buzz about Old Town Cocktail Week? This is the first year it’s happening and I was thrilled to receive an invitation to participate from organizers Amy Rutherford and Victoria Verguson. With more than twenty restaurants and boutiques participating, we jumped at the chance to come up with a creative event and boy do we have a treat in store for you…

We reached out to a good friend of ours, James D’Arcy, who also happens to be a brand representative for The Macallan Whiskey. (Note: while he is English, he is not this James D’Arcy.) James is profoundly knowledgeable about whiskey (among other offerings, he has a decade of experience managing and serving at some of the most recognizable names in the fine hospitality industry) and particularly enjoys coming up with creative ways to show off the intricate flavor profiles of this beautiful beverage. Tim and I have been lucky participants in a number of James’ informal demonstrations at parties and always leave with an expanded appreciation for new ways to enjoy whiskey. So, when we were brainstorming ways to offer an innovative experience for our clients in honor of Old Town Cocktail Week, we knew James would be the perfect person to work with for our event.

On Friday, May 10th, we’re offering two separate sit-down tastings of The Macallan’s finest experiences with James walking our clients through the brand’s history and unique process that sets this beverage apart. This will truly be an elevated experience to remember. James will be bringing a library of his favorite resources and is chock-full of information about how to develop your whiskey palate. Better still: cheese! We wanted to offer something novel for our clients, so James will be demonstrating how to pair whiskey with various fine cheeses provided by Brut Champagne Bar. Wine and cheese are so expected (though wonderful), but whiskey and cheese is new-level hosting and we’ll show you how to do it confidently. Also, who doesn’t love cheese?!

This will be an intimate sit-down event limited to ten clients per session, and tickets must be purchased in advance. We recommend making an evening of it and enjoying dinner in Old Town afterwards. Seriously: a spring evening enjoying fine whiskey with lovely people in our fair city… does it get any better than this?

If you’re interested in purchasing tickets or have other questions about the event, email me for more information. We can’t wait to share this evening with you.


May 10, 2019


6pm & 8 pm, approximately one hour per workshop


$49; Email for tickets


Alexandria & Company | 121 S. Royal St., Alexandria, VA


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Creative Director & Co-Owner | Alexandria & Company
I came to join Alexandria & Company by way of love: my husband Tim has owned the stop for nearly ten years, and I started by helping him on Saturdays so that we could spend more time together. Eventually, I quit my other life in the legal field to become Alx&Co’s Creative Director and co-owner with Tim. Now, we run our small business together in Old Town and I haven’t looked back.

Alexandria & Company is an Old Town-based workshop and design studio specializing in creating and restoring fine jewelry and silver hollowware. They are the in-the-know jewelers of Alexandria and have been serving clients out of their small workshop for decades. Tucked in their historic building on South Royal Street, the team at Alx&Co. brings a personalized, modern approach to their craft – this is not your average stodgy jeweler or antique shop. Visit them during their walk-in hours or online to view their collection of handmade fine jewelry or to drop off a repair project; or, if you’re feeling creative, make an appointment to talk about that custom design project you’ve been imagining.  |

121-B South Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314


Design Studio Walk-In Hours (all jewelry services): Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm
Silver Workshop Walk-In Hours (all silver repair and restoration services): Wednesday or Friday 12-6pm, or by appointment

Appointments encouraged for custom design.

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