Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have been following this website for over a year and have finally had a good reason to post.
I plan on hosting a Scotch tasting tomorrow evening that will serve a dual purpose:
1) Introduce a few of my friends to different types of Scotch and hopefully teach a little about the differences (just for reference, this is the equivalent of a high school senior teaching 8th grade science, but the knowledge should suffice).
2) Finish off all my Scotch before moving back to America (currently I live in Japan).
Anyway, I plan on bringing Johnny Walker Black, Glenlivet 18, Glenlivet 16 Nadurra, Tomatin 12 (all <1/2 full), and a full bottle of Dewars White Label. I plan on the following order for tastings.
Glenlivet 16 Nadurra
Tomatin 12 (to again compare a decent entry scotch to some of the more refined expressions)
Knob Creek bourbon (for comparison only)
Of course, others may bring a few others, but has anyone hosted tastings before or has any advice for how to make this a smooth experience (i.e. ideal snacks, time between drinks - I am currently looking at about five minutes in between).
Thanks in advance for any help I get!
Just to follow up on this, about 12-15 people showed up and resulted in about 10 bottles of scotch. Everyone had a good time, but the next morning was...rough.
More info on your informal tasting....
I usually don't either and it wasn't a bad hangover, but after glass #9 things got...hazy.
As for feedback, there were a lot of people who showed up that were not big scotch drinkers, but enjoyed a few brands nonetheless. The Glenlivet 16 Nadurra was the first bottle to be emptied. The one surprise was a buddy preferring Lahproaig 10 to any others - after only trying 1-2 Speysides.
As for me, I was reminded why I can't drink Islay. It just isn't for me.
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