How to Host a Tasting Night Advice Requested
I've been slowly building a nice library of Whiskies over he last 12-18 months, buying a new bottle every few weeks, and having a taste with my best mate and dinner over Friday night pizza (homemade) and whatever sport happens to be on tv.
We'd like to hold a proper tasting night, but I'm not sure which of our ollection to use (research I've done suggest no more than 6-7), nor the order of tasting which is from what I've researched is important, and other details. So i was hoping for some advice.
The library currently consists of the following:
Jim Beam White
Jim Beam Small Batch
Jim beam Devils Cut
Blantons Single Barrel 46.5%
Monkey Shoulder Batc 27 Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban Extra Matured in Port Casks 12 yrs
The Glenlivet Single match 15yrs
Glenfiddich Single Malt 12yrs
Bookers Bourbon 127.9 Proof
The Glenlivet Single Malt The Master Distillers Reserve
Chivas Regal 21yr Royal Salute
I also have a set of 'minis' of Jamesons
12yr Special Reserve
Gold Reserve (doesn't state the age and I've not been able to find out how old it is)
18yr old Limited Reserve.
So what would you recommend from that selection for a tasting involving mostly novices. My mate and I enjoy a good whisky, but I'd still call us novices as we merely know what we do and don't like, rather then know theproper terminology.
I've read that dark chocolate is good for having between whiskies as well, as a palate cleanser, but I've also read that some fruits such as paw paw, rockmelon can be good as they're more refreshing.
I've also read that for proper tastings, stemmed glasses with curved walls, like a wine bulb, like a Glencairn, is best. Also that it's best to try undistilled, distilled, and then left for a while to allow the whisky to aerate.
Any suggestions recommendations etc would be muchly appreciated.