By the way...
For your tasting, I like to have two glasses for each whisky. This way you can have each one neat and each one with a couple drops of water. You'll often get different things out of each one this way. Of course, the huge brands and bottlings won't generally show much of a difference.
I'm a proponent of The Glencairn Glass.
I don't do food during the serious side of the tasting, unless it's a tasting of more than 12-15 whiskies - and then I only serve something bland like a Carr's water cracker. You don't want the food to cloud your impressions.
Once the serious side of evaluation is out of the way and the drinking begins, bring out the food. Cheeses, fruits, grilled meats, breads, chocolate, fruitcake, shortbread, sausages, fruit pies all go great with many different whiskies.