Thanks for the feedback Dale. I was strictly a Beam drinker for a long time, but have started expanding my range. The Jameson's came in a three-pack from Duty Free as my wife and I were waiting to leave on our honeymoon, and are only 200ml tasters.
Would it be prudent to do a tasting night with one each from each of Lowland / Speyside / Highland / The Islands / Campbeltown / Islay, American Whisky (Beam range), Irish Whisky? A variety of different types and tastes etc?
Some of the literature I've read has suggested that cleansing the pallet between whiskies is helpful for ensuring accurate tasting of each whisky. Would you concur? Or what are your thoughts on the matter?
Excuse my ignorance, but when you said "For the blended Scotch, source one of the major malt components for the blend", how do I identify that? I've not gotten beyond picking and tasting a whisky and knowing that I do or don't like it.