Okay, I did a little research and came up with a list. It's not 100% complete and I'm really looking for some feedback. Please keep in mind that I'm trying to do this for relatively low cost and with just what's available at the liquor stores in Washington state (their website keeps an inventory). I also wanted to keep it simple. I tried to keep it between a 10-14 year range and get one bottle from each region:
Speyside- Aberlour 12 year
Islay- Bowmore 12 year
Highlands- Glengoyne 10 year
Campbeltown- Springbank 12 year
I couldn't decide on one from the Lowlands. Any suggestions?
So, those are my initial picks for the tasting. Thoughts? I'm trying to keep the cost of each bottle below $60. Most of these scored very well in the tasting guide I have. And I'm still looking for something really unique as a surprise for everyone. It doesn't have to be Scotch. I was initially thinking of a Japanese or Eastern European brand.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Once I have the scotch choices locked in, my next task will be food pairing. The tasting is on Nov. 1.