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Oct 8, 2011 05:14 PM

Single-Malt Scotch tasting-- order of scotches?

I am hosting a single-malt scotch tasting tomorrow evening and would appreciate advice on what order to serve the scotches in. We are fairly new to scotch and don't have anything fancy, but I am planning on serving a Glenmorangie 'Original' (Highland), two Speysides: Glenlivet 12 and Glenfiddich and Laphroaig 10 year old cask (Islay).

I am also serving some oatcakes and digestive biscuits with cheeses: Wensleydale, Stilton with lemon peel and an English cheddar. What advice do you have for me?

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  1. Laphroaig last, it will wreck your palate, Which Speysides?

    Here's an interesting article by a blogger I talk to often.


    3 Replies
    1. re: ncyankee101

      Thanks for the link. Great blogger!

      The Speysides are Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Nothing extraordinary, but I had them already :-)

      1. re: Argonaut

        Oh geez that was a brainfart on my part, d'oh! I guess when i read it I thought there were 5 total.

        All three of those are pretty mild tasting, I doubt the order of them will make much difference. Definitely the Laphroaig last though, nothing like a peat/smoke bomb to leave everything else tasting like water. I love Islays by the way, Laphroaig is one of my favorites.

        1. re: ncyankee101

          I agree with ncyankee that the Laphroaig should definitely be last. I would put the Glenmorangie first as it's slightly more delicate than the 'Livet and 'Fiddich, but you could really put those three in any order.

          It's a very nice novice lineup.

          I actually don't favor serving food during tastings, particularly strong tasting foods such as stilton as they can interfere with the whisky.