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Single-Malt Scotch tasting-- order of scotches?

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Argonaut Oct 8, 2011 05:14 PM

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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    ncyankee101 Oct 8, 2011 07:05 PM

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

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

    http://jason-scotchreviews.blogspot.c...

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      Argonaut Oct 8, 2011 07:59 PM

      Thanks for the link. Great blogger!

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

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        ncyankee101 Oct 8, 2011 09:35 PM

        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.

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          sku Oct 10, 2011 07:43 AM

          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.

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