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    Whisky tasting advice needed

    Due to me prattling on about malt whisky, I've been asked to arrange a tasting for some guys at my golf club.

    Has anyone done something like that before and which whiskies did you use?

    I'm thinking 4, 5 max, malts would be sufficient to show some of the the different styles available because the palate would struggle to cope with more, but I'm not sure what to choose.

    I'm considering choosing The Macallan, Laphroaig and maybe a cask strength malt, but I could do with other suggestions.

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    A highland speyside, a peaty island, an Islay and a Lowland would be the geographical choice. Personal I wouldnt bother with the Lowland (it'll end up being Glenkinchie (does Auchentoshan count as a Lowland?) GK is malt for people who don't like whisky in my opinion).

    A cask aged one for the fourth is a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    A highland speyside, a peaty island, an Islay and a Lowland would be the geographical choice. Personal I wouldnt bother with the Lowland (it'll end up being Glenkinchie (does Auchentoshan count as a Lowland?)which is malt for people who don't like whisky in my opinion).

    A cask aged one for the fourth is a good idea.
    Oi! I LIKE Auchentoshan!!!

    I need to be in the mood for a whisky and it's a good one to start with when I'm not quite there yet... Tiniest splash of water mind...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Alf View Post
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    Oi! I LIKE Auchentoshan!!!

    I need to be in the mood for a whisky and it's a good one to start with when I'm not quite there yet... Tiniest splash of water mind...



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    I like it too. What i meant was its geographically Lowland but probably a bit more punchy than the Lowland stereotype.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    I like it too. What i meant was its geographically Lowland but probably a bit more punchy than the Lowland stereotype.
    Yup, with you on that one..... And i agree, It's always difficult where to properly assign it... Highland water source but Lowland distillery.



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    Last one I went to did a light to strong theme and we started with Dakwhinnie and ended with a Highland Park. The bloke who was hosting it told me that he uses the sample sizes first and then makes up an idea. General feedback was plenty water in between, explain the way to drink it and most importantly, have notes to tell people the flavours to look out for. A lot of people found that really interesting. And of course, don't treat it as a pi$h up.

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    I done a few in my old work. To make it a bit different I used to do a guided tasting of 2 contrasting malts (usually something like a Laphroaig and a Glenfarclas). Then I'd give a further 3 blind and give them the tasting notes and challenge them to match the whisky to the notes. I usually had something else notably peated like a Talikser or Ardbeg, something like a Clynelish which has a subtle smoke and is quite complex and then either throw in an outlier like a single grain or a single cask.

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    You could probably give people anything as long you explain the how to, along with the what and why.

    I've been to a few well done tastings that were a mixture, but a lot of them avoided lowlands for some reason.

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    If you are permitted to look beyond Scotch I'd recommend throwing one of the excellent Japanese malts into the mix.

    Something like a Yamazaki is excellently crafted and might surprise a few of the tasters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Giovanni View Post
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    If you are permitted to look beyond Scotch I'd recommend throwing one of the excellent Japanese malts into the mix.

    Something like a Yamazaki is excellently crafted and might surprise a few of the tasters.


    We did a very unsophisticated blind tasting last year (on top of a meal and quite a few pints, just pick our favourite malt of three, multiple rounds, was a bit messy) and all three of us who like our malt whiskies were blown away that we preferred the Japanese one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    A highland speyside, a peaty island, an Islay and a Lowland would be the geographical choice. Personal I wouldnt bother with the Lowland (it'll end up being Glenkinchie (does Auchentoshan count as a Lowland?) GK is malt for people who don't like whisky in my opinion).

    A cask aged one for the fourth is a good idea.
    Canít agree on lowland malts. Bladnoch, for example, is ******g gorgious.

    Donít get too cauggt up with regional characteristics they donít always follow.

    Iím massively fond of whisky and my advice would be not to overthink it. Pick a few and remember the ones you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    We did a very unsophisticated blind tasting last year (on top of a meal and quite a few pints, just pick our favourite malt of three, multiple rounds, was a bit messy) and all three of us who like our malt whiskies were blown away that we preferred the Japanese one.
    Some of the Japanese whiskies are blended to go with Japanese food and can be brilliant as a long cold drink with soda. So can some of the Scottish blends that originated when they were breaking into the US market in the 20s and 30s courtesy of the Kennedys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    I done a few in my old work. To make it a bit different I used to do a guided tasting of 2 contrasting malts (usually something like a Laphroaig and a Glenfarclas). Then I'd give a further 3 blind and give them the tasting notes and challenge them to match the whisky to the notes. I usually had something else notably peated like a Talikser or Ardbeg, something like a Clynelish which has a subtle smoke and is quite complex and then either throw in an outlier like a single grain or a single cask.
    Clynelish is my favourite.

    Iím quite fond of Royal Bracla as well (thatís Macbethís malt)

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    The last time I was at a testing, my favourite was Glen Scotia Double Cask from Campbelltown. I prefer non peaty malts and after my all time favourite,Highland Park, this one is now next in line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim44 View Post
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    The last time I was at a testing, my favourite was Glen Scotia Double Cask from Campbelltown. I prefer non peaty malts and after my all time favourite,Highland Park, this one is now next in line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    Due to me prattling on about malt whisky, I've been asked to arrange a tasting for some guys at my golf club.

    Has anyone done something like that before and which whiskies did you use?

    I'm thinking 4, 5 max, malts would be sufficient to show some of the the different styles available because the palate would struggle to cope with more, but I'm not sure what to choose.

    I'm considering choosing The Macallan, Laphroaig and maybe a cask strength malt, but I could do with other suggestions.

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    I previously did Whisky tasting in Amsterdam.
    Stick to maybe 5. Stronger tasting last.
    If you have really oaky first...they wont taste the rest.

    Have a couple of minutes talk about the background of it,what flavours to expect with each.
    I personally just spoke about each for a couple of minutes,drink them together,pass the bottle round(so they can see it)

    I found its actually very easy todo...and alot of fun.

    By the times everyones on 5....everyone is having a great time. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim44 View Post
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    The last time I was at a testing, my favourite was Glen Scotia Double Cask from Campbelltown. I prefer non peaty malts and after my all time favourite,Highland Park, this one is now next in line.
    Highland Park is a bit peaty.

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    Off topic advice needed.

    I'm not a whisky drinker, but I've accumulated a lot of bottles over the years. I'd like to give them away, but have no idea how to. Charity shops and the likes are obviously a no-no.

    Anybody know of a home for retired bottles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Off topic advice needed.

    I'm not a whisky drinker, but I've accumulated a lot of bottles over the years. I'd like to give them away, but have no idea how to. Charity shops and the likes are obviously a no-no.

    Anybody know of a home for retired bottles?

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    Stay away from the vintage stuff, though

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...iness-46566703

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    Quote Originally Posted by CropleyWasGod View Post
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    Off topic advice needed.

    I'm not a whisky drinker, but I've accumulated a lot of bottles over the years. I'd like to give them away, but have no idea how to. Charity shops and the likes are obviously a no-no.

    Anybody know of a home for retired bottles?

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    Do you know anyone that drinks whisky? Or ever have social events at your house where you can try to encourage people to consume it rather than the stuff you do like?

    If it's unopened you could probably sell them somewhere (they might be worth a bit if they're rare ones you've acquired) like Ebay/Gumtree.
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...iness-46618914

    This looks interesting. Their vodka is absolutely outstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...iness-46618914

    This looks interesting. Their vodka is absolutely outstanding.
    Rye whisky is good stuff. It can easily stand up to being mixed with coke or even Dr. Pepper. OK neat as well sometimes.

    Rye is required in a manhattan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colr View Post
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    Rye whisky is good stuff. It can easily stand up to being mixed with coke or even Dr. Pepper. OK neat as well sometimes.

    Rye is required in a manhattan
    I'm not going to pay £10 for a dram then mix it with cola.

    Some folk can afford to do that,I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    I'm not going to pay £10 for a dram then mix it with cola.

    Some folk can afford to do that,I guess.
    Some American ryes are quite dear as well. Good thing about rye is you can taste it through the cola whereas most scotch gets lost even the scotch blends which were made for the US market in the 20s and 30s like Cutty Sark

    That said I wonít be spending £250 on a bottle

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