What a way to kick off Scotch & Sofa! We held our first tasting event Friday night, and there's no better way to start exploring the beautiful, complex, and diverse world of whiskies than to begin with single malt scotch (with a malt blend thrown in at the end for fun!).
We started with the Speyside Glenlivet 12 (ABV 40%), a soft, sweet, malt that got us rolling. Representing the Highlands was a classic Glenmorangie 10 (ABV 43%), which by the look of the bottle at the end of the night was the favorite for many and/or the intense few.
Moving on to the smokier stuff, we were lucky enough to get our hands on an independently bottled Talisker 6 (ABV 50%). Non-chill filtered, non-colored, single cask, and bottled at 50%, this bottle from the Isle of Skye was a great find, and I'm planning to get another bottle to keep for another special night.
The Caol Ila 12 (ABV 43%) brought that distinct rich, oily, peaty Islay flavor. Usually used in blends, we took great pleasure in tasting one of the distillery's core expressions. Perhaps not as intensely peaty as its Islay neighbors, the Caol Ila was a great introduction to exploring other Islay whiskies.
Lastly, we decided to break out a blended malt whisky because why not. The Johnnie Walker Green Label (ABV 43%) marries together whiskies from the regions we just tried, including Talisker and Caol Ila, so we had to break into this bottle. We didn't have a Linkwood or Cragganmore on hand that night, but thankfully this bottle is a 1L so we have plenty left over to do a side-by-side tasting with its components at an upcoming tasting.
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