So, how do people run whiskey tasting parties?
I'd like to host one -- a small one, with maybe three or four guests -- but also want to make sure everyone gets home safely! It would also be nice to record the event as a podcast.
I'd go in order of pungency of flavor and (approximate) expense. We'd have small servings with breaks in between.
The menu might consist of something like:
The Tyrconnell (an Irish whiskey, representing mild Irish single malts in general)
Glennfiddich 12 (representing the malty/vanilla/caramel flavors)
Bunnahabhain 12 (a very mild and uncharacteristic Islay whisky, a good example of that nutty/oily texture, apple, coconut, and some other elusive flavors)
Glenmorangie La Santa (representing sherry cask-aged whisky, with that maple-ish flavor)
The Balvenie Portwood 21 (representing port cask-aged whisky, and with the best nose of any whisky I've tasted to date, although the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban is also very good, with elusive chocolate and mint notes, and costs a lot less)
Caol Ila 12 (representing Islay whiskies on the slightly milder side, with those great mandarin orange and dark chocolate notes)
Lagavulin 16 (representing the iconic peaty/phenolic Islay flavors, and a good place to stop because anything you won't be able to clearly taste anything else for quite some time afterwards!)
Dumb idea? Great idea?