I've arranged a whisky tasting evening this weekend for a few friend. I'm keen to introduce them to some nice single malts. Some of them know a few whiskies, others not so many.
I'm very much an Islay man so far, and my collection (growing at 25 bottles) reflects that, so it makes sense to have an Islay theme going on.
I'm thinking of going with 5 or 6 bottles at the moment, and keeping to more standard expressions; i've got some pricier ones (Uigedail, Airigh Nam Beist etc), which I want to save for a special occasion, but plenty of more standard bottles to pick from.
Would be interested in thoughts on the below selection:
1) Caol Ila 12yo
2) Highland Park 12
3) Lagavulin 16
4) Ardbeg 12
5) Laphroaig 10 (and maybe QC too)
6) Talisker 10
I've got Jura (Origins and Superstition) too, but thought the above would be a good introduction to Islay!
Any thoughts on selection? Order to drink them etc?
I'm going to do a couple of printed-out sheets for each whisky, covered in descriptive words (which I can glean from many online whisky reviews) so folks can circle the words that describe that whisky to them. Could be interesting to see how similar they get, or not - depending on peoples tastes I guess!
Thanks in advance!