Is that what they call it, when all the whiskies are from a single distillery? A vertical tasting?
Anyway, I'm going to be involved in such a tasting, in a couple of months, and we're trying to decide which distillery would be the best one to explore. The basic expectations are first, the price - we know we can't stick to the cheap stuff, but it's got to be within reason. Second, the attendees will be a broad group of people, so we don't want want to exclude a large portion of them by doing a peaty Islay. Third, six whiskies.
My first thought was Glenlivet, but we just did them a couple of years ago. Bruichladdich has a wide variety of tastes, but their peaty ones are very peaty, so... maybe. Macallan, Glenmorangie and Aberlour have come to mind. And that's about it.
Our current frontrunner is Macallan. We're thinking two Fine Oaks (12 and 15?), an independent and three sherry maturations (12, 18, Cask Strength?). The prices of the bottles are not unreasonable for anything less than 18-year. Wasn't there a 15-year sherry version? I'd swear I had that a couple of years ago.
Of the aforementioned Glenmorangie and Aberlour, I'm not sure what the appropriate offerings would be, but it seems they have several to choose from. Can anyone tell me if any of these would be reasonable, and what we might be looking for? Or any other distilleries to investigate? Suggestions, anyone?