Just two years ago I wrote a short column on Scotch Whisky, reviewing three different bottles. My reviews/tastes were enjoyed only by me. This time, however, I had a Scotch whisky tasting with the Great 8 guys.
We tasted Scotch from three different distilleries, all from the Highland region. This region has the most distilleries and has been subdivided into four areas, two of which are Speyside and Islands. We tasted each pour ‘neat’ (no water or ice added) then added a small ice cube to add a little water and to cool down the pour.
Adding the ice cube seems to mellow the flavor and brings out more depth. We all enjoyed Jura 16 the most.
Joel predicted we would favor the last one the most. I wonder if the Highland Park was tasted last would it have been favored? Anna tasted with us as well. She is a closet Scotch aficionado, thanks to her father.
After tasting the first three Scotches we sampled four more ‘off the record’. Two were from my solo tasting: Aberlour A’Bunadh cask strength and Lagavulin 16.
We also sampled Glenmorangie La Santa and Balvenie 21yr Portwood. The last two were the favored of the final four.
Stay tuned for our future ratings.