Whisky Tasting #1: Intro to Scotch

Victory! The very first (official) Cape Whisky Club tasting session was a roaring success, and without a doubt responsible for creating several new whisky enthusiasts.

For our inaugural tasting, we explored a number of whiskies often considered good introductions to the world of Scotch whisky. In this case, 2 blends and 2 single malts, each with 12-year age statements and glowing recommendations.

The Lineup

First up was Chivas Regal 12 and Johnnie Walker Black Label, two excellent step-up blends delivering extremely well integrated fruity and smoky flavours, respectively. Both of these were directly compared to Johnnie Walker Red Label so as to experience (to some extent) the effect of age, grain ratio and cask selection.

Then onto good old Glenfiddich 12, the first (and last!) port-of-call for many single malt drinkers. Glenfiddich, alongside its equally aged Glenlivet and Glenmorangie 10 are an excellent kickoff into the wider world of whisky and flavour exploration.

From there, the hit of the evening: Highland Park 12, an absolutely incredible experience for a bunch of novice whisky drinkers and the first faint glimmer into the influences of sherry casks and peated malt.

See you next time!

Photo by Scotch Punk

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