This weekend Vikki and I got a chance to go to a Scotch tasting event put on by the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society of America. It was held in the very lovely Ranier Club in Seattle. We had fun getting dressed up and hobnobbing over dinner, lots of Scotch, and cigars (although under WA state law, you couldn’t actually smoke the cigars ). While not an inexpensive event, it was an oppurtunity to try some Scotches I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. I’ve been known to buy the (very) occasional ~$100 bottle of Scotch, but $250 – $300 is pretty much out of my price range. Some of the real standouts were the Balvennie and Highland Park 30yr., the Balvennie 25yr., and a Talisker special addition 175th anniversay bottling. The kind of stuff that would run you $25–$30 a shot in a bar, if you could find it. The Macallan 17yr “Fine Oak” was also very nice, as was the Glenrothes “Special Reserve”.
Anyway, much fun, good food, good friends, and some truly amazing Scotch to boot. What’s not to like. If you get a chance, and you’re into such things, check out their calendar of events on the website for a venue near you.