Friday, December 16, 2016
Squid Mixes: Scotch and Soda
"Top 5 Scotch Whiskies for Beginners": Chivas Regal 12 Year Old, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old and Glenlivet 12 Year Old. The first is a blended whisky while the others are single malts. The difference? Single malt is made strictly from barley at a single distillery. A blended combines several single malts along with wheat and/or corn whiskies. Obviously, this a very modest sample for comparison but I would say that of what we've tasted, the single malts have more dimension than the blended. Mind you, the Chivas Regal was still most pleasant. Of the single malts, the Glenlivet was a bit sweeter.
As for pairing scotch with its classic mixer, the Chivas Regal is best. The nuances of the single malts were lost when diluted. It was still a pleasant drink with the Glenmorangie (see top photo) but better to save it for sipping.