Host a whisky tasting night
Whisky tasting is a must-do activity at your whisky themed party. It’s a fairly low maintenance activity for you to organise, but will provide heaps of entertainment for your guests.
You definitely do not need to be a whisky expert to taste whisky, and all your friends will be able to get involved.
We recommend that you read our guide on how to drink whisky first of all, which will clear up any myths on whisky tasting. But to recap – there’s no right or wrong way to taste whisky. It’s all about being open minded and seeing what your unique palate picks out. Whatever you can taste – well, that’s the “right” answer.
Begin by choosing several bottles from our whisky range to bring a whisky tasting element into your whisky themed party. We suggest that you opt for our original, Ballantine’s Finest, some options from the Ballantine’s Iconic Whisky Collection such as Ballantine’s 21 Year Old, plus a bottle or two from Ballantine’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection, such as Miltonduff 15 Year Old Single Malt.
What bottles you pick is totally up to you, the aim is just to create a varied selection.
Decant each whisky into a different bottle or carafe, so that guests won’t know which is which (but make sure you, the host, have a way to identify them discreetly!), that way they’ll have no expectations on how they will taste, and nothing to influence their palate.
You can make this activity as simple or interactive as you like. If you take the simple route, each guest will taste the same whisky together, and jot down what they smell, taste and feel. Then compare opinions and reveal which whisky is which at the end.
Make sure to have a great playlist to accompany the whisky tasting party, and remember to provide different drinks between whiskies so that guests can cleanse their palates. We would say water, but hey, it’s a party – so whatever floats their boat.