Selected for tasting:
Dalwhinnie, 15 year old
Talisker, 10 yo
Cragganmore, 12 yo
Lagavulin, 16 yo
Oban, 14 yo
Glenkinchie, 12 yo
and returning favorite, Laphroig 10 yo
Traditional Scottish Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup
Hearty Grain Bread
Bibb lettuce salad with Lemon Tarragon Dressing
Baked Seafood Pie with Potato Crust
Strawberries with Cognac Glaze & Cream
Scottish Shortbread Fiddles
Saturday night was the second annual Scotch-tasting dinner. Last year it was here, but our driveway has been damaged by the snowplowing and isn’t fit for company. Banjo Man and I need to move some rocks and get out the shovels. Somehow we don’t seem to be in a lot of hurry to get out there in the mud and the snow and the ice. Go figure.
Bachelor Steve (who, he announced, will not be a bachelor much longer–congratulations!!) graciously agreed to host the dinner at his place, so Banjo Man and I brought all of the food. The cauliflower soup was transported in a crock pot, the seafood pies were preassembled in individual crocks and the asparagus was cooked on site. The strawberries were soaked in cognac ahead of time, which made it all easy.
One of us drank red wine and one of us drank margaritas, but the other six sipped whisky and gave opinions. Great fun!!!!!!
Dalwhinnie: mild, one of the favorites of the night
Cragganmore: Banjo Man liked this one the best
Glenkinchie: very strong, definitely needs water
Lagavulin: serious, tastes of “bandaids” and “dirty socks”, but other palates enjoyed the flavors
Oban: always good
Next winter we’re switching it up and testing bourbon. I’m just about out of Scottish menu ideas.