February 29, 2016 • FOOD, PARTIES

Here’s What to Serve at a Whiskey Tasting


Outtakes from our Draper James whiskey tasting. All by Amy Cherry.

We’ve got whiskey tastings covered, from how to decorate, to what to eat, to what to wear and serve for dessert. Now comes the the ultra-important part: which whiskeys to serve.

Katie Jacobs, who co-hosted our whiskey tasting with us, recommends the list below. “These are some great whiskeys for including in a tasting,” she says. “They boast a variety of flavors and are at all ends of the spectrum when it comes to price.”

“When serving, start with the lighter, milder whiskies while your taste buds are still unaffected and can better detect the subtle aromas,” suggests Katie. “Then proceed to the stronger whiskies, as their aroma often still lingers in the mouth long after the tasting and affects everything you try afterwards.”

Whiskeys Fit for a Tasting
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Years Old
Jim Beam Single Barrel
Bulleit Bourbon 10 Year Old
E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof
Jefferson’s Reserve
Willett Pot Still Reserve
Chattanooga Whiskey Co. 1816 Cask
Blanton’s The Original Single-Barrel