When amassing a selection of Scotch whisky to taste for the evening, a host can go one of two ways: offer a crowd-pleasing variety from each of Scotland's five whisky-producing regions (including Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Campbeltown and highly peated Islay whiskies), or provide different age expressions or products from the same distillery for comparison's sake. Either way, stick with single malt Scotch (i.e. liquid distilled from a malted barley mash at a single distillery) and limit the flight to six to eight whiskies in total.
Obtain Proper Glassware
No one wants to drink elegant, expensive Scotch out of a glass boot or a plastic sippy cup. Not only does proper glassware look worthy of the precious liquid it contains, it will also serve the important function of allowing for aeration and optimal delivery to your nose and mouth. You can give these beverages the respect they deserve with a rocks glass, a tumbler or even a shot glass—but perhaps the perfect vessel is the Glencairn glass, the shape of which will maximize the aroma, taste and sight of your finest drams.
Invite the Right Crowd
Extensive whisky drinking experience is anything but a requirement—much of the fun will be comparing notes with those who have a fresh, uninformed perspective. But those who attend your gathering should be willing to at least attempt to savor the nuanced aromas and flavors of each beverage, not toss them back like pledging frat bros.