For all its islay’d nuances, and its highland heritage steeped in peet and thievery, scotch is actually a simple proposition.
It tastes damn good.
Appreciate that taste — and all of scotch’s brown and amber complexities — at The Brandy Library, now taking group reservations for private tastings.
Your choices include a standard 2.5-hour scotch class, or a session on “Rare & Precious Scotch,” where sipping a discontinued 27-year-old malt from the Scottish Highlands’ highest village isn’t uncommon.
Each tasting begins with a cocktail of the night’s chosen hooch, then Desoblin takes you through tasting “flights” where you’ll learn to distinguish brands with the aid of water droppers or barrel shards — so you can sniff what a difference Japanese or Spanish oak makes.
You’ll also get schooled on regional differences, and how to buy your spirits smartly.
Because knowing, as they say, is half the bottle.