Whether you are running a bar or entertaining some friends at home, you want your guests to have the best time possible. Of course, enjoying a few drinks can be a big part of that, but it is important for you as host to be able to help your guests to avoid overdoing it.
Malt whisky is known throughout the world as the preserve of gastronomes and enthusiasts, a category with a global image as the epitome of luxury, sophistication and good living. At home, particularly in Scotland, there is a slightly more ambiguous relationship with the native spirit, with malt being pigeon-holed by some along with beards, rambling, real ale and folk music. So which perception is right?
Cutting away the baggage, we find a spirit of exceptional variety, complexity and refinement; produced by a fascinating industry, with roots and traditions running back hundreds of years; widely available and, for the most part, competitively priced.
The whisky-making process is essentially quite simple. Small variations in the process are responsible for all the huge and splendid diversity of flavour and character that the category includes - perhaps more variety than any other spirit.
When a glass of malt whisky is put into your hand, it is fascinating to try to understand not just how it tastes, but why it tastes a certain way.