The ever-growing popularity of our Single Malt Club saw our first Summer month event, last week, as we explored whiskies deemed well suited to sipping on Summer evenings, rather than sat by the fire on a wet and windy night. The brief meant I eschewed peat, and the lovely stewed fruit and coffee flavours from sherry casks, when choosing the malts. Instead, I went for more delicate, fresh-tasting whiskies from Speyside and the isles along the warmer west coast.

As usual, each malt was also paired by the kitchen with a delicious nibble. Highlights were the salted almond brittle dark chocolate, which was paired with Bruichladdich's Organic Scottish Barely (brought back from my recent trip to Islay), and our home-cured duck ham, which was paired with the 18-year-old from the often underrated Arran distillery. Both whiskies admirably matched the bold and complex flavours in their matched canapes, much to everyone's enjoyment.

Also tasted on the night was a Tomintoul 14-year-old, which showed rich hints of vanilla and spice from the bourbon barrels, and harmonised perfectly with the apple turnovers supplied by the kitchen. A Tobermory bottled by the Boutique-y Whisky Company completed the whiskies supped on the night. With subtle salt and gorgeous honeyed melon flavours, it proved a bright and vibrant malt.

All told we had a great night, and are thoroughly looking forward to the next Single Malt Club on Wednesday 9th September, when we'll be exploring the Highland distilleries.