Inspired by a tale of a Bruderhof recipe (see here), I’ve been sampling different scotch & port combinations. The cocktail is simple:

  • 2 parts scotch
  • 1 part tawny port

This cocktail is a precursor in flavor to the now-common technique of aging scotch in ruby port barrels or sherry casks. Many of those finished scotches can be very pricey, so one advantage of this cocktail is you can make a very affordable version, if you wish. To test that idea, I asked my wife to help me with a blind taste test on a quest to find the best-tasting affordable combo. We started with the following four reasonably-priced ingredient options:

  • Dewar's White Label
  • Johnny Walker Red Label
  • Taylor Fladgate Fine Tawny Porto
  • Cockburn’s Fine Tawny Port

Here are the results:
  • First Place: Johnny Walker Red Label & Taylor Fladgate Fine Tawny Porto
  • Runner-Up: Dewar's White Label and & Taylor Fladgate Fine Tawny Porto
  • Honorable Mention: Johnny Walker Red Label & Cockburn’s Fine Tawny Port
  • Last place: Dewar's White Label & Cockburn’s Fine Tawny Port

All of the first three were interesting and complex enough to be a satisfying cocktail. The final combination is not recommended.

In the future, I will test the winning combination against some other reasonable combinations. I am also considering adding a dash of bitters.

What do you think? Any combinations you would want to try?