There is something to be said for combining a good drink with good music. And when that combination happens to be a seriously good whisky and solid jazz? Hard to beat!
Often our whisky tasting sessions are accompanied by jazz music… curated and compiled by one of our members who once upon a time used to organise a large memorable jazz festival in Mumbai.
As my partner prepares for his upcoming show Bombay Jazz, I started to think about the different range of jazz styles, their mood and what whisky just might make a good match!
- Asian American Jazz or Japanese Jazz – Yes jazz with taiko drums or the mournful strains of the erhu exists… and cries out for a Japanese whisky like Yoichi
- Bosa Nova Jazz – Go for something a little sexy sweet like a Glendronach
- Blues jazz – Bourbon baby… nuff said!
- Indo-jazz – Why not go desi with whisky too? Reach out for a Paul John or Amrut…
- Jazz rock – Demands something more ‘straight up’ like a blended malt such as Monkey Shoulder or the ‘bad boy’ Wasmund’s
- Nu jazz – What about a quality NAS whisky from Kilchoman?
- Orchestral jazz – More sophisticated delicate like a Glenburgie or a classic Japanese whisky like a Hakushu 18 year
- Ragtime or Dixieland – Back to the US for Westland or Corsair Triple Smoke
- Soul jazz – Definitely calls for a little sultry smokey Bowmore’s Laimrig 15 year or a classic like Caol Ila
- Swing – Something lighter, fun but with substance… what about a Compass Box offering like Spice Tree
And when sax is being played live in your living room, rehearsing for an upcoming show, it is hard to not think of reaching out for a whisky….
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