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How To Taste Whisky Guide
Whisky is made from fermented grain, that is distilled, and then matured in Oak Casks.
Your kit includes:
- Sipping Samples (1 ounce each)
- Tasting Notes
- Souvenir Tasting Glass
- Water Dropper (A distilled or filtered water is also good to have on hand for adding drops of water to your whisky sample)
Wash your tasting glass & dropper
Only pour a quarter of this sample into your glass.
Save the rest for later to come back and try again!
We recommend having something to eat before the tasting (not too much though) as it is best not to be drinking on an empty stomach.
Suggested foods to have available to reset your palate between samples:
Plain neutral flavored bread
A distilled or filtered water is also good to have on hand for adding drops of water to your whisky sample
The flavors can be softer and sweeter if you take sips of water between your sips of whisky
Should you add ice?
This is all personal preference. The ice will cool the whisky and will dilute it. Ice is better used in a cocktail or full pour rather than a tasting. However, we will not tell you how to enjoy your whisky – add ice if you would like ice!!
Smell the sample as the olfactory is much more sensitive than the tastebuds and is an especially important part of the sensory perception.
Try keeping your mouth open as this can help dissipate the ethanal which will cause the alcohol burn.
Experiment a little to see what works best for you.
Move your nose around and see if you get different aromas (the ethanol tends to be stronger on the edges of the glass.)
There are however some techniques to get more out of it that you may want to incorporate during a tasting.
When you spit or swallow the sample let the flavor linger in your mouth
See if the second taste brings a different experience or try adding drops of water for the second taste.
Adding water is especially useful for higher proof samples and could make the world of difference to your enjoyment. Cheers!!