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Top things to know about tasting Whisky

written by gregor September 3, 2017

Tasting any type of Whisky is a personal experience and there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to what aromas and flavors you’re able to identify in the process. These days, Whisky with its unique combination of flavors and aromas makes it a favorite spirit for many people. Just like with wine, though, Whisky’s complex flavor profile is best appreciated if you taste it slowly and methodically.

Here are the basic steps of tasting Whisky so you’re able to enjoy the experience and discover your personal preferences.

The glass

The kind of glass that you use will help your cause greatly. It is best to use one that has a narrow opening as this will channel and concentrate the fragrances (aromas) of the Whisky towards your nostrils. This sort of glass is known as a snifter, yet a comparable formed wine or liquor glass would work similarly also. Some accompany an extra glass plate (as observed over) that is set over the highest point of the glass and traps the smells. Glasses, for example, tumblers or those with a wide edge ought to be kept away from for tasting purposes, as the smells disseminate too rapidly. These ought to be utilized for the sole purpose of drinking Whisky, pure, with ice or when less investigation is required.


The water

It is all down to individual taste. Start tasting Whisky in its pure state first and afterwards include water as this can additionally release flavors and many-sided qualities, particularly in higher liquor level or barrel quality Whiskies. Adding water needs to be done in stages: Firstly, smell and taste the Whisky, then add a drop of water at a time to reveal the desired aromas. You can do this using either a pipette or a straw. The water you add should be slightly cool or of moderate temperature so as not to disrupt the Whisky too much. The aim is to be able to open up the Whisky rather than to dilute it or worse, break its structure or texture.

Should I add Ice?

No, as ice makes the temperature of the Whisky drop rapidly thus restraining a portion of its attributes from developing.


The appearance

Tasting favors quality over amount and a couple of centiliters of Whisky is sufficient. Whisky ought to be served at room temperature, near 18°- 22°C.Tilt the glass sideways and turn it to make a total circle. Along these lines you guarantee that the Whisky is very much circulated over the entire internal surface of the bowl.

The attributes to watch for are:

The color and therefore perhaps the sort of barrel/cask utilized for maturing the Whisky, or even its age. Whisky can range from pale straw to vibrant amber or deep, nut-like brown. Usually, the darker the color, the more concentrated the flavor.

The clarity/opacity

– The thickness/viscosity Watching the legs (or tears) of a Whisky, and the gradualness with which they fall, empowers you to survey its liquor/alcohol content. Truth be told, these legs are the consequence of the distinction in surface strain between the liquor and the water contained in the whisky (the Marangoni impact).

When you have watched the Whisky, stand the glass upright again and wait for a couple of minutes to enable the fragrances/aromas to become concentrated.


The nose

This is the one of the most important senses to assess the aromas developing from the Whisky before tasting it. Pour a sensible measure of Whisky into the glass and twirl it around for a brief span to oxygenate the liquid. This is vital, as the Whisky has been aged in a barrel or a container for the greater part of its life until this point and needs a little time to convey what needs be and begin to reveal its actual qualities.

When you have twirled, thus enabled the Whisky to settle, your first aromas won’t be loaded with alcohol. Take a note of the color appearance – holding it against a white foundation is a decent tip. Then put your nose to the glass and breathe in, giving the bouquet a chance to course around your nostrils. Repeat this three or four times and consider what the aromas help you to remember – are they light, crisp, substantial, rich, fruity, botanical, zesty, smoky and so forth? You will frequently find that your first sniff will be loaded with alcohol and that you may not get much. Be that as it may be. Nevertheless, the second, third and fourth sniffs ought to uncover more fragrance each time as your nostrils get used to the high quality of the Whisky from this, attempt to foresee what the essence of the Whisky will resemble.



The sense of taste

Begin with a little sip. Keep your lips puckered in an “O” shape, and slide your tongue against your lips to move the Whisky around. Try not to attempt to search for a specific flavor; simply observe what notes you distinguish.

Then roll the Whisky in your mouth. After your initial taste, move the Whisky forward and backward in your mouth like you are gargling with it. Try not to do it too rapidly or you will most likely be unable to get the greater part of the Whisky’s flavors. In general, you should hold the Whisky in your mouth for around 30 seconds before you swallow it to really take in all part of its savor. The taste would likely feel woodsy and hot/spicy. Contingent upon the kind of Whisky, you may likewise taste insights of citrus, nuttiness, caramel, and different flavors.


The finish

Swallow the Whisky and focus to the finish. Once you’ve moved the Whisky around a little and have gotten a good taste of it, you can swallow it down. The burning feeling that you experience as it goes down is known as “the finish”. When you get passed the alcoholic burn, at that point various flavors can uncover themselves, some of which can be greatly subtile. The list can be broad, however attempt to relate the impressions and sensations to things that you have experienced previously.

Additionally, ask yourself whether the flavors stay for a short, medium or long time. This is known as the length of finish:

  • A long finish lingers in the mouth so the flavors remains with you after you swallow the Whisky.
  • A short finish doesn’t linger long in the mouth so the flavors vanishes quickly.
  • A mellow finish has a smooth, lovely flavors.
  • An unpleasant finish may have a bitter flavors or burn as it goes down.



If you use the steps above you will have a fantastic Whisky tasting experience. You will see that it doesn’t take long to get a good sense and feel for your Whisky preferences. Perhaps most importantly, get your friends around, go to a Whisky bar and enjoy the happening responsibly.

Sláinte! *) (That’s like the Gaelic version of cheers).

*) Sláinte or slàinte (SLAHN-chə) is a word literally translating as “health” in several Gaelic languages and is commonly used as a drinking toast in Ireland and Scotland.

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