For those of you who appreciate a dram of ‘The Water of Life’ but want to learn more about whisky, The Scotch Whisky Experience show you how to taste and appreciate every last drop. Here are their top tips for whisky tasting:
By holding your glass up to the light, you’ll be able to make an educated guess at the type of cask in which the whisky has been matured, as well as the age of the whisky. American ex bourbon casks contribute a light, bright gold whereas European ex sherry casks will give deeper hues.
Swirl the whisky around the glass, allow it to coat the sides and watch as the droplets form “legs”. If the legs are thin, then the whisky is light bodied, whereas thicker legs indicate a full-bodied, oilier whisky.
When nosing whisky you should always add water to open up the aromas and really get the full character of the dram. Keep your mouth open slightly when nosing the whisky and nose it two or three times, identifying as many aromas as possible.
Your nose is far more sensitive than your palate; however, your tastebuds will confirm aromas and flavours, especially spicy characteristics and sweet, salty, bitter and sour flavours. Enjoy the mouth feel of the whisky – is it light and refreshing or rich and oily?
Be sure to appreciate the finish of the whisky. How long after you drink it can you taste it? Does it disappear quickly or are you left with a long lingering finish?
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