How to Get the Most Out of Your Whisky Tasting
There is no wrong way to drink or taste whisky. As long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters.
However, there are many different variables that influence the taste of whisky and if you want to get the most out of your whisky, learning how each variable affects the flavour is paramount. Each variable draws out a different element of flavour, and it is important to know the variables so they can be controlled, giving you the best possible tasting whisky to your preference.
Surprisingly, the glass shape can significantly affect the taste of whisky. The basic sensation of flavour arises from a mix of taste and smell. Smell becomes even more important when tasting a beverage such as whisky because it imparts such a depth of complex flavours.
In a rocks glass (whisky tumbler) or cocktail glass, the flavours can often become muted in comparison to a whisky glass. This means these glasses are not ideal for nosing, but they don’t have to be. These glasses are perfect for you if you enjoy whisky in a cocktail.
The Glencairn whisky glass is a popular choice, with a ‘tulip-shaped wide base and slightly narrower top. Our personal favourite is the Denver & Liely, which optimises the base to body ratio. The wide base of these whisky glasses funnels the fumes of the whisky through the tapered opening, allowing for the full character of the whisky on the nose.
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