Whiskey lovers often go to great lengths to find the best single malt liquors. One of the pastimes a lot of whiskey enthusiasts partake in is whiskey tasting and there are thousands of varieties and brands just waiting to be tried.
There are many different ways that you can appreciate a whiskey and it is important to know this before you decide to pay for a whiskey tasting session. Here we provide some tips that you can help you to make the most of your whiskey tasting experience whether you’re looking for the experiences in whiskey tasting London has to offer or concentrating your search on other areas.
FIVE WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF WHISKEY TASTING
Look at the Colour
Before you taste the whiskey you should look at its colour. A whiskeys colour can vary significantly and if it has a fairly dark colour then this will usually mean it is older and more matured. The colour in whiskey usually comes from the barrel that it has being aged in and this will affect the taste.
Check the Barrel
Whiskeys pick up the colour and flavour of the barrel and some of the alcohols that have been stored in it previously. For example, a barrel that previously contained sherry or port will influence some of the colours and flavours of the whiskey that is now being aged in it so this is information you should look into.
Analyse the Aroma
When you are whisky tasting make sure that your also smell the whiskey before you taste it. Don’t put the glass too close to your nose but slowly raise the drink up and allow the smell to circulate naturally. This will allow you to experience the whiskeys’ individual aroma rather than just getting a pungent alcoholic smell – something which can help you evaluate the quality of the drink,
Taste in Small Quantities
Whiskeys are a popular spirit but this doesn’t mean you should taste it in large quantities. Whilst some varieties are quite smooth others will have a sharper taste so it is best to taste in small quantities. Drink the spirit neat and without ice as this will water down the taste and affect the temperature of the drink and take small sips.
Enjoy the Flavour
Finally, make sure you let the whiskey linger on your tongue for the flavours to evolve. This will ensure you are able to appreciate the drink fully and will help you find your preferred brands and varieties of whiskey.