Video: Tips on How To Appreciate Whisky

A bit long at 4+ minutes, but not bad advice. Basic takeaways: 1) Use the right glass; 2) use your nose; 3) add a splash of water (not ice) to “open the nose”; 4) hold the whisky in the mouth and swish it around to cover the tongue and pallet before swallowing; 5) pay attention to the balance of flavors (sweet, sour, salty and bitter).

I’d add that the nose, or smell, of the whisky is decisive. The olfactory glands can distinguish 32 smells, compared to just four flavours detected by the tongue. Inhale as you sip, and draw up the air through the nose. This creates very intense flavours, not only for whisky, but for wine or any other liquor.

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~ by whisky1 on August 15, 2008.

3 Responses to “Video: Tips on How To Appreciate Whisky”

  1. […] followed the video advice given earlier on Scotchtalk.com, coating the tongue liberally and sniffing heartily, and I was not disappointed except for the lack […]

  2. […] in taste and color.  Very light in the mouth with out being very prickly (liked that term from the tasting video) or hot.  The nose was a little disappointing but when opened up you could get a hint of sweetness […]

  3. […] in taste and color. Very light in the mouth with out being very prickly (liked that term from the tasting video) or hot. The nose was a little disappointing but when opened up you could get a hint of sweetness […]

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