How to Drink Scotch

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For those of you who are new to drinking scotch, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you look like you know what you’re doing the next time you sit down to enjoy this smooth amber liquid. 

1. Choose the right glass.

Choosing the right glass will enhance the whisky experience. Tulip shaped glasses are the most preferred glasses which allows the whisky to be swirled, without spilling, along with helping the aroma of the whisky get concentrated near the neck of the glass.

2. Pour a small amount of whisky in the glass and then swirl it.

Swirling causes a small amount of whisky to stick to the sides of the glass, which allows the spirit to breathe, further enhancing its taste and texture. 

3. Nose the whisky by bringing the glass close to the nose and inhaling slowly and deeply. The first nose will be of alcohol, and from the second one, you should be able to identify some of the flavours;

  • Smokiness– This includes the peatiness, of the malted barley which is thrown over the peat fire.
  • Saltiness-Many scotch whiskies have a maritime smell which contributes to its saltiness.
  • Fruitiness- Includes the fruit flavour similar to red and white wines.
  • Sweetness- Includes the sweet confectionery smells of caramel, vanilla, toffee and/or honey tones.
  • Woodiness– The strength of the oak smell within the whisky.

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4. Take a small sip and coat the tongue with the liquor such that one tastes the flavours of the whisky.

5. Savor the finish by swallowing the whisky and trying to decipher the flavours in the aftertaste.

This is referred to as finish. Elegant whiskies have a pleasant complexity.

Look out for our Guide to Champagne – coming soon.

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