Being a lady I can tell you one thing for sure, it’s a wonderful feeling when you receive a compliment. You enter the venue and people turn to give the “you look pretty” smile – it just makes your day! The hour spent choosing the perfect dress, putting up makeup, selecting the right shoe, all seems like time well utilized. It is not just about looking good it’s about getting appreciated for your effort.
Every effort needs appreciation, especially something like Black Dog Scotch Whiskey for the amount of craftsmanship that goes into making this blissful drink. For me, the best way to do it is by drinking it right!
Enjoying it the way it could give you the best of it and you could unwind and relax in the company of this timeless drink.
Pour it right! – Choose a glass that tapers at the top, like a wine glass, tulip glass, or brandy snifter. These are among the best. Pour at least 1 ounce (or one shot-glass full: about 1.5 ounces) of scotch into the glass. Swirl it gently, like a glass of wine, to release some volatile vapors and also to see how viscous it is.
Enjoy the Aroma – Some say that most of the pleasure in tasting whisky is actually in the smelling of it. There are hundreds of thousands of volatile compounds present in whisky, and many of them can only be detected by our olfactory senses. Position your nose about one inch above the rim of the glass and tilt the glass slightly towards yourself. Carefully draw air into your nose, if you start to feel a prickle or burn in your nostrils, pull the glass back a little. If you don’t smell much, try sticking your nose further into the glass, or tilting the liquid closer. Concentrate on the smells and try to pick out individual aromas or notes. Spend at least a minute adjusting the position of the glass and your nose to draw out all of the aromas. Occasionally give the glass a swirl to release more of those volatile compounds.
The First Sip – For your first taste, just sip a small amount of whisky, only enough to cover the surface of your tongue. Now this is important: Hold the whisky in your mouth for at least 10 seconds! Count in your head if you need to. If you’re not used to straight spirits, this will definitely ‘burn’ on your tongue, and make your eyes water. Stick with it. After several seconds you should notice the burn abates, and you should begin to taste the sweetness of the whisky. Swirl it around your mouth, making sure to cover all of the surface of your tongue. Again, try pick out individual flavors. Now you can swallow it.
Finish – If you held the whisky in your mouth for at least 10 seconds, you should notice that it goes down ‘smooth’, without burning your throat. Even expensive single-malt will ‘burn’ your throat if you sip and swallow immediately. Open your mouth and breathe slowly out. Notice the flavors that remain on your tongue, gums, and the walls of your mouth. This is called the ‘finish’, and can last anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. Now breathe gently in, and notice that some of the volatile aromas can be ‘tasted’.
Explore! – Now that you know how to smell and taste whisky, experiment! Try holding a slightly larger sip of whisky in your mouth, tilt your head back a little, and breathe (VERY) gently in through your mouth. This takes a little practice to avoid choking, but can illuminate more of the hard-to-identify flavors by aerating them. Try different glasses to see how the aroma varies.
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