The ABC on how to begin tasting whisky
More specifically, how to taste the Scotch whisky better known as Scotch. Pay attention to our 5 steps to start.
1. Knowing where to start
With so much on offer in the market the task may seem a little complicated. It will take time to know what you might like. It is always best to start with the less complex whiskies with a lighter flavor profile and a smooth finish. For example, Blended scotch whisky is made with the best grains and malts to create a tolerant and well-balanced taste.
It is necessary to bear in mind that Scotch whiskies are divided according to their production regions, these are Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay. The Speyside region tends to produce heavier scotch than the light and mild whiskies of the Lowland region.
2. How to drink it
This is something very personal. It can be tasted in various ways, from dry to cocktails. But it is good to try to get used to it by starting to taste it dry.
-Neat (without ice).
-With ice or water. (This will reduce the percentage of alcohol and release the aromas of the whisky).
-Cocktails. Especially in Highball cocktails, refreshing and easy to prepare: ice, whisky, soda and citrus twist. Or taste the classics like the Old Fashioned or a Whisky Sour.
3. Attend tasting events and master classes
These events allow you to discover the variety of whisky in one session. You will be able to taste different whiskies and learn what you prefer, learn about whisky also about production facts, heritage, and craftsmanship. The classes or sessions will also help you develop your palate as this is one of the aspects we work on most in the tasting. Learn more about how whisky is made here.
Don’t be afraid to investigate and experiment with whisky by creating cocktails and discovering interesting flavour combinations. Also, don’t hesitate to mix different spirits in your cocktails such as using vermouth with whisky. Find out how to make Blended Scotch-based cocktails here.
5. Taste new whiskies
Once you have developed a more refined knowledge of Scotch whisky, investigate and discover whiskies from different origins in every corner of the world. Don’t hesitate to find out which whiskies are produced in the rest of the world, which can also be very interesting for your palate, as you will also venture into new flavor profiles. India and France have developed an interesting production of whisky in recent years to mention a few.
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.