How to... best enjoy Scotch whisky



2015-06-26 11:50:08

How to... best enjoy Scotch whisky

David Stewart, Master Blender at William Grant & Sons, shows you how to taste a single malt

As Master Blender at William Grant & Sons distillers in Scotland, leading expert David Stewart has played an integral role in producing many of the best whiskies, including The Balvenie and Glenfiddich.

In theabove video, Jeremy Freed of Sharp Magazine, Canada's Magazine for Men, gets advice from David onthe best way tosample a Scotch single malt.

And, to accompany the above video, here isyour step-by-step guide on how to get the very best from the finest Scotch whiskies.

A fine scotch: the Balvenie 50-year-old A fine Scotch: the Balvenie 50-year-old

  1. Drink from a tulip-shaped nosing glass

These tall glasses are specially shaped to concentrate the aroma of the whisky towards your noseso that smell,very important when tasting whisky, isn't sacrificed.

  1. Add pure still water

Don't add ice, and certainly don't add a mixer. Instead,mix pure still waterwith your whisky so that it'sroughly two parts whisky, one part water.

Most single malts generally contain about 25-30% alcohol, with some whiskies containing as much as 70-80%.

These alcohollevels need to be brought down for you to properly enjoy your whisky, and still water is the best way to bring outthe whisky'strue character.

Gently shake the glass to mix the two liquids together.

  1. Don't swallow it straight away

Instead, swill the whisky around your mouth. Many of the best whiskies offer a sensation of different flavours - for instance, the dried fruit and spice of The Balvenie. Give these flavours a chance to wash against the roof of your mouth.

Ideally, the taste should linger in your mouth after swallowing, with the warmth and taste remaining for 30 seconds up to a minute.

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