A whisky usually takes at least three years to mature before it can even be called whisky. But most single malt creators push these limits and do not skimp, aging their nectar for periods longer than a few decades.

Therefore, for reasons of respect both for the artisans and for the age of the whisky, it should be tasted appropriately. When I see someone getting scotch shootersI will be less inclined to want to make my best friend.

So here are a few points of advice to help you appreciate to their maximum the whiskys of this world.

  1. Choose an appropriate glass. Not necessarily a Glencairnbut at least one with a bulb at the bottom and a narrow neck to concentrate the aromas. A small cognac or brandy balloon is just fine.

  2. To hell with ice cubes. Try at least once without. The ice will melt and dilute the whiskey. It will also numb cold lips and tongue. You will miss out on many flavors. Other schools of thought favor the addition of a few drops of water, preferably from the original source near the distillery, causing a chemical reaction to bring out other flavors.

  3. First step, visual contemplation. Look at the color of your whisky, clues can already be given to you. A pale complexion may show aging in bourbon casks, while a darker tone may mean sherry or European oak for example. And besides, it's beautiful.

  4. The nose. Feel, smell, sniff. You can never spend too much time at this stage. Some subtle smells will come out later. Olfactory memories are very strong and personalize the experience. There are no wrong answers.

  5. We taste with a few drops. Let the whisky line your mouth, feel its weight on the tongue, play with it without rinsing your mouth too much, keep it up to the threshold of the alcohol burn. Do not worry, your taste buds will strengthen with experience.

  6. Swallow it. What remains of his passage? Vapors, tastes, aromas. Mild or strong? Short or long?

  7. Return to step 4 and try again. Other aromas and sensations will open.

  8. Take notes if you feel like it. Identify your preferences. What is your favorite afternoon whisky? Sipping? Digestive? Between friends? Alone? To seduce? To escape? To get drunk? To play Nintendo?

In the end if there is a lesson to be learned from all this, it is that in the end, there is no bad way to drink your whisky, after all at the price you pay for it, you may drink it the way you damn want to ...

Slàinte friends ...