Tasting Whisky The Right Way: 3 Steps

There is a lot more to whisky tasting than you think and if you want to get the best out of a whisky, then you should make the effort to taste the whisky properly. Ok so if you are tasting whisky, then, first of all, you will need a rare whisky to test out. There is nothing better than purchasing a rare whisky that will expand your knowledge and drink cabinet. It is important that you are using glasses specifically designed to capture the congeners and direct them towards your expectant nose.The perfect whisky glass is shaped like an elongated sherry glass with a stubby stem. The right glass will allow you to swirl and sniff – both very important aspects of the whisky tasting technique.

Have you watched whisky experts indulge in the art of whisky making? If you fancy tasting whisky, then it is important that you do it properly! The more whisky you drink, the better. 



If you have seen someone tasting whisky before you will know the nose plays a huge part in process. Start the process by swirling the whisky around the glass which we described earlier, that will release the aromas from the whisky. Once you have done this carefully bring it to your nose. Remember, the smell is extremely sensitive and you should not shove your nose into anything before checking the abv. Gently sniff the whisky and the nostagia from the bottle will come to you. Some whiskies have woody, musty smells others are more fruity. The smell of the bottle will give you a sense of this.


Now, it is time to taste the whisky.. This may seem obvious but different whiskies have different characteristics. Some whiskies are soft others may seem hot.  Some may seem dry and other are more refreshing. Have a think about this whisky, when you taste a whisky you should be introduced to the basic flavours courtesy of the tongue, these flavours should also develop. Your palate will reveal how the whisky is structured. A rare bottle of whisky has a Ibeginning, middle and end to this story. When are different tastes introduced? And does it have a satisfying conclusion?

Ask yourself the questions once you have tasted the whiksy: When are different tastes introduced? What tastes were included? Dry or smooth? Are there new flavours to be found now things have quietened down a bit?


How much water to add depends on personal preference. This is the part which is often forgotton. Taste the whisky again, but make sure that you add some water! Many people actually prefer to drink whisky with with water, however, this is down to personal taste. but when tasting. Adding a small amount of water can slightly develop the taste of the whisky. Water releases and reveals intricate workings of a whisky, giving the drinker a deeper insight into the taste of the dram. Adding water to whisky is highly reccomened and it can even help you to identify specific tastes.