WELCOME TO YOUR WHISKEY TASTING
You are about to taste five different American whiskeys that showcase different flavor styles.
THE TRY WHISKEY BOOKLET
The English version of the 60-page booklet that is included in the set (in German) can be downloaded here.
PREPARING YOUR TASTING
You don't need much to taste it. Aside from the box with the whiskey and the glass pipette you just have to provide glasses. So-called nosing glasses are particularly suitable (see booklet page 51). If you don't have these on hand, you can also use a tumbler or a water glass.
You also may want to prepare some water and perhaps some breadsticks or some other neutral snack.
DRINKING WHISKEY STRAIGHT
I recommend tasting the whiskeys neat at room temperature first. So you can best taste the different flavors of the five bourbons & ryes. Especially with the high-proof whiskeys (Pikesville & Elijah Craig), it is sufficient to take a tiny sip.
Second, you can dilute the whiskeys with water using the glass pipette provided. Start gently, adding just a few drops to see how the flavor changes. If the high-proof is still too intense, gradually add a little more water.
HOW TO TASTE WHISKEY?
Very important when tasting gin: take your time!
FIRST SMELL THE WHISKEY
What aromas do you sense in the nose? Attention: it is possible that the alcohol will rise first in the nose and only then the aromas. Smell your way in slowly!
Don't swallow it straight away. Swish the whiskey in your mouth before swallowing it.
After swallowing, pay attention to the finish. You may discover new aromatic nuances.
DESCRIBING IS THE MOST DIFFICULT
What did you taste? Exchange ideas with the others. Very important: There is no right or wrong as the taste perception is very individual.