Step One, Take a Sip
Take a small sip as you would anything. You will never experience this initial reaction again. Note it.
Step Two, Take another sip and hold it
Hold it in your mouth a minimum of 10 seconds or as many seconds as the age of the spirit. Swallow just a little bit of that initial sip and hold the rest. Repeat every 10 seconds. You should enjoy about 3 – 5 experiences from your one sip due to saliva. This process acclimates your mouth to the alcohol.
Step Three, Taste it again
Taste it again. This time you should be able to pick up more of the subtle flavors in the whiskey. Oil, vanilla, smoke, spice, fruit, caramel, etc. Make note of what you like.
Step Four, Now smell it
Now smell it with your mouth slightly open. Relax and enjoy the rest. Make note of what you liked and didn’t like and let our tasting experts help you with your next selection.