5 Golden Whisky Rules Every Drinker Should Know

1. Choose the Right Glassware

The type of glass you use can significantly affect your whisky experience. A tulip-shaped glass, like a Glencairn glass, is ideal for whisky. Its shape helps concentrate the aromas, allowing you to appreciate the whisky's nose fully.

2. Take Your Time to Nose the Whisky

Smelling the whisky (also known as "nosing") is a crucial part of the tasting experience. Before taking a sip, spend some time nosing the whisky. Gently swirl the glass to release the aromas and take slow, deep inhales.

3. Sip, Don’t Shoot

Whisky is meant to be savored, not rushed. Take small sips and let the whisky roll over your tongue to appreciate the complex flavors fully.

4. Add Water Sparingly

Adding a few drops of water to your whisky can open up its flavors and aromas, making it more enjoyable. However, do this sparingly. Start with just a few drops, taste, and then add more if needed.

5. Store Whisky Properly

Proper storage is essential to maintain the quality of your whisky. Keep your bottles upright to prevent the cork from coming into prolonged contact with the liquid, which can degrade the cork.