Guide to Tasting at a Whisky Festival
Remember to spend the night nosing and sipping. The samples are sized in order to nose the spirits and only a portion of the sample is needed to experience the flavor profile.
Let’s do the math: Pours are a quarter ounce. Three ounces in one hour would be 12 samples and the equivalent of two drinks. This should be your maximum consumption per hour and possibly less. This would equate to 36 samples for a three hour event (36 of about 150 whiskies). Consume half your sample and you can taste 24 whiskies per hour or 72 in three hours. Although this is an excellent sampling of the whiskies present we would not recommend sampling this many as your senses will be burned and numbed after the first hour. To maximize your experience, sip enough to coat your tongue. Wash the spirit around your mouth for a few seconds and rinse it back into your glass and then dump to a dump bucket. This is the manor of a seasoned professional and takes practice. Realistically we know you’ll be swallowing some whisky. When the buzz hits, take a break and get something to eat. There is plenty of time, plenty of whisky and plenty of food. Be sure to take a drink of water between each sample of whisky.
Whiskies of the World® guide to writing tasting notes
The following is a guide for evaluating and tasting whisky.
Additional characteristics are described in the references section.
Description References: Aroma and flavor Characteristic
Fruity / Floral (Estery)