Sharing is caring and everyone likes to share a dram with friends, whether it be with newbies or other fellow whisky aficionados. Before you do this, there are quite a few things that should be considered.
After all, you are sharing your own drams that you bought with your hard earned money. Follow these suggestions and it will help you and your friends to have the best possible experience.
1. Start with Food
Remember, you are drinking pure alcohol! You want to start with a solid foundation to soak up the alcohol that you will consume, as you don't want to do this on an empty stomach. If your guests are intoxicated too quickly, they will not have the full enjoyment that is desired.
The food should not be overly spicy, garlicky or intense on the palate, otherwise it will paralyze your taste buds and linger throughout the night. Stay away from garlic, chili seasonings and hot sauce.
Having an aperitif dram, light beer or a white wine will not hurt, but don't over do it.
2. Cleanse The Palate
To cleanse your palate between drams, serve bread, crackers and/or chocolate. Once again, nothing spicy or strong that could jeopardize your taste buds.
Have a pitcher of cooled still water for adding to the whisky and to drink in between. Also, have an extra empty pitcher ready in case, heaven forbid, one of your guests wants to discard a dram.
4. Don't Over Do It Early On
Even if you are convinced in your drinking capabilities, it is better to restrict the amount of whiskies in a tasting. Sooner or later you will notice the effect of the alcohol, and you don’t want your senses to be dimmed too early.
The number of whiskies in a tasting should not exceed five or six, even if you are tempted to show off all the great whiskies you might have in your collection.
5. Order Means Everything
We have had many discussions on whether or not the order in which you drink you whisky matters. We feel strongly that if you stick to these few tips, you will have a better experience.
- Low to High ABV - You don't want to start with cask strength whisky that could possibly numb your taste buds. Start with something around 43% ABV and work your way up. This will give your palate a nice little 'warm-up'.
- Mild to Strong - This refers to the general character of a whisky. I would recommend holding off on the stronger flavors which include heavily peated and sherried expressions.
6. Don’t Drink and Drive!
This should be self explanatory...so enjoy responsibly!
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