Category Archives: Tasting

Picking Your (Friend’s) First Bottle of Scotch

Whenever a friend who doesn’t drink a lot of Scotch finds out I have a blog about Scotch, they want me to help them get into it. I’m all for being an ambassador! But rather than repeat myself over and … Continue reading

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Glenlivet’s Tasting Room “Torture Chamber”

I just read Alyssa Bereznak’s description of how she was introduced to Glenlivet Alpha by way of a sensory deprivation chamber and a process that I thought would be fun. She described it as a torture chamber! We were ordered … Continue reading

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Classic Malt’s Flavour Map

One of the reasons why I enjoy scotch so much has to do with the complex flavor profiles. It always amazes me how many subtleties there are in the spirit when you consider the main components are the same. When … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Glenlivet 12 with Science

Did you know that scotch is sometimes sold in 1.75L bottles? Until the other day, when I stumbled onto a 1.75L bottle of Glenlivet 12, I had no idea it came in such quantities. I enjoy Glenlivet 12, the packaging … Continue reading

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Put Your Hand Over The Glass

I don’t know where I read it but a great tip for helping you get a better nose of a scotch is to put your hand over the opening as you swirl it around. The act of swirling will lift … Continue reading

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Diluting Scotch with Water

When Scotch is taken directly from the cask, it’s at an alcohol by volume percentage known as “cask strength” or “barrel proof.” There is no standard for how strong “cask strength” is but most scotches are diluted down to around … Continue reading

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How To Expand Your Palate

When you read the tasting notes for a particular whiskey or scotch, you’ll probably see a lot of references you won’t recognize. You may know what a vanilla is but it may be difficult for you to pick out its … Continue reading

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The Senses in Tasting Scotch

When it comes to enjoy scotch and “tasting” it, many of your senses come into play. You can see the color of the scotch, you smell the aromatics as you swirl it in your glass, you taste the flavors that … Continue reading

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