Tips to conduct a top-tier whisky tasting at home
One of the reasons that whisky has climbed to the top of the spirit and liquor world in the last few years has a lot to do with the amazing diversity of flavors and nuances available across the spectrum of options available.
World-class smallbatch distilleries and gigantic commercial operations alike are all looking for ways to differentiate the whisky that they bring to market, striving to create what they believe is the perfect version of this beloved spirit – and we are all better for it!
Conducting a whisky tasting at home (a real deal whisky tasting at that) is going to give you the opportunity to try a tremendous amount of whisky options, but also give your friends and fans of this spirit and opportunity to do the same as well.
There are a couple of things that you want to focus on to really knock this out of the park, but here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that!
Invite the right folks
Before you dive headfirst into coming up with the perfect “set list” of whisky to taste, you’ll want to think about the kind of people that will be invited, their interest in trying new whisky options, and just how adventurous or safe minded they are going to be when it comes to different whisky choices.
This will help you choose the right whisky to taste out while avoiding awkward situations or unhappy campers that had different expectations for how the night would play out.
Choose a theme and build your menu around that
With so many different whisky options to pick and choose from you’re going to need to find a way to winnow down your choices, and selecting a major “theme” to tie all of your whisky options together is a simple and straightforward way to do exactly that.
You may pick whisky from a specific region, whisky that utilizes core ingredients, whisky that is well known or not known at all, or something else entirely. The theme is all the way up to you, but you’ll also want to make sure that regardless of theme you choose all of your tastes are done “blind” so that the results of the tasting not as accurate as could be hoped for.
It’s not a bad idea to choose the right glassware for the whisky that you are going to taste out, either. You want to stick to between six and eight different whisky options as well, as going over that limit might have more people spending the night at your place then you have room for (not to mention everything will just kind of blend together when you go that deep)!