Four ways to enjoy your whisky miniature samples
The biggest advantage in joining a whisky subscription service is that you are going to be provided with a bunch of whisky miniature samples every single month that you get to enjoy, opening up your whisky pallet and helping you experience types of whisky that you may never have had the chance to enjoy before.
At the same time, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting everything out of your whisky miniature samples as you can. Often times, these whisky miniature bottles have just enough in them for one or two glasses of whisky (and usually no more), so you’ll want to do your level best not to waste a drop.
Here are four of the best ways to enjoy your whisky every month it is delivered!
Many whisky tasting professionals (yes, this job exists – and yes, it’s a dream job for millions) agree that the “best” way to enjoy the whisky miniature bottles you get as part of your subscription is neat.
Allow your whisky bottles to come up to room temperature, pour them into a glass (ideally a wide bottom heavy glass, or a snifter), and then gently sip the spirit while taking time to enjoy everything that it brings to the table and your taste buds.
With a touch of water
Other professionals are going to tell you that just a drop of clear distilled or spring water has the ability to completely transform your whisky, opening up flavors that you wouldn’t have been able to enjoy otherwise – making it a critical edition to those special premium whisky miniature bottles you get every month.
A capful of room temperature water isn’t only going to open up the flavors of your whisky, but it’s also going to “dull” the impact of the alcohol. This will allow you to continue to taste your whisky miniature samples after the first drop, something that may not be possible without this subtle dilution.
On the rocks
The overwhelming majority of people in the professional whisky tasting world are going to argue against adding ice to your whisky for a number of different reasons, but if you are going to go down this road because of your own personal taste preferences, add as little ice as you can and consume your whisky as quickly as you are able to while still enjoying it.
This keeps your whisky from getting too watered down too quickly.
In a classic cocktail
Some of the whisky miniature bottles you’re going to receive on a monthly basis are going to be perfect for classic cocktails. Just make sure you aren’t wasting something really premium or something really special in a cocktail that will muddle and dilute the flavor that the master distillers worked so hard to create.