Scotch has a prominent place in history. It's made from a raw and earthy process that involves barley and water. Originating from Scotland, it has an interesting background that involves whisky distillation and the eventual maturation process. Each bottle of Scotch has a unique tradition and has been treated with detailed attention for a more pleasurable experience (of consuming this alluring poison).
To truly appreciate the elegance of Scotch, you need to dig deep into its rich history and the transformation process that it underwent, i.e. converting a mere barley product to this exotic liquor. Well, if you've come across wine tasting festivals, you should know that Scotch tasting differs in various aspects. There are certain steps that one can follow to become confident in the process of Scotch appreciation.
Make use of a nosing glass
The first step is to know what a nosing glass is. It's a glass shaped like a tulip—narrow at the bottom and wider at the brim. This glass is used for a special purpose. It helps bring out the special flavour and aroma of the liquor.
The age of most whiskies and even Scotch can be deciphered by its colour and appearance; the darker the colour, the higher the level of maturity of the liquor.
Rotate the glass
Rotate the glass so that the walls of the glass are introduced to the Scotch. This is done in order to get a flow of the Scotch. As the Scotch trickles back to its original position, i.e. mid-point of the glass, you will notice the speed at which the Scotch flows. If it runs down slower, then the whisky/Scotch is definitely older or aged.
Sniffing the Scotch
This is the next step that prepares your palate and senses to take over by sending warm, fuzzy signals to your brain via the aroma. If it's wine, you swirl it, but it's never the same for Scotch since it contains a higher amount of alcohol than wine. Also, Scotch has such high alcohol content that you can detect it just by relishing a glass of it, while wine is not so prominent in terms of detection. Take a short sniff and it will give you a tingling sensation and a glimpse into the flavour that will follow when you sip it (the flavour is usually sweet or fruity).
Tasting the delightful preparation
Sip the scotch and let it roll along your mouth and tongue so that the flavour does not go unnoticed. You may feel it as sweet at the tip of your tongue while salty, dry and bitter at the back of your mouth. You may also notice the time for which the flavour remains in your mouth. Does it last longer than what you had imagined? You can jot down all these observations in your Scotch appreciation diary.
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