Provide pen and paper
If you want to take your whiskey tasting seriously then it’s a good idea to provide pen and paper for your guests to make notes. You could even give them a criteria or questions as a guide. You could include things like body, nose, and after taste, for example. This will help them to analyze and rate the different whiskies.
You can then compare notes at the end. It will also help you to remember each one clearly, especially after a few drinks. You could even get your guests personalized notebooks and pens as a special souvenir.
Take your time
There’s no point rushing a tasting. Take your time to really savor each whiskey and encourage your guests to do the same. You could give a quick tutorial on how to taste a whiskey if your friends haven’t been to a tasting before.
First of all, you should examine the whiskey in the glass to check out its clarity and hue. Then swirl the whiskey and take in its aroma. Get your guests to comment on color and aroma before tasting as well. Add a splash of water to neutralize the alcohol and you’re ready to taste.
Do your research
Your guests will likely appreciate a bit of history about each whiskey so do your research beforehand. You could even try using one of the many whiskey apps available. Describing each whiskey in detail will also give your guests some clues on how to identify different whiskies which will be useful in the future.
Ideally, you want them to learn something interesting to take away, as well as sampling your favorite brands. In the future, you could even consider planning a trip to a distillery to broaden your knowledge of whiskey and its production.
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Consider attending an online event
If you aren’t able to visit a distillery in real life at the moment you could consider attending an online whiskey tasting event. This way, all the planning will be done for you. You can find virtual events online. They are done in different ways. You could book a virtual tour of a distillery, order a whiskey tasting kit, and more.
Find the event that works best for you and your friends. You could even attend remotely and chat over video conferencing software if you want to share your whiskey tasting with faraway friends. With a few essentials and organization, you can host a fabulous whiskey tasting that everyone will be talking about.