Mark Twain once said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” 

And we couldn’t agree more! So, in celebration of World Whiskey Day that was on the 27th of March, here is an ideal beginner’s guide to drinking and, most importantly, appreciating a fine blend. Cheers!

Pick a gentle blend: If your first experience with Whiskey is too harsh, you’ll probably never try it again. But, like most things in life, Whiskey can be an acquired taste. A “gentle” whisky should not contain peat, making the taste sweeter and the burn minimal. 

Pick the right glass: Opt for a regular rock or low ball glass with straight sides until you feel ready to invest in a Glencairn or Copita glass. 

Appreciate the aromas: Drinking Whiskey should be an experience. Enjoy it. Once you’ve poured your drink, bring the glass to about chin level and swerve it side to side as you lightly take in the aroma through your nose and slightly through your mouth. 

Finally, take your first sip: Take a small initial sip after you’ve nosed the Whiskey a few times. Whiskey is meant to be sipped and not gulped. If you like the taste, keep going. Allow the drink to sit against your tongue and then your cheeks before swallowing. If you find it too strong, take a breath of air and slowly continue the process.

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