Halo Single Malt Mates,
I have in my life owned three bottles of Macallan 18. Before my palate and nose matured I favored the 12 over the 18. No longer.
I have been educating interested people about the joy of enjoying single malt Scotch whisky for at least 12 years. I learn something new all the time.
The Macallan 12 is a fine sippin’ whisky and in the past my nose and palate favored this whisky as I thought it smelled and tasted better than the 18.
Since I have been listening to my whisky guru Ralfy of Glasgow, Things have changed and I have opened a new world of tasting fine single malt Scotch Whisky for meself…
So I will share my way of tasting fine whisky with you now and explain how Macallan 18 is now my favorite Macallan…
The Nose Palate and Finish I have explained to you all in previous posts. I will do so again for my newest readers.
The whole problem we all have is how do our taste buds process the same whisky on different days. There are many factors involved. Do you have a cold. This will interfere with your experience. Have you tried many whiskies. This educates your taste buds.
Is your whisky a single malt or blended grain whisky? This makes a major difference to our taste buds…
But I digress:
Used to be I simply sipped on my whisky from a highball glass or a quaiche, a Scottish friendship cup to share my whisky with friends.
I didn’t add a few drops of water to awaken the whisky and simply tasted it.
Now I don’t do that.I only use a Glencairn whiaky glass which was invented 25 years ago and only recently became readily available. In a pinch I will use a brandy snifter or a wine glass.
I nose the whisky three times and let the aromas come to me slowly and I enjoy it. I wait one minute for every year the whisky is in the barrel with a few drops of water to wake up the whisky and let the esters evaporate. These give the best nose.
I swirl the whisky in the glencairn and then sip and chew on the whisky. This forces the most whisky to interact with the most taste buds. This also leads to the best finish.
So Not using my current technique on the Macallan 18 resulted in my not enjoying the whisky as much as I had hoped and making the 12 better to my taste. As I said, No longer.
I had a dram of Macallan 18 tonite and the conditions were right and it was almost as delightful as the GlenDronach 18 Allardice. Very similar
So , I hope you Single Malt Mates are taking my advice and enjoying the most of your whisky. Like I do.
Naturally, as usual and as always, it is your glass and your whisky so you can drink it any way you want.
Here’s tae the heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather.
A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you.
Your Scotch Spirit Master