I work in a advertising agentcy in Denmark, and is curious of what you think is the most important, when you have a whisky tasting?!
-How do you get the right mood set?
-Do you prefer ice/no ice/whiskey rocks?
I really want to learn more.
1. The mood is usually set by pouring drams . At some tastings the talk can be too much talk and too empty glasses, so pour the first dram before the big speech is put forward. If you lead tastings you know that long speeches at the end often get ruined by people talking between themselves happy and tipsy
So the mood comes automatically if you don't leave empty glasses
2. There's no ice or whiskey rocks at tastings. The idea at tastings is to promote the flavours of the whisk(e)y and cold things like ice cubes only mask the flavours. I've been to 100+ tastings and never seen ice cubes. If the whisky is bad use ice cubes. Do have some water available thou, and some pipetttes. Adding water to a whisky is a personal thing and depending on the initial strength some might want to add water, some might not
/Macdeffe (also from Denmark, we have a danish whiskyforum as well : http://www.whiskynyt.dk)
I'd say that the 2 very most important essentials for insuring a successful whisky tasting are good quality tasting glasses and good quality still water (Evian, for example, remains a favourite of many).
As for the choice of whiskies (and depending on how many will attend), it might help to hand out (if possible) brief questionaires to prospective visitors asking them of their previous tasting experiences and preferences.
I also think that starting off a tasting session with a well-crafted blend before heading on to malt whiskies often makes for an interesting strategy.
Ditto oatcakes. Possibly with cheese.
And Colin Dunn's right. Talisker and other beefy malts do go great with dark chocolate!
Willie JJ wrote:Lots of sensible advice above. I entirely agree with the ice advice.
Whisky with ice = whisky drinking.
Whisky without ice = whisky tasting.
I like that analogy Willie, first time I've seen it put that way.
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