Become a Nosing Expert with Glencairn Glass, Must Love Whisky

I picked my goody bag on the way out after the Chuao Chocolatier and Sip Smoke Savor chocolate and whisky pairing event Arousal of the Senses.

I had not paid much attention to one of its contents, a Glencairn glass. Its is tagged as the 'official whisky glass' and described as a 'nosing and tasting' crystal glass...

Can't remember seeing 'nosing' used before.

Nosing is related to step 3 of The five steps to appreciating Scotch Whisky creditedto The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh.

1. Colour

Is your whisky light gold, bright copper or rich amber in colour?

2. Body

Does your whisky have a light, medium or full body?

3. Nose

Which aromas do you recognise when you nose your whisky - is it malty, smoky, fruity, chocolatey?

4. Palate

What characteristics do you notice on the palate - is it softly sweet, rich and fruity, or peppery & spicy?

5. Finish

Does the flavour remain for a long time or does is disappear quickly?


Next thing I would like to try is sit down with a whisky connoisseur for an appetizer and main dish, food and whisky pairing.

Should be interesting.

All I have to do is find that person.

(* illustration by Marlene Cailleau for Scotch Whisky Experience Fan Photo Album)

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