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Tip of the week: How to sip fine whiskey

The 4-S approach to appreciating fine whiskey

Size it up. Pour the tan fluid into a “small fluted glass with a stem.” This “concentrates” the flavors of the whiskey, so that you can better appreciate its “delicate aromas.” Hold the glass up to the light and “admire” the color.

Swirl gently. Rotate the glass “once or twice” until there’s a ring around the peri­meter. Watch the whiskey’s “legs”­­—the longer it takes these tiny particles to slide down the glass, the better the quality of your drink.

Sniff. Try to identify the smells, which can range from “peat” to “toffee.” Add a few drops of water to bring out extra “notes” of flavor.

Sip and savor. Then hold it in your mouth for a “few seconds” before swallowing. The taste buds need this time to distinguish the flavors as well as the “overall sense” of the whiskey. A “long, clean finish” is a mark of high quality.

Source: Best Life

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