Many different factors go into whisky tasting. In order to get the best results, you need to make sure that you are using the right type of glass. The best glass for this purpose is shaped like a tulip, so that the aromas do not escape.
To start, pour around a half to one ounce of whisky in your glass. Hold the glass to light and take note of the color, which depends on the whisky’s age and cask used for maturation. Next, swirl the drink in the glass to release aromas, and take a few short sniffs. Take note of what you smell. Then, add a little water to the glass. This causes more aromas to come forth. Determine if the aromas have changed.
After the smelling, comes the actual tasting. Take a large sip and let the whisky fill your mouth and roll over your tongue. Note the primary taste. Determine if the taste compares with the aromas you noted earlier. Next, put the glass aside and consider the finish of the whisky. Note if the aftertaste lingers for a while and if it is pleasant.