YOU DON’T DRINK WHISKEY, YOU EXPERIENCE IT 1. Pour the whiskey into a tulip glass. 2. Slowly roll the glass at a forty-five-degree angle and then stand the glass straight up. 3. Look for thick runs (legs) of whiskey down the inside of the glass. The thicker the run, the lower the alcohol content 4. Move the glass 6 inches away and breathe 3 times through the nose and mouth. This is the top-shelf whiskey and prepares your mouth for the taste of the whiskey. 5. Then do the “Chattanooga Chew”: Take a small sip and “chew” the whiskey for 3 or 4 seconds. Swallow, feel the heat, and experience the strong spice kick! 6. Next, add two drops (yes, drops) of water. Water is the most important ingredient. As the alcohol and water combine, the water causes an exothermic reaction. The liquid temperature initially increases by about 2°C/3.5°F causing the liquid to “open up” and release more of the volatile aromas. This also creates a cooling effect on the tongue and makes the palate more receptive to salty and fruity tastes, rather than sweet and spicy. If you swirl it again, you will see an oily sheen on the top. 13
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