When it comes to tasting whisky, this golden elixir makes the glass feel like it has a lot of potential hidden in it. It makes the water taste better, and understands the share of the throat. The first sip communicates with you, asking how you feel about the gratifying presence of it in your mouth, and you reply to it by passing it slowly down your throat. Twelve years of nurturing, which is the least, does leave one's thirst quenched in form of this liquid sunshine.
The first step in the art of tasting whisky involves choosing a glass that deserves the drink to be poured into it.
Just any won't do justice to the next step, which involves our nasal sense that assesses the whisky. Tasting is simply to confirm what our nose has told us already.
To know what it communicates, it needs to be given a swirl to release the aromas while maintaining a certain distance between the nose and the glass to avoid the sting of the blend. Then comes the palate where you savour the taste, and actually touch the years of blending only to swallow it to make yourself feel immortal.
The water might be the last step of this journey, but certainly not the least, as it often brings out the flavour when added in proportion.
They say a glass can be half full or half empty as long as one enjoys whisky in it. So don't worry about the quantity, just enjoy what goes down your throat.