After tasting some the whisky, what are you left with? Is it dry or smooth? Did you like it or was it too strong? Are there new flavours once your taste buds have quietened down a bit? Now, lets try it all again, but this time, will add some water!
Whether or not you normally drink your whisky with a splash of water comes down to personal taste, but when tasting whisky, the addition of water is simply another way of getting more information about your batch. When water is added to whisky, it tend to open the flavour up some, revealing some new flavours, which can help you identify the whole parts of the Spirit and subtleties which are sometime overpowered with straight whisky.
So, how much water to add really depends on your own personal preference, of course the whisky proof and amount of whisky you have in your glass makes a big difference. let start slow by adding a little bit at a time with half a serving, this way you can just double the amount once you get it right. You can also try ice cubes, starting with one cube and working your way up to you perfect taste. Interestingly, most master blenders dilute the product you get to just 20% when crafting their products.
One way to help you find your perfect balance is to try a shared whisky tasting. Gather some of your friends, get a few bottles of whisky & cigars, or even swap notes on the internet with other whisky lovers. Be sure to take and compare your thoughts with friends and be willing to try new things. So there you have it. Experiment some with water and whiskey and Enjoy!