So, what is the best way to order your whisky? it's no secret that its best served “neat“ in a snifter around room temperature or straight up (without ice). A snifter is a type of glass that has a tulip-like shape meant to enhance the whisky's aroma and natural flavors. Strangely enough even the heat from your hands will help to bring out some more flavors in whiskey.
The first thing I do when handed a whisky is to, smell it, being careful not to inhale too much at a time, as the high proof can deaden your senses — one trick is to keep your mouth open when sniffing your whisky.
So, how to order it? There is a few ways to order whiskey “on the rocks,” means with ice, served in an old-fashioned glass. It is also very common to order whiskey with a splash of water (see: Whisky 101: Adding Water to Whisky), this helps to bring out some of the more complex flavors of whisky. It’s always though a good idea to first taste your whisky first before adding any water, then add if needed add a little at a time. And, finally you can always try it the way the distiller intended "Straight Up" or neat, just whisky and a glass.
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