In order to 'nose' scotch (create, detect, imagine, and identify the distinct aroma), hobbyists have joined the trade with one invention, book, malt, or another. David Johnson's Whisky tot (photo, left) seems like the most recent innovation. For those of us who just bought into the Glencairn glass (pictured in blog home page, upper right), this is one more excuse to figure out a better way to enjoy single malt whisky. Perhaps, even Bourbon, as well. Has anyone seen any of these, let alone held or drank from one?
The idea is once you have 'nosed' single malt whisky, you try to get the lip of the glass or tot into your mouth so that the whisky lands closer to the center of your tongue. This is where taste buds tend to better distinguish the flavor that is imbibed. This is based upon the SMWSA materials often provided at events. Usually, if single malt hits the tip of my tongue, my sense of taste gets screwed up. In addition, I have yet to taste a multiple distillery blended scotch* that I could derive much enjoyment from.
Just one more creation to keep the enthusiasm generating until the next bottle is researched and purchased or the next event takes place. Is there anyone in RP who has traveled to Kentucky or Scotland just to tour the distilleries? Just curious if anyone reads this blog given the sporadic posts and time limits on writing?
Perhaps, scotch drinking seems like a dry and stodgie subject for the less experienced.
*-I forget the proper phrase for this more commonly sold scotch whisky.