The Proper Way to Drink Your Scotch


Kieron Elliott, the national brand ambassador for Macallan, took us through a quick guided nosing and tasting to teach us to how to fully enjoy our scotch. The first thing you have to insist on is a lovely, clean glass. We've all been to those bars. The next step is actually something you never do. You never swirl the whiskey. You swirl wine because it's between 12-14% alcohol and you need to agitate wine to get it to evaporate and carry up the glass and to your nose. Scotch by law is a minimum 40% ABV so you don't need to agitate it. In fact a good scotch is like a good Scotsman, it's already agitated enough! (Kieron's words, not ours.) Hold the glass under your chin to let the rich vapor rise up. And when you're ready, bring it up to your nose and take a gentle breath through your nose and mouth. Watch for the rest of our suggestions. 

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