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How to drink whisky


Don’t just toss it back. A good whisky deserves to be savored. At the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh, National Geographic’s digital nomad Andrew Evans took notes on the proper way to appreciate the national drink of Scotland.

  • LOOK See the color of the liquid–this is part of the whisky’s personality. New whisky is clear, but gains its color from the oak barrels used during maturation. Color can range from brassy yellow to gold reds or a pale sunshine. The color of Scotch hints at how it was made.
  • SWIRL With your hand on the bottom of a round tasting glass, swirl the whisky until it coats the sides. Look for the “legs”–the drips of liquid pulling back down into the glass. Watch how quickly the legs run down the side of the glass–this reveals how light the whisky is. Some whisky is very light, with lots of legs (an indication of light flavor), while others can be viscous or oily indicating an older, heavier-bodied whisky. A very thick whisky will coat the glass like the golden silhouette of Scottish mountains.

Full story from Andrew Evans at Digital Nomad.

Total National Geographic curation.


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