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You Will Need
- Internet access
- Scotch tasting club
- Tulip-shaped Scotch glass
- Scotch samples
- 1 tsp. unchilled spring water
Learn what Scotch whiskey is
Visit the Scotch Whisky Association website to learn what Scotch whiskey is. If it’s not from Scotland, it isn’t Scotch -- Scotland’s whiskey regions are Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown.
Learn differences between single malt and blended
Learn the differences between single malt and blended Scotch. Single malt comes from one distiller while blended Scotch can be a blend of as many as 50 whiskies from more than one distiller.
Attend a meeting of a Scotch whiskey tasting club
Attend a meeting of a Scotch whiskey tasting club or association to sample Scotch from different regions and different blenders.
Get a tulip-shaped Scotch whiskey glass
Get a tulip-shaped Scotch whiskey glass with a narrow lip. Experts claim that this glass shape allows the drinker to best experience the aroma.
Pour Scotch into the glass
Pour Scotch into the glass. Add a teaspoon of unchilled spring water to bring out the aroma and flavor. Nose first above the glass rim for a whiff, and then nose below the rim for the full aroma.
Properly taste and savor the whiskey
Properly taste and savor the whiskey. Take a mouthful and hold it for a moment, swirling it on and under your tongue. Then swallow slowly.
Get classic Scotch whiskey cocktail recipes
Get classic Scotch cocktail recipes from the Scotch Whisky Association website if you prefer mixed drinks. Popular cocktails include the Rob Roy, whiskey sour, and Bobby Burns.