Co-Founder & CEO American Mash & Grain
I have heard that you should hold Scotch your mouth for the number of years that it is aged. Is this a myth? I don't think that this is so much a myth as it is just kind of maybe a fun way of encouraging people to take their time, when tasting their whiskey or their scotch. In this example, the best way to approach tasting whiskey is to take a very small amount to start. Okay, especially if that's the very first time that you're drinking alcohol on the day and I'm not making any assumptions. It's about anybody watching this video, but if it is your first taste of alcohol in the day, chances are that no matter how you approach, tasting, it, most of what you're going to get on that first sip is alcohol. That's a pretty basic human. Neurological response to drinking alcohol. Now, take a very small amount, hold it in the front of your tongue. Most people don't know that your tongue is split up into different sectors. Most of your bitter taste buds are in the back of your tongue. So if you drink whiskey too quickly, only your bitter taste buds are going to get a chance to taste it. And you're also To give your body. No time to proof that alcohol down before the full brunt force of it. Hits you in the back of the throat. So I would recommend holding it in the front of your mouth for a few moments slowly letting it wash over your whole tongue. So all of your taste buds, get to taste it, get it on the side of your cheeks. The roof of your mouth, there's taste buds all over there. And then finally when you do swallow, exhale, right afterwards to release some of the evaporated alcohol? I don't think you need to count the number of years. It was aged but you should take your time when sipping whiskey.