DO: Be the first to make the "Smells/tastes like whiskey" joke
DON'T: Be the second/third/etc. to make the joke. Just because you're drinking doesn't mean you can steal jokes
DO: Cleanse your palate between tastings. Bread and water are perfect.
DON'T: Use vodka to cleanse your palate.
DO: Use appropriate glasses for the tasting
DON'T: Use Big Gulp cups.
DO: Make appropriate age jokes, such as "Oooh, this one can legally drink itself!"
DON'T: Make jokes along the lines of "This is the best 18 year-old I've tasted this week!" Rule of thumb: If you have to think if it's appropriate or not, it's not.
DO: Be honest about what you taste and smell
DON'T: Be TOO honest. No one wants to know that this tastes exactly like what you drank the night you lost your virginity
DO Use These Adjectives to Describe the Tastes/Aromas:
- Bodily Fluids of Any Kind, especially if asparagus is involved**
- Uncle Freddie
- Department Store Santa Claus
- Turpentine/Paint Thinner (unless you're the professional leading the tasting)
In case you're wondering, my favorite whisky was:
The Balvenie Portwood 21 Year Old. Of course, at $140+ a bottle, it damn well better be good.
My favorite whiskEy (and second favorite overall) was:
The Tullamore Dew Single Malt 10 Year Old was completely different from the standard Tullamore Dew. And at $40 a bottle, it's far more reasonably priced. Unless you're buying a gift for the blogger of your choice, then the Balvenie is the way to go.
* Whisky is Scottish, Whiskey is Irish. You're welcome!
** Though quoting Robert Parker, "Tastes like the urine of Satan after a hefty portion of asparagus" is always appropriate.