Basics Of Whiskey Tasting Notes

Whiskies have been one of the prominent and very popular Liquors around the world for its diversity and dynamism. 

Right from the processing stage till the completion stage, subtle changes can make a world of difference to the final bottle.

Be is a Whisky, or Whiskey, or Bourbon, their tastes matter a lot to us. And this taste, and few other things, differentiates one brand from the other! And makes them Special too!

So how do they differ? Here’s the difference between a Bourbon vs Scotch.

Whiskey Tasting Notes:

Some people say, making Whiskey is both a Science and an Art. 

Similarly, tasting Whiskey is more an Art. It demands patience, calmness, and practice. But you will eventually get there. 

Once you get there, it is more of a serene and divine world experience you can never forget!

Every type of Whiskies have a different taste and smell. 

For instance, the taste of a bourbon is not similar to that of a Scotch which in turn differs from a Japanese Whiskey. Get to know what does bourbon taste like.

So, what goes into tasting a glass of Whiskey?

Tasting Glass:

Wait, What? Are glasses important?

YES they are. With the usual Whiskey Rocks glass, you cannot taste a whiskey well!

You need to have a Tulip glass with a stem and not too bulging rim. Because, you do not want to transfer your hand heat to the glass.

Make sure to distance yourself appropriately from the glass either.

Adding Water:

Before adding water, you need to smell and taste it pure. Then you can add water drop by drop and reveal the aroma slowly. 

Make sure you do not dilute it too much.


Three main things to note just by seeing the Whiskey – Color, Clarity and Viscosity.

Usually Caramel or Golden in color, this may be because of the aging process of the whiskey.

Clarity comes mainly because of the filtration process.

Viscosity is because of the contents of the bottle like how much whiskey, water and other components are in there.


This is when you smell the glass of Whiskey. 

Make sure to stay at the right distance from the glass and not too close to it as well.

When you smell the glass, you tend to smell the grains like barley, corn, rye, etc and the aromas the whiskey got during the aging process like the container oak and sherry smells.


Now comes the next stage – where you are allowed to sip the glass and hold the whiskey in your mouth for a few seconds.

Make sure to not eat anything before you drink a glass of whiskey so that it doesn’t tamper the taste of the whiskey.


This stage is where the whiskey goes from Mouth to throat.

During this time, you need to exhale deeply via your nose once you swallow the whiskey. 

Subsequently, the further sips will either accentuate the same aromas and tastes or bring something new every time.