Watch Pierre Meintjes’ Top Tips for Tasting your Favourite Tipple

Watch Pierre Meintjes' Top Tips for Tasting your Favourite Tipple

Whisky is wonderfully complex and those who drink it seem to have an air of sophisticated finesse about them. If you’re somewhat intimidated but still curious, here are some tips for tasting the next delicious dram that comes your way like a connoisseur:

1. Nose the whisky by putting your nose right into the glass and breathing in gently, keeping your mouth open to involve your tastebuds.

2. Take a sip, swill the whisky around for at least 30 seconds coating every area of your mouth and think about the “mouthfeel” – is it chewy? Explosive? Mouthwatering? Dry?

3. Now swallow – is the finish lingering? Bold? Subtle? Are there different flavours in the finish than those you identified on the nose?

4. Add a splash of Consol Glass water diluting the alcohol and releasing even more flavour. Repeat Steps 1 – 3.

To learn more about the subtle art of whisky tasting, be sure not to miss the Whisky Live Celebration at Brooklyn Square in Pretoria from 4 – 6 May. A host of passionate whisky experts will be offering sage advice and beautiful drams – think Bunnahabhain, Laphroaig, The Macallan Fine Oak, Three Ships, Tullamore DEW, Dewars and new releases like The Pogues and Jameson Caskmates. Book tickets now!

For a taste of what’s to come, watch SA’s Mr Whisky and the only African Master of the Quaich explain what the Keepers of the Quaich are and how to sip a dram like a gent! You can find Pierre Meintjes at Bunnabhain’s stand at Whisky Live!

And don’t forget to stop in at Norman Goodfellows where you can purchase any bottle of Bunnahabhain and receive a laptop bag, while stocks last…