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Whisky Video – How a Professional Noses And Tastes Whisky

Our dear friends at The Balvenie recently launched a series of videos on You Tube called “The Balvenie Whisky Academy”. Below is a video featuring David Stewart, Malt Master for The Balvenie, explaining how he noses and tastes whisky. Kick back, relax, and sip a dram (Please! Please! Please! No shots!) of your favorite whisky as you watch this brief video. Enjoy!

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  1. Interesting – thanks for posting. I’m a bit surprised at the quantity of whisky poured in the glass (as then that required quite a lot of water). Obviously you want enough so there’s something to smell but for a nose+taste (taste, not a “drink”) to me that seemed like a hefty pour. Maybe I’m fixating on the wrong thing here … I like the 11am-12pm tasting time!


    • It did seem like a healthy dose of whisky. But who am I to argue? He’s the guy that gets paid to nose and taste. I rarely use any water cause I can never seem to get the proportions right. Besides, I like the full strength intensity. As far as the tasting time, sign me up!



    • Looks like they have 8 videos on You Tube. Tried getting a login for their website, but it looks like they’re having problems. No clue what that’s about.


  2. Thanks for sharing the Whisky Academy with Booze Dancing readers! The bulk of the 34 short films that make up the Whisky Academy are housed in the members area of The Balvenie website. I am sorry you are having trouble logging into Warehouse 24. At what stage? Lemme know and I will look into it for you. Cheers!


    • Colin,

      Just read the article. VERY badass is more like it! Although he raises some interesting points about releasing the good stuff and suppressing the bad stuff when you add water to whisk(e)y, I still go by the tried and true rule of “drink it as you like it”. That being said, I did add a bit more water than usual to a whisk(e)y that I was reviewing last night (stay tuned for the write up), and there was a big difference in the taste after I did that. I wouldn’t say that it got better or worse, but it was definitely different. Personally, I usually enjoy whisk(e)y at full strength.

      Thanks for visiting, commenting, and sharing the link! It’s all in the name of research! 😉



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