The Beginner’s Guide to Whisky: How to Select, Serve, and Enjoy

Whisky is a complex drink that can be intimidating for those new to it. With so many different types and styles available, it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide for beginners. We’ll walk you through the basics of selecting, serving, and enjoying whisky so that you can approach it confidently. We’ve joined forces with The Whisky Club to help you get started on your whisky journey.


Here are a few tips to get you started:

Selecting the Right Whisky

When selecting a whisky, it is crucial to consider the type of whisky you want. There are four main types of whisky: single malt, blended malt, blended, and single cask. Single malt whisky is made from 100% malted barley and is typically distilled in Scotland.

Blended malt whisky is made from a blend of different single-malt whiskies. Blended whisky is made from a mix of single malt and grain whiskies. Single-cask whisky is made from a single barrel and is typically limited in quantity.

Serving Whisky

Selecting the proper whisky is only half the battle – you also need to know how to serve it. Whisky should be done at room temperature in a glass that has been designed explicitly for whisky tasting. The most common type of glass for serving whisky is the tulip glass, which has a wide bowl and narrow rim.

This allows you to swirl the whisky and release its aroma before taking a sip. When pouring a whisky, always leave a little bit of room at the top of the glass so that the aromas can escape. And finally, don’t forget to enjoy your whisky neat or with a splash of water – never add ice cubes, as this will dull the flavour. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your next dram is served perfectly. Slàinte!

Tasting Whisky

When tasting whisky, it is important to pay attention to the following characteristics: appearance, nose, palate, finish, and body. When nosing a whisky, take a small sip and let it sit in your mouth before exhaling through your nose.

This will help you to better appreciate the aroma of the whisky. When tasting, take a small sip and let it sit on your tongue before swirling it around your mouth. Pay attention to the different flavours that you can identify. The finish is the aftertaste that lingers in your mouth after you have swallowed the whisky. It is important to note the length and intensity of the finish. Finally, consider the body of the whisky, which is determined by the mouthfeel. A whisky can be light-, medium-, or full-bodied.

Enjoying Whisky

Whisky is a popular drink that can be enjoyed in many different ways. One way to enjoy whisky is on its own. When enjoying whisky by itself, it is crucial to take your time and savour each sip. This will allow you to fully appreciate the flavour of the whisky.

Another way to enjoy whisky is with food. When pairing whisky with food, it is vital to find a dish that will complement the flavour of the whisky. Common foods that are paired with whisky include cheese, dark chocolate, and smoked salmon. By pairing whisky with these types of foods, you can create a delicious and enjoyable experience.

Storing Whisky

When it comes to storing whisky, the two most important things to remember are to keep it cool and out of the light. Options for storage include a cabinet or cupboard, as long as they’re kept away from direct sunlight or any other heat source.

Once opened, a bottle of whisky will remain drinkable for up to two years as long as it’s stored properly. If you notice the flavour of your whisky changing, it’s probably time to find a new storage spot. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy your favourite bottle of whisky for many years to come.


Now that you know the basics of whisky, it’s time to get out there and start trying some for yourself. Whisky is best enjoyed with good company, so invite some friends and have a tasting party. Set out various types of whisky, along with some water and snacks.

Let everyone sip and sample at their own pace, and see who can identify the different flavours in each one. Be sure to take plenty of notes so you can remember which ones you liked (and didn’t like) for future reference. And most importantly, have fun!


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Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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