Gin undergoes the process of distillation and other intricate methodologies by mixing raw materials. The distinctive flavour and the smooth blend of taste it gives once it is tasted can leave an indelible impression. To make the most of the product, it is only important that you know how to taste the Gin. To help you through, here are some of the few points that you need to know about Gin tasting.
Taste the Gin as it is, without ice and garnish
Tasting the Gin in its pure and undiluted form allows you to develop your own unique “Gin palate.” Leaving all the garnishes and ice will help you taste just the Gin and its botanical extracts. It can help you determine whether you’ll like its taste or if it is better paired with other flavours. Always remember that Gin tasting always comes with the sole purpose of relishing the finest flavours from the Gin itself.
Use Curved Glass
Using a curved glass in Gin tasting can significantly help you appreciate the taste. The curvature of the glass can help accentuate the Gin’s aroma and allows you to get the most out of every sip. You can also use a whiskey glass if you don’t have curved glass. Both of these glasses can unleash the spirit’s extracts.
Pair Your Gin Tasting with Intermittent Sips of Coffee
Sipping small amounts of coffee in between sips can help cleanse the palate. Ideally, it helps “restart” the taste and help you better determine which Gin extract has the best complimentary aroma. Also, coffee is known to neutralise the aromas coming from different spirits.
Swirl the Glass
Swirling the glass will allow the extracts and the garnishes to mix and give you ample time to savour the Gin extracts. Always swirl the glass before taking a sip.
“Nose It” Before You Take A Sip
You may have already seen someone take a whiff before they sip the Gin. Although it may seem like a trivial thing to do, it bears a significant purpose in Gin tasting. “Nosing” the Gin before drinking it can help in savouring the aromas. Breathing gently and taking a momentary pause to appreciate the differences in Gin extracts can help you differentiate various Gin products.
Let the Spirit “rest on the tongue.”
Letting the spirit rest on your tongue for a while and taking a momentary pause to swirl the extract in your mouth can help detect variations in the garnishes like citrus, cinnamon, herbs, and aniseed. Take time to linger the taste before you swallow the Gin.
Gin tasting requires an intricate process of taking time off to appreciate and linger the tastes and aromas of the spirits. To develop a “Gin palate”, it is vital that you frequently take small sips of different Gin spirits. Developing a certain appreciation of Gin spirits may take time, and you need to be passionate about taking the time to relish every detail that comes with varying flavours.
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