Newbie with a question...
Hello All. I just made this name to ask a question I could not find an answer to.
I have been getting into single malts over the past year now and have grown to loving them. I always like to try new malts and have a few go-to's.
My question relates to tasting and picking up the individual notes. I watch vids and read reviews and the only time I can pick up individual flavors is when I read what's in it. How does one aquire such a keen sense? I personally feel that I have problems breathing through my nose and wonder if that effects my smell to the point that I'm not fully experiencing all the malts have to offer.
Don't get me wrong. I love what I do taste. Maybe I'm just not eloquent enough to convey what I'm tasting?
I watch vids from guys like Ralfy. And he just rattles off soo many words to describe what he's tasting. I don't know. It just doesn't hit me like that.
Anyone have any comments for me on this?
I know mood affects my appreciation of the different single malts in my collection.
Ralfy is interesting to a point but you have to go with what stimulates your tastes at the time you are experiencing them.
I've always been a, had to smell everything freak, to the point the nuns in Catholic grade school used to beat the cr*p out of me trying to break me of the habit.
One of my absolute favorite smells was the freshly split odor of red oak firewood and it's various stages of age and decay.
It's just like music, if you like it...
I get what you're saying Bill. What would you say about having never smelled certain things that are in a whisky. For instance, I just tried a Cragganmore for the first time. One review had notes of Sandalwood. Wtf is Sandalwood lol. I don't believe I have ever smelled that before. I'm assuming its a type of wood. Should I go to the lumber yard and grab some?
Why worry about it? Ever see some of the reviews for wine? They can extend well into the absurd with all the different taste and smell comparisons.
Horse blanket is one of these. Would you feel you need to visit a horse stable in cooler weather and start sniffing blankets if a characteristic of a wine you liked was described this way?
Yes. I'd want to get as intimate with a horse as legally possible if it will enhance my drinking experience lol.
Good point, that made me laugh a little. Like I said I just was wondering if I'm not tasting it to its full potential. But again I enjoy it nonetheless.
I hope that was read as the joke it was intended to be lol.
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