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1

When tasting spirits, what three components do you characterize?

Color

Nose

Palate

2

When tasting, what is the purpose of having a white surface to work on?

To help assess the appearance of the spirit

3

What is an ideal glass shape for tasting spirits?

A wide bowl that narrows toward the top to help concentrate the aromas

4

What two things can you do to improve your ability to taste?

  1. Have a clean palate with no lingering flavors
  2. No distracting smells in your tasting area

5

What is recommended when tasting spirits?

  • Assess the appearance and nose
  • Dilute the sample
  • Reassess the nose
  • Then assess the palate

6

Why is it important to take a consistent approach when tasting spirits?

In order to get the most out of each sample, it is important to develop a consistent tasting routine so that your assessments are consistent from product to product and tasting to tasting

7

What is a proper sampling portion size for spirits?

1.5 cL / 0.5 fl. oz

This would then be diluted with equal parts water, prior to tasting

then reassess the aromas and move to the palate

8

What volume of water should be used for proper dilution when sampling spirits?

Essentially dilute with water of same volume or 100% of the sample size

1.5 cL / .5 fl. oz of water for the same sized spirit sample

This will allow you to reassess the nose and then assess the palate clearly