How should one drink their whisky?

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BY EDWIN WISE

The word is out!

We now have a definitive answer to the age-old question: “How should one drink their whisky?” Although it was touched on in the last article, this finding is just too important to ignore. Plus, putting it to the test makes the perfect excuse get yourself a new bottle of (hopefully Australian) whisky.”

In their research paper, Björn Karlsson & co-author Ran Friedman have discovered that by diluting whisky so the alcohol measures between 45 to 27%, the density of guaiacol (a compound that adds flavour and aroma to whisky) at the surface of the glass is significantly increased. Many of the other relatively volatile compounds found within whisky act in similar behaviours and may also be improved through dilution. This indicates that adding a few drops of water to your whisky, will ultimately improve the taste and aroma. 

Key findings of this report are:

  • Guaiacol releases optimal flavours and aromas when whisky is diluted to 27%

  • Other compounds found in whisky are likely to behave similarly

  • Whisky should taste better after adding small quantities of water

  • Over diluting a glass of whisky, will ruin the density of guaiacol and thus negatively affect the flavour and aroma. 

Do you think this finding could finally nail the lid on the proverbial coffin and lay to rest this age-old argument? Have a read of the research paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, and let us know what you think.

About the Author

Edwin Wise is an aspiring writer. He has a keen passion for men’s fashion, travel, and a good Old Fashioned. (Follow him on Instagram)

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