By Dennis Malcolm, Master Distiller at The Glen Grant

As a third-generation distiller at The Glen Grant founded in 1840 in Rothes, Scotland, there’s no other time that I reflect more on my family’s history than on Father’s Day.

Glen Grant isn’t a job for me, it’s a way of life. I was born on the distillery site and my father and grandfather worked here before me, so it always felt natural for me to follow in their footsteps.

Everyone has different taste profiles, so whisky tasting can be a great activity to experience with others. This Father’s Day, why not try your very own whisky tasting experience at home using the pairings below.

Dennis Malcolm, Master Distiller at The Glen Grant shares how to create a bespoke whisky tasting experience at home this Father’s Day.

How to create a bespoke whisky tasting experience at home this Father’s Day

Begin your experience by setting up the food pairings below …

Whisky Tasting Tips

1. Invest in glassware

Before you begin, consider your glassware and how it may enhance your tasting experience. The preferred tasting glass for Glen Grant whisky is a Glencairn glass. It is shaped with a bulbous bottom and narrow length, to concentrate the aromas.

If you don’t have access to a Glencairn glass, try a simple rocks glass, where the wider-mouthed shape allows the fumes to dissipate and bring the aromas forward.

2. Observe the colour

Hold your glass up to natural light to properly observe the whisky’s colour. Whisky can range from a pale amber to a deep brown, where the darker the colour, the more concentrated the flavour.

3. Distinguish the aroma

Gently smell the liquid with your mouth slightly open to savour the best of the whisky’s aroma. You can also use an in and out movement where you put your nose into the glass and then back out again to waft the aroma to your nostrils.

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4. Take the time to taste

The key to a proper whisky tasting is sipping small mouthfuls at a time to allow all notes of the flavour to unlock on your tastebuds. Give your palate a chance to adjust to the alcohol content upon your first sip, then take another sip to properly digest all flavours. You can also use a spit bucket to assist with multiple tastings.

5. Consider the finish

Something that makes whisky so special is the aftertaste. After you swallow or spit the whisky, the flavour lingers on your palate and evolves before fading away. Dissect how long the finish is and the notes that develop within this.

6. Expand your horizons

Tasting whisky becomes even more exciting when you begin to recognise the nuances between different bottles and categories. Try for yourself the difference between an 18-year-old whisky, verse, a newer variance and how this affects the taste, aroma and finish.