It’s hard to improve a glass of neat, unadulterated whiskey. But sometimes, just pouring a nip in a glass doesn’t allow the whiskey—be it bourbon, scotch, rye or Japanese single malt—to fully shine. Once in a while, your dram might need to be dressed up just a touch to let some of those underlying flavors blossom. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your favorite whiskey, here are five super simple upgrades that will make the brown spirit sing.
Use a Glass Designed Specifically for Whiskey
Though a whiskey glass might sound gimmicky—and, frankly, sometimes they are—there’s a reason professional tasters use them: They work. When you first pour a glass of whiskey and incline your nose to get a good whiff, you’re often hit with ethanol aromas. But a good whiskey glass will allow you to first effectively swirl the liquor around in the glass so those less pleasant aromas can escape, leaving you with only the best stuff. We prefer tulip-shaped glasses like the traditional Glencairn Whisky Glass or the modern, double-walled Norlan Whisky Glass.