Blind Tasting Format Guidelines

Close up shot a Glencairn whisky glass

We regularly conduct blind tasting via Twitter. Below are some basic guidelines to enable the supplier of the mystery drams to enjoy the evening and keep pace with the many messages from those taking part.

We highly recommend using Tweetdeck on a PC during the tasting. This will enable you to create specific Twitter streams in separate columns for the relevant hashtag we use (#thewhiskeychaps) as well as general notifications of likes, replies and retweets.
If you’re not familiar with Tweetdeck then please do explore the functionality and get used to the UI prior to the tasting.

If you use a mobile or even tablet then it’s very easy to miss messages from those trying to identify the whisk[e]y and the progress of the tasting can be affected.

During the tasting, we will share out thoughts on the appearance, nose, palate, finish and our overall impression of the whisk[e]y.
Obviously, the appearance isn’t a mystery, but from nosing onwards we’ll try to identify ABV, country of origin, age, distillery and expression. It’s important that, as we share our guesses, we’re told if we’re correct or not at that time. This will avoid a situation where we assume we’re not correct even though we were.

Any whisk[e]y sent to us for tasting should be numbered and a note kept by yourself of the corresponding whisk[e]y. Please do not label the samples with the name (for obvious reasons).

Having photos of the whisk[e]y taken and ready to share via Twitter, along with the information on the whisk[e]y is also important preparation that should be completed prior to the tasting, ready for the ‘reveal’.

We will keep our notes from the evening and share them via this site in the following days. If you would also like to contribute tasting notes then please do so via our form here.