Learn to Taste Scotch With This Scotch Flavor Wheel

Mark Yocca / Supercall

Describing scotch is really hard. Even if you get paid to do it (like we do), it’s difficult putting words to the intricate tastes, smells and emotions inspired by a sip of the good stuff. It doesn’t matter how much of an expert you are in physically tasting scotch, if you can’t pull just the right word, then you can’t effectively convey exactly how a particular bottling affects you. Meanwhile, your scotch-tasting buddies are throwing out descriptors like “leathery,” “flinty” or “reminiscent of alfalfa on a hot summer day at the farm.”

At times like these, it helps to have a few prompts. So we developed this handy-dandy scotch tasting chart, full of descriptors you can whip out at your next tasting sesh. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it will give you a good place to start. Get in touch with your inner scotch taster and speak words to powerful whisky.

Mark Yocca / Supercall
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