Cask strength whisky can have a high percentage of alcohol. Adding a little water removes any alcohol prickle it might have and allows the whisky to open up. As the whisky relaxes, it unlocks more flavour molecules; which means you’ll be able to enjoy more aromas and pick out new tasting notes.
Experts also recommend adding water from the same source as the whisky, or water with the same chemistry. Uisge Source waters come from specially selected private springs close to the leading distilleries in each of the main Scotch whisky regions. The chemistry of Uisge Source waters matches the chemistry of the waters used in whisky distillation in each region to make the ideal complement for your dram.
WHY ADD WATER TO WHISKY
You make the final cut
Distilleries sometimes cut their whiskies with water before bottling. This makes the whisky taste the way they think is best. And that's OK in principle; adding water can be an important part of enjoying whisky.
We want to put you in control of that process with The Final Cut, which gives you everything you need to create your perfect dram - cut to your taste. These limited edition sets are available exclusively from The Single Cask.
HOW TO ADD WATER TO WHISKY?
To make the final cut, pour a measure of your cask strength whisky into your Glencairn glass. Take a sip neat and see how you find it. Add the Uisge Source spring water drop by drop, using your pipette. Try and see what aromas and flavours you find. Repeat until you find the exact amount of water that makes the dram perfect for your tastes.