How to pour whiskey 

Pouring whiskey is an art that requires a bit of knowledge and technique. It may seem like a simple task, but there are a few key things to keep in mind to get the most out of your whiskey. In this article, we will discuss the steps to pour whiskey and how to do it properly.

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Updated: 26-04-2024 Published: 21-04-2023

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Choose the Right Glassware

The first step in pouring whiskey is to choose the right glassware. The most common glass for whiskey is a short tumbler known as an Old Fashioned glass. The wide mouth of the glass allows for the aromas of the whiskey to be enjoyed while sipping. Good to know is that these glasses are usually used when consuming whiskey with ice cubes (“whiskey on the rocks”) because of the big size of the glass.

Another popular glass is the glencairn glass. In this glass you don’t add ice cubes (“whiskey neat”). The glass has a tulip shape and is perfect for tasting.

Measure Your Pour

The amount of whiskey you pour is also crucial. A standard pour of whiskey is typically around 45ml or 1.5 ounces, but you can pour more or less depending on your preference. To ensure a consistent pour you can use a jigger or measuring cup.

Hold the Glass Properly

When pouring whiskey, it’s essential to hold the glass properly. Place your hand at the bottom of the glass to avoid warming the whiskey with your fingers. Tilt the glass slightly and pour the whiskey into the center of the glass.

Add a Few Drops of Water

Adding a few drops of water to your whiskey can enhance the flavor and aroma. The water helps to release the aroma compounds, making it easier to detect the different flavors in the whiskey. It also helps to reduce the harshness of the alcohol and makes it more palatable. Read more about this here.

Sip Slowly and Savor

After pouring your whiskey, take a moment to appreciate the color and aroma. Swirl the whiskey around in the glass to release the aroma compounds. Take a small sip and let the whiskey rest on your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing. Sipping slowly and savoring the whiskey allows you to fully appreciate its complexity and flavor.


Pouring whiskey is a simple task, but it’s essential to do it correctly to fully enjoy the flavor and aroma of the whiskey. Choosing the right glassware, measuring your pour, holding the glass properly, adding a few drops of water, and sipping slowly are all crucial steps in pouring whiskey. Remember to take your time and savor every sip.