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    Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    I have seen a few youtube reviews people say to cover the glass for 5 to 15 or 20 minutes before drinking, and see a lot of glencarin glass being sold with covers or lids if you want to call it, is this going over board or is their a real benefit to this? I feel this is contradictory to how we drink since we swirl the glass arrating the whiskey to open it up with the addition of air but yet it is being said to cover it up now..what is your opinion on this?
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Covering the whisk(e)y allows vapors to build up, which will greatly assist in nosing said whisk(e)y. There's plenty of oxygen in the glass, and I don't think anyone has anything against swirling and then covering. I don't personally do this because I am an impatient person and I don't really keep tasting notes, but I wouldn't be averse to trying it someday if I ever remember to do so. Ralfy recommends saving the tops of whisk(e)y tubes and using those to avoid paying money for a cap to a glencairn.
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    If I'm doing an in-depth comparison (tasting) of some dram or drams, I always use a cover on the glencairn.
    I don't necessarily wait a great period of time; but do let the vapors concentrate for a few minutes.
    I find it allows a more careful analysis of the nose. I don't know that it has any other benefit.
    That said; I don't do it very often. It's a matter of getting at the pour and enjoying the dram sooner; and not being a patient person by nature I usually just get to the sniffing and drinking right away.

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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Plus, it keeps the flies out of the glass...
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Nosing glasses have tighter tops in order to limit the amount of aeration so that the full gamut of flavors slowly evaporate out so you can catch the complex flavors as they evaporate. Putting a lid on top only stops that process, which is good if you are doing very long tastings and don't want your whiskey to evaporate all of its flavors or you need to take a break and take the brisket out of the oven. But when you are sitting down with one glass, no. Don't do that. You are letting all those flavors build up and then get released when you open the lid and you could miss on stuff that gets over-powered by the other flavors. If you are getting a tight nose, try swirling it. I often do the slow inhale. A lot of people sniff violently, but a long deep drawn out inhale can help those flavors keep on streaming in. It also makes it much easier to take in if there is a lot of alcohol on the nose. This is just my experiential knowledge here, I could be wrong.

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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    If I'm doing a studied tasting or blind comparison of something, I'll tend to put a glass lid/cover on it, hold it in my hands for a minute or two until I start to see some condensation on the cover, and then let it sit for a couple of minutes before nosing. Does that work? Hell if I know - just what I do And it feels like it works, so that's the important part
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Seems to be all kinds of science involved these days, just about drinking whiskey. Of course, you have to sell what you're selling. I get it.

    I have 3 different whiskey glasses: rocks, snifter, glencairn. I usually don't think about what I'm going to use. I just grab and go.

    And I usually don't nose, unless it's a totally new foreign pour.
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil T View Post
    And I usually don't nose, unless it's a totally new foreign pour.
    See? Everybody is different, and each will enjoy his (or her) pour the way it suits him (or her) at the time. For me; the nose is almost as gratifying as the palate.... Even with very inexpensive Bourbons, I find the nose enjoyable . . . . Usually! Just MHO.

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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    If I'm doing a studied tasting or blind comparison of something, I'll tend to put a glass lid/cover on it, hold it in my hands for a minute or two until I start to see some condensation on the cover, and then let it sit for a couple of minutes before nosing. Does that work? Hell if I know - just what I do And it feels like it works, so that's the important part
    I'm betting that a lot of what we do related to everything we do is ritual. It is part of the experience. We do it because our grandfathers did it--and they didn't know why either. (Now, where did I put my velvet smoking jacket?)
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    Re: Who covers their bourbon for a period of time?

    A tasting glass has tapered sides to concentrate the aromas, and a cover just helps you control that process a little more. You let it sit and build for a couple minutes, then you can meter out as much or little as you desire.

    Jim Rutledge keeps a watchglass on top of his tasting glass, so I'll say there is some merit in it. I don't do it mainly for the sake of simplicity.
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