Tour goers witness firsthand the process of creating and distilling various liquors
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Choose Between Two Options
- $31 for a Tour for Two with Two Take Home Whiskey Glasses and One Jar of Drunk Cherries ($51 value)
- $56 for a Tour for Four with Four Take Home Whiskey Glasses and Two Jars of Drunk Cherries ($102 value)
Whiskey Etiquette: Hold Your Liquor (In a Tulip-Shaped Glass)
Instructors will teach you how to handle whiskey, among other spirits. Read on for some serving tips you can follow even at home.
“Use the darkest brand you can find and put the soda in first. When that’s done, hang on until you reckon you’ve been absent long enough . . . Fill the time by reading the paper and gulping your own private malt whisky.” Such were the proudly miserly writer and master drinker Kingsley Amis’s instructions for serving whiskey to guests. Granted, you may have other goals when you pop open a bottle—say, enjoyment, or maintaining your friendships. Below, a few serving styles and when to employ them:
Neat: take a glass and pour some whiskey in it. This approach is ideal for a spirit that you really want to taste such as a single-malt scotch. The liquor should be room temperature—assuming the room’s not in a snow fort—because any spirit releases more of the compounds that make up its particular aroma at warmer temperatures. A wide-bottomed, tulip-shaped glass fulfills several functions: it exposes more of the pour to the air, it concentrates the aroma at the top of the glass where your nose is most likely to be, and its shape allows your hands to gently warm the liquid.
With water: rather than diluting your drink, a splash of water can actually open up even more flavor. This method can benefit any whiskey, but it’s especially helpful with spirits from 90 proof to 100 proof: you want to create space to taste something other than the initial blast of alcohol. The water should be distilled and room temperature, and, as the Irish say, “Never water another man’s whiskey.”
With ice: cask-strength and barrel-proof whiskies—usually more than 100 proof—may benefit from an ice cube to neutralize their alcoholic burn. Ice also prevents a whiskey’s aroma from developing fully, however, so adding more than that will limit the taste. It’s no faux pas to have a whiskey cocktail on the rocks, though, if you’re using a mixing-quality spirit. As with any rocks drink, the melting ice is a “secret ingredient” that helps the other flavors merge.
With whiskey stones: these chunks of soapstone are kept in the freezer and dropped into a drink to test your jaw strength and keep the whiskey chilled without dilution. Most tasting experts wouldn’t consider that a good thing—but if “ice cold and very strong” sums up your ideal drink, whiskey stones are there for you.
About A chat with Grand Teton Distillery
- What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Grand Teton Distillery offers a wide variety of award winning craft vodkas and whiskies. Our flagship product, Grand Teton Vodka, has won more tasting awards then any other American vodka and potato vodka in the world. It is the only vodka ever to win Double Gold from San Francisco World Spirits Competition two years in a row. An unheard of feat that requires receiving a Gold from all judges, who are replaced yearly, in the competition in a blind taste test.
- What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Surrounded by thousand of acres of Idaho potatoes it only made sense to produce an American craft potato vodka. Add to that the amazing water produced from the 500-800 inches of snow fall each year and you have the makings of an incredibly flavorful smooth tasting spirit.
- What do you love most about your job?
The satisfaction of producing a high quality product, made using regional ingredients, that is renowned and respected around the world.
- What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Definitely worth a visit. The staff was friendly, the distillery process really fascinating, the whiskey and vodka were delicious (and very affordable), and their vodka in a water bottle was an amazing product. Visit them, support them, they do good work! -Norman S.