How to Taste Spirits

Matt Duggan, general manager for LA’s Lucques, shares this primer on tasting spirits. Do not swirl, swish, or suck in air (this isn’t wine), because all you’ll taste is alcohol. Instead, take one sip to get past the initial shock and burn of the alcohol. Let the next sip sit on your palate so you can really appreciate the flavor.

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