Learn to Judge Something Other than Wine

Take a trip and learn

Some might say to skip the ice cubes. Via Shutterstock     Photo: Alexey Lysenko

Our choice: whiskey, which has a taste profile unparalleled by any other spirit, and in a stainless steel flask, travels beautifully in the backcountry. 1) Learn to distinguish varieties like bourbon, Scotch, Canadian whiskey, and single malt. 2) Describe, in this order: color, aroma, mouth-feel, flavor, finish. 3) Trust your own judgment. 4) Pass that flask around.

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