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Michael Walsh on Edinburgh Whisky Academy’s Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel

The smoothness, complexity and rich history of Irish whiskey make it a beloved choice for spirits enthusiasts worldwide. Our Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel offers a guided journey through the sensory delights of the category and prompts conversation with either yourself or others as Michael Walsh explains in this video. 

Understanding the complexity
From the light and floral notes of triple-distilled single malts to the robust character of pot still whiskeys, there's a wide spectrum of taste experiences waiting to be explored. The Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel serves as a roadmap, helping enthusiasts identify and articulate the subtle nuances that distinguish one whiskey from another.

Enhancing appreciation
By breaking down the tasting experience into distinct flavour categories such as sweet, fruity, spicy and nutty, the flavour wheel provides a structured framework for whiskey tasting sessions. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned connoisseur, having a visual aid like the Flavour Wheel can deepen your understanding of Irish whiskey and elevate your enjoyment of each sip.

Developing sensory skills

Like any skill, tasting whiskey is something that improves with practice. The flavour wheel encourages you to pay closer attention to the aromas, tastes and mouthfeel of Irish whiskey, honing your sensory perception over time. As you become more familiar with the various flavour profiles outlined in the wheel, you'll develop a sharper palate capable of discerning even the subtlest differences between different expressions.

Encouraging conversation
Whiskey tasting is not just about the liquid in the glass; it's also about the stories and experiences shared among fellow enthusiasts. The Irish Whiskey Flavour Wheel serves as a conversation starter, providing a common language for discussing and comparing tasting notes.

The Certificate in Irish Whiskey has been meticulously crafted by renowned Irish whiskey experts Matt Healy and Fionnán O’Connor. Approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the format is short, easy-to-follow multimedia lessons over eight accessible yet thoroughly challenging modules.
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