- Pour a small amount (2 to 3 sips) of plum brandy in a glass.
For our brandies, as well as all plum brandies, especially those that are aged in wooden vessels, it is recommended to consume them from the glasses that are wider at the bottom and tapers towards the top (a type of cognac glass). In order to feel all aromatic complexes that fruit brandies contain, it is necessary to consume them at room temperature (18 to 20 ° C).
- Hold the glass opposite the light source.
The colour of plum brandy, besides the age, can show us the way of the aging and the type of wood from which the barrel for aging was made. By the long aging in oak barrels plum brandy gets the color that has tones from golden yellow to olive yellow, in acacia barrels gets the tone from lemon to straw yellow color, while in mulberry barrels gets yellow tone that similar to red. It should be noted that all this largely depends on the length and the manner of keeping the aging of alcoholic beverage.
- Hold a glass by a foot and rotate it so that the liquid wet the walls of the glass.
Then look at “tears” that are formed and fall down the walls of the glass. Their thickness and time for which they flow down the glass walls tell us about the age of the beverage. During aging and maturing of beverages in wooden vessels, by the process of extracting and dissolving, various compounds contained in wood reach the beverage, which directly or indirectly affect the organoleptics and viscosity of the beverage. So when the beverage is older, it is more viscous so that the “tears” on the glass will be thicker and will slide slower downthe wall of the glass.
- Hold a glass of foot and bring it to the tip of the nose.
Inhale deeply through your nose. Think. Imagine. What are these smells remind me of? Try to remember where you could feel them all. Repeat this process once more.
- In fruit brandies, through fragrance, we can determine many of its characteristics (variety, climate from which is the fruit for the beverage production, the mannerof the aging, etc.). Inold plum brandy, in synergy of beverages with extracted compounds from the oak barrels, comes to the formation of aromatic complexes that are called bouquet.
- Bring a glass to your lips and take a small sip of liquid allowing it to pour over your tongue.
Keep the liquid in the mouth for a while and then swallow. What you feel is a permanent rotation of the aromatic complexes. Depending on the type and the age of the beverage, the manner it was cared and aged, full flavor can be felt, as well as harmony and a wide range of tones from fruit to floral, spicy, woody and others.