If you're an avid whiskey drinker like we are, you know that the magic ingredient in any dram is water. Just a few drops will open up a whiskey so it tastes less of alcohol, and allows the different flavors to come to light. Once upon a time, we would pride ourselves on having a set of eye droppers in our bar (such pros we are). But now, we are amateurs again, that is until we get our hands on one of Bowmore's handsome Tilters.
The Tilter of Drops was created as part of master blender Rachel Barrie's Bowmore & Water Program - the purpose of which is to educate people on the amazing physicochemical transformation that whiskey undertakes when exposed to just a bit of water. When water is added to whiskey one can not only see the the two liquids mix, but the temperature of the liquid is increased by approximately 2 degrees Celsius, reducing the alcohol's strength, allowing our senses to smell more aromas. Adding water to whiskey makes it taste slightly cooler - allowing the tongue to taste more flavor profiles. For example in a Bowmore 12, it is common to taste flavors of pineapple, citrus, peach, anise, and sea-salt after adding just a few drops of H20.
The Tilter will have its debut at Tales of the Cocktail - and we'll be there - hoping to acquire one of these handsome contraptions for our home bar.