Popular Hack Used by Whisky Snobs Actually Works, Says Science
There are plenty of people who enjoy the warm sadness cowboy drink known as
According to a new study
, diluting whiskey can indeed improve the drink's taste. While many people have anecdotally sworn by this trick, researchers from Linnaeus University Center for Biomaterials
In their research, chemists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman carefully examined a molecule in whiskey called guaiacol, which gives whiskey its unmistakable smokey flavor and scent. After running computer simulations of various water and ethanol mixtures, the researchers found that ethanol content greatly affected how guaiacol behaved.
At concentrations of ethanol above 59 percent, guaiacol was mixed throughout the drink and away from the surface. which is about the content the authors found that ethanol interacts more strongly with guaiacol, which means the molecule is driven into the solution away from the surface. But at ethanol concentrations of 45 percent, ethanol clustered at the surface of the drink, along with guaiacol. This would hypothetically allow the drinker to better take in the nightmarish aroma and flavor of the beverage.
Honestly, you should drink whiskey however you want. My favorite way to imbibe it is to pour it down the drain. But if you've been drinking whiskey on the rocks for years, congratulations. Here's your prize .