Sip and Savor | 5 Tips for Tasting Estes Park Spirits

10/18/2018 | by Bill Goldmann | Estes Park Local Area

It’s the month we welcome ghostly spirits, but around here we are always ready to welcome a spirit in a glass! Enjoy the distilleries in Estes Park and taste locally distilled spirits with these five tips! Learn how to taste spirits like an expert and where to go in Estes Park to do so!

Tip #1

Clarity is important, in every color of spirit. If tasting from clear glassware, hold up your glass to the light. Check to see if the spirit is clear. Even brown colored spirits will allow light to pass through. If the spirit is hazy or cloudy it can be indicative of poor distillation techniques.

Tip #2

Taste at room temperature. At warmer temperatures, you’ll be able to take in more aromatic compounds which cold temps might cover up.

Tip #3

Smell before you sip but not how you would with wine. Spirits have a higher alcohol content, meaning there is more alcohol evaporating in the glass. Avoid sticking your nose into the glass for a sniff as the ethanol will overwhelm your senses. Alternatively, hold your nose over the glass and inhale.

Tip #4

Prep your palate. Take a small sip, swish it around and then spit it out. This process will help to prepare your palate for what is coming. Wait about 30 seconds and then take your actual tasting sip.

Tip #5

After swallowing or spitting let the taste of the spirit linger in your mouth before drinking water or eating a savory cracker to cleanse the palate. The spirit will continue to play out in your mouth, with how long it lasts determining its finish. Often a longer finish indicates a better spirit but not always.

Where to taste

Discover the Estes Park distilleries such as Elkins Distillery and Dancing Pines Distillery and use our tips on tasting Estes Park spirits.

Where to stay in Estes Park


Located just minutes from downtown Estes Park, Rocky Mountain Resorts offers guests a convenient and affordable place to stay during their Rocky Mountain getaway. With a variety of cabins, condos, and vacation rentals our accommodations are exactly what you need to enjoy the best of Estes Park and the Rockies. So, book your stay with us today and take advantage of off-season specials now!

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