Re: Please help confused whisky drinker
It takes time. Try paying attention to the smells around you, anything from chopped fruits, or essential oils (my partner is an aromatherapist lol), or whatever. Try and break the odours down into constituent parts. The sense of smell is deeply connected with memory, also if you've never smelled a lychee you'll never find it in a whisky, therefore you need to load up your memory bank with different smells.
Also your experience is yours, so trying to find other people's descriptors will be counter productive as the power of suggestion will just throw you off, so make your own notes and compare afterwards and don't fret if you don't agree. Besides i've come across some ridiculous notes over the years, so just keep it simple and you can't go wrong. Even the experts rarely agree.