Jim McEwan (ex-Bowmore, now The Bruichladdich), has spoken of body
as the descriptor for the speed of the legs
of a whisky walking slowly down the glass sides, after the inner glass surface has received a full and even coating of the whisky.
Jim likes to show how to achieve a regular evenness of the whisky on the glass by holding the glass at an angle which brings the whisky inside almost to the lip, then he places his forefinger inside the glass, touching the top of his finger to the underside of the upper lip of the glass. He then turns the glass one full rotation. The glass should now have an even coating of whisky, with no peaks
to disturb the legs'
race back into the dram.
Jim says you can assess the heaviness
by the speed of the legs
. Slow, for full bodied
, and the faster, the lighter bodied
BTW, some glasses can be laid on their side without any dram spillage, and then, turning them on a flat surface, you can achieve the same evenness of coverage ... however, the above manual
style can be impressive amongst others, if you go for that sort of thing.
[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 09 April 2002).]