Why do some people turn a new bottle of Scotch Whisky upside down before opening?

This is quite unnecessary and can do nothing to improve the whisky, which does not need to be turned upside down or shaken. It is quite erroneous to think that the essential constituents settle at the bo~~t,tom. The blended whisky is all one weight and is therefore the same at top or bottom. The habit of cocktail shaking may be the reason why one occasionally sees a bottle turned upside down.

© SWA 1995