Into the World of Whiskey
Whiskey is for real men. If you’ve always wanted to try that drink, the idea may just feel daunting at first. So many varieties and brands and ways to drink, not to mention passionate opinions on how-to’s – it can be such a complex world out there. First and foremost, whiskey is a general term for grain mash-made distilled spirits. Scotch, Bourbon and Rye are all types of whiskey, which means they will more or less taste and look similar. But they are not totally the same, differing in four ways – by grain type, location of distillation, length of aging, and type of cask used.
Subtypes of Whiskey
If you’re planning to drink whiskey for the first time, you’re probably asking which particular whiskey to start with.
There are three whiskey subtypes. Single malt whiskey is made by mixing whiskey made in the same distillery, with the age of the youngest whiskey added is the age of the combined drink. This is the most common whiskey you’ll encounter.
Another subtype, single cask whiskey, is bottled entirely from one cask. This is usually found in small distilleries or as part of a novelty or elite line from a major producer.
Finally, blended whiskey is made by blending same-type whiskey together, although in rare cases, people will mix different types, like Scotch and Bourbon.
How to Drink Your Whiskey
Now we get to the most interesting part – how to drink your whiskey.
Below are four ways:
Whiskey neat, or whiskey in a glass in room temperature – is believed to be the only pure way you can drink good whiskey. The concept is to experience the spirit as the distiller intended, that is, without dilution.
Diluted with Water
For some people, water should be added to whiskey. Just a capful should do, and only clear distilled water must be used as chlorine can alter the drink. Adding water to whiskey is actually functional. It allows you to enjoy the spirits without it melting your tongue.
On the rocks or with ice is a third way of drinking whiskey. While this is rather popular, some people think it melts the drink away. And if tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of chlorine. If you’d really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure high quality water was used to make the ice.
Of course, drinking your whiskey in a cocktail is always an option, but not high-end whiskey. That would be such a waste.
Then again, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s nobody’s but yours.
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