Getting to Know the World of Whiskey
Whiskey is for real men. If that drink has always intrigued you, you might find it daunting to try. Too many brands and varieties, terms and ways to drink, not to mention strong opinions about how-to’s and all – the world can get complicated out there. First off, whiskey is a generic word for distilled spirits produced from grain mash. Three types of whiskey are Rye, Bourbon and Scotch, all them tasting and looking pretty similar. But they do have differences – four, to be exact – and they are location of distillation, type of grain used, type of cask used, and length of aging.
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 combining whiskey produced from the same distillery, where the age of the combined drink is the age of the youngest whiskey in the mix. This is the most common type of whiskey you’ll find.
Another subtype, single cask whiskey, is bottled entirely from one cask. You can find this in smaller distilleries or as one of an elite or novelty line produced by a big distillery.
Lastly, blended whiskey is made by blending together same-type whiskey, although sometimes, people like to mix different types, like Rye and Scotch or Bourbon and Scotch.
Drinking Your Whiskey
Now we get to the most interesting part – how to drink your whiskey.
There are four ways:
Whiskey neat – meaning whiskey at room temperature in a glass – is considered to be the only pure way of drinking 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 the ice was made using tap water, the problem of chlorine is also there. If you’d really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure high quality water was used to make the ice.
Of course, you can always enjoy whiskey in a mixed drink or cocktail, but don’t use high-end whiskey for this. That would be such a waste.
Then again, when all is said and done, you’re the one who decides how to drink your whiskey.It’s nobody’s but yours.
Source: whiskey review