Getting to Know the World of Whiskey
A real man drinks whiskey. 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 of all, whiskey is a generic term that refers to any distilled spirit made from grain mash. Scotch, Bourbon and Rye are all types of whiskey, which means they will more or less taste and look 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 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 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.
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
We now get to the most interesting part – drinking your whiskey.
Here are four ways:
Whiskey neat, or whiskey in a glass at room temperature – is thought by many as the only pure way to enjoy 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. A capful will do but only clear distilled water should be used as chlorine can ruin the drink. Adding water to whiskey is actually functional. It allows you to enjoy the spirits without it melting your tongue.
Whiskey with ice or on the rocks is a third way of drinking your whiskey. Although this is quite popular, many people oppose it, thinking ice melts the drink away past the point of just mixing water. And if tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of chlorine. If you want whiskey ice-cold, just make sure the ice was made from high quality water.
Of course, you can always drink your whiskey in a cocktail, but don’t use high-end whiskey. What a huge waste that would be.
Then again, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s yours anyway.