Into the World of Whiskey
Whiskey is a real man’s drink. If you’ve always wanted to try that drink, the idea may just feel daunting at first. Tons of brands and varieties and terms and opinions on how to drink and all – it can be a complicated world 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 can also have differences – four, to be specific – namely, length of aging, location of distillation, type of cask used and type of grain.
Subtypes of Whiskey
If you’re thinking of trying whiskey, your first question will likely be which type of whiskey to start with.
There exist 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 popular whiskey you’ll encounter.
Single cask whiskey, another subtype, is bottled completely from a single cask. This is normally made by small distilleries or sometimes by big distilleries as part of a high-end or novelty line.
Finally, blended whiskey is a blend of whiskey of the same type, although sometimes, people do combine different types, like Bourbon and Rye.
How to Drink Your Whiskey
Now we’re in the most exciting part – drinking 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.
Mixed with Water
For many people, it’s important to dilute whiskey with water. Just a capful should do, and only clear distilled water must be used as chlorine can alter the drink. People actually add water to whiskey for functional reasons. 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 quite popular, a lot of people think it wastes the spirits away. And if tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of chlorine. If you really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure the ice was made using high quality water.
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, 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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