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. 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 off, whiskey is a generic word for distilled spirits produced 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 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 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 popular whiskey you’ll encounter.
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
Now we get to the most interesting part – how to drink your whiskey.
There 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 idea is to make a drinker experience the spirit as it was distilled and intended by the distiller, that is, with no dilution.
Mixed with Water
Many people think whiskey must be diluted 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 gives you the chance to enjoy the drink without it melting your tongue.
Whiskey with ice or on the rocks is a third way of drinking your whiskey. While this is rather popular, some people think it melts the drink away. And if tap water was used to make the ice, we go back to the problem with 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 a huge waste.
Then again, when everything is said and done, you will decide how you’d like to drink your whiskey.It’s all yours.
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