Exploring the World of Whiskey
A real man drinks whiskey. If that drink has always intrigued you, you might find it daunting to try. 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. 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 planning to drink whiskey for the first time, you’re probably asking which particular whiskey to start with.
Whiskey has three subtypes. Single malt whiskey is a combination of whiskey distilled in the same distillery, and the age of the combined drink is the age of the youngest whiskey added. This is the most common type of whiskey you’ll find.
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 a blend of whiskey of the same type, although sometimes, people do combine different types, like Bourbon and Rye.
Drinking Your Whiskey
Now we’re in the most exciting part – drinking your whiskey.
Here 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 taste the spirit in the form it was distilled, instead of diluting it as the distiller didn’t intend to.
Mixed 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.
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 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 a huge waste.
Then again, when everything is said and done, you will decide how you’d like to drink your whiskey.It’s nobody’s but yours.