Exploring the World of Whiskey
Whiskey is for real men. If you’ve been intrigued by that drink, you may just think it’s 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. Rye, Scotch and Bourbon are types of whiskey, so they can be quite similar in appearance and taste. 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.
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.
Single cask whiskey, another subtype, is bottled completely from a single cask. This is usually found in small distilleries or as part of a novelty or elite line from a major producer.
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.
How to Drink Your Whiskey
Now we’re in the most exciting part – drinking your whiskey.
Below 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.
Mixed with Water
For many people, it’s important to dilute whiskey with water. A capful will do but only clear distilled water should be used as chlorine can ruin the drink. People actually add water to whiskey for functional reasons. It lets you enjoy the whiskey without hurting your tongue.
A third way of drinking whiskey is with ice, a preparation known as on the rocks. 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, 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, 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, when all is said and done, you’re the one who decides how to drink your whiskey.It’s yours anyway.
Source: whiskey review