Exploring the World of Whiskey
A real man drinks whiskey. If that drink has always intrigued you, you might find it daunting to try. Tons of brands and varieties and terms and opinions on how to drink and all – it can be a complicated world out there. First of all, whiskey is a generic term that refers to any distilled spirit made from grain mash. Rye, Scotch and Bourbon are types of whiskey, so they can be quite similar in appearance and taste. 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.
Whiskey has three 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 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.
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.
Diluted 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. 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, you can always drink your whiskey in a cocktail, but don’t use high-end whiskey. That would be such a 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.
Source: whiskey review