Getting to Know the World of Whiskey
Whiskey is for real men. If you’ve always wanted to try that drink, the idea may just feel daunting at first. 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 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 are not totally the same, differing in four ways – by grain type, location of distillation, length of aging, and type of cask used.
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 is another subtype, bottled completely from one cask. You can find this in smaller distilleries or as one of an elite or novelty line produced by a big distillery.
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.
Drinking 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.
Combined with Water
For some people, water should be added to whiskey. Just a capful is okay and use only spring or clear distilled water because chlorine can really change the taste. 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 really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure the ice was made using high quality water.
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, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s yours anyway.
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