The Ultimate Guide to Drinks

Into the World of Whiskey

A real man drinks whiskey. 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 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 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 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 whiskey you’ll encounter.

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.

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

We now get to the most interesting part – drinking your whiskey.

Here are four ways:

Neat

Whiskey neat – meaning whiskey at room temperature in a glass – is considered to be the only pure way of drinking 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.

Combined with Water

Many people think whiskey must be diluted with water. A capful will do but only clear distilled water should be used as chlorine can ruin the drink. Adding water to whiskey is actually functional. It allows you to enjoy the spirits without it melting your tongue.

A third way of drinking whiskey is with ice, a preparation known as on the rocks. Although quite popular, a lot of people think it wastes the spirits away. 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.

Cocktail

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, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s all yours.

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