Getting to Know the World of Whiskey
A real man drinks whiskey. If that drink has always intrigued you, you might find it 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 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 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, another subtype, is bottled completely from a single cask. This is normally made by small distilleries or sometimes by big distilleries as part of a high-end or novelty line.
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
We now get to the most interesting part – drinking your whiskey.
There are four ways:
Whiskey neat, or whiskey in a glass at room temperature – is thought by many as the only pure way to enjoy 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.
Mixed with Water
For many people, it’s important to dilute whiskey with water. Just a capful is okay and use only spring or clear distilled water because chlorine can really change the taste. The reason for adding water is actually functional. It allows you to enjoy the spirits without it melting your tongue.
On the rocks or with ice is a third way of drinking whiskey. Although this is quite popular, many people oppose it, thinking ice melts the drink away past the point of just mixing water. And if the ice was made using tap water, the problem of chlorine is also there. If you really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure the ice was made using high quality water.
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 such a waste.
Then again, when everything is said and done, you will decide how you’d like to drink your whiskey.It’s all yours.
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