The Art of Mastering Alcohols

Exploring the World of Whiskey

Whiskey is a real man’s drink. 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. 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’ve never tried whiskey but you want to, your first question would probably be what particular whiskey to begin 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.

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.

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 concept is to experience the spirit as the distiller intended, that is, without dilution.

Diluted with Water

For some people, water should be added to whiskey. A capful will do but only clear distilled water should be used as chlorine can ruin the drink. The reason for adding water is actually functional. It lets you enjoy the whiskey without hurting your tongue.

On the rocks or with ice is a third way of drinking whiskey. Although quite popular, a lot of people think it wastes the spirits away. 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.

Cocktail

Of course, drinking your whiskey in a cocktail is always an option, but not high-end whiskey. That would be such a waste.

Then again, when all is said and done, you’re the one who decides how to drink your whiskey.It’s all yours.

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