5 Lessons Learned: Reviews

Exploring 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 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 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’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 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 type of whiskey you’ll find.

Single cask whiskey, another subtype, is bottled completely from a single 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.

Drinking Your Whiskey

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

Below 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 make a drinker experience the spirit as it was distilled and intended by the distiller, that is, with no dilution.

Diluted with Water

Many people think whiskey must be diluted with water. Just a capful is okay and use only spring or clear distilled water because chlorine can really change the taste. Adding water to whiskey is actually functional. 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 want whiskey ice-cold, just make sure the ice was made from high quality water.

Cocktail

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 all yours.