Getting To The Point – Whiskeys

Into 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. 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 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 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’re planning to drink whiskey for the first time, you’re probably asking which particular 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 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.

How to Drink Your Whiskey

Now we’re in the most exciting part – drinking your whiskey.

Below are four ways:

Neat

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.

Diluted with Water

Many people think whiskey must be diluted with water. Just a capful should do, and only clear distilled water must be used as chlorine can alter the drink. People actually add water to whiskey for functional reasons. It gives you the chance to enjoy the drink without it melting 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 tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of 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 enjoy whiskey in a mixed drink or cocktail, but don’t use high-end whiskey for this. That would be a huge waste.

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