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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. Tons of brands and varieties and terms and opinions on how to drink and all – it can be a complicated 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 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 thinking of trying whiskey, your first question will likely be which type of whiskey to start 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 popular whiskey you’ll encounter.

Another subtype, single cask whiskey, is bottled entirely from one 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.

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.

Mixed with Water

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

Whiskey with ice or on the rocks is a third way of drinking your 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 tap water was used to make the ice, we go back to the problem with chlorine. If you’d really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure high quality water was used to make the ice.

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 yours anyway.

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