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Getting to Know 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. 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 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 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 – meaning whiskey at room temperature in a glass – is considered to be the only pure way of drinking good whiskey. The idea is to taste the spirit in the form it was distilled, instead of diluting it as the distiller didn’t intend to.

Mixed 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. People actually add water to whiskey for functional reasons. It allows you to enjoy the spirits without it melting your tongue.

A third way of drinking whiskey is with ice, a preparation known as on the rocks. 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, 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, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s all yours.

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