Case Study: My Experience With Whiskeys

Getting to Know the World of Whiskey

Whiskey is a real man’s drink. 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. 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’re thinking of trying whiskey, your first question will likely be which type of 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 type of whiskey you’ll find.

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.

Lastly, blended whiskey is made by blending together same-type whiskey, although sometimes, people like to mix different types, like Rye and Scotch or Bourbon and Scotch.

How to Drink Your Whiskey

Now we get to the most interesting part – how to drink your whiskey.

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

Diluted with Water

For many people, it’s important to dilute whiskey with water. Just a capful is okay and use only spring or clear distilled water because chlorine can really change the taste. 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. While this is rather popular, some people think it melts the drink away. And if the ice was made using tap water, the problem of chlorine is also there. 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 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.

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