A Quick Overlook of Drinks – Your Cheatsheet

Into the World of Whiskey

A real man drinks whiskey. If that drink has always intrigued you, you might find it daunting to try. 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 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 are 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 popular whiskey you’ll encounter.

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

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

Combined 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 gives you the chance to enjoy the drink without it melting 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 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. What a huge waste that would be.

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