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Exploring the World of Whiskey

Whiskey is for real men. 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 do have differences – four, to be exact – and they are location of distillation, type of grain used, type of cask used, and length of aging.

Subtypes of Whiskey

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

Whiskey has three subtypes. Single malt whiskey is made by mixing whiskey made in the same distillery, with the age of the youngest whiskey added is the age of the combined drink. 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.

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

We now get to the most interesting part – drinking your whiskey.

There are four ways:

Neat

Whiskey neat, or whiskey in a glass at room temperature – is thought by many as the only pure way to enjoy 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.

Combined 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.

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 tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of chlorine. 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 such a waste.

Then again, when everything is said and done, you will decide how you’d like to drink your whiskey.It’s nobody’s but yours.

Source: whiskey review