In this article I will try to give you some tips to enjoy your whisky in different ways and create your path to answer the question, how to drink whisky!
Selecting The Whisky
This step is really damn tough. Try reading my article ‘Whisky or Whiskey? – Whisky 101’ to understand how whisky types are different. Then choose your potion, a single malt Scotch, a bourbon, an Irish, a rye or Japanese.
Now as you selected your golden liquid and you need a glass. What are you looking for? Just to taste the whisky or to cool off after work? Are you going to use ice or not?
Generally speaking (which should be done for every fact in this business), if you are just tasting, it is better to use a Glencairn or copita glass which are super optimized for tasting. But if you just want to have a big sip with a charismatic glass, I would definitely choose a tumbler or Denver & Liely glass. Glassware information can be found to higher extent in this article.
Ice & Water
Water or ice? Which one should be added? Again, it is so simple, as you wish. Let’s talk about it technically.
Blended whiskies, bourbons, Tennessee whiskeys and rye whiskies are generally preferred on rocks by a big majority of whisky drinkers. Using ice smoothens sharp edges and brings out an easy drinkable spirit. Though continuous dilution is the negative effect of ice. Also temperature decrease blocks huge amount of aromas and flavors. If you can’t give it up, I can advise you to use big chunks or spherical big ice since they decrease the surface area and decrease dilution.
Water is magical! Starting especially from single malts, a few drops can change the character of the spirit magically. Water particles break the bonds of chemical compounds like esters, phenols, etc to create different chemical compounds, resulting in release of new aromas and flavors. A lovely, small dilution will also occur and give you an easier experience to drink the whisky.
During tastings, when we taste cask strength whiskies, I tend to add water step by step and see different effects of water.
Whisky & Cocktail
Whisky needs good hands to be the base of a good cocktail. So choose your bartender wisely. My favorite cocktails are Manhattan and Whiskey Sour. Please stay away from whisky & coke, they were childish dreams of 90’s. Don’t kill whisky with a glass of sugar or tastener.
Whisky & Food
Roasted nuts and chocolate were the main pairings that were widely known. However, improvement in gastronomy ended in new discoveries. In my pairing events I have encountered magical pairs like Jameson Black Barrel and hummus. Others include Lagavulin 16 with home made pastrami, Balvenie 12 Double Wood with sea bass, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel with chicken pate. Pairing needs tons of trial and error. So, don’t get scared and try.
You can choose between many whiskies, glassware, water, ice, food and so on. Though the only thing you really need is a good company. Friends or family will make you enjoy your dram more than ever!
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