Study: My Understanding of Drinks

Exploring the World of Whiskey

Whiskey is for real men. 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 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 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.

Another subtype, single cask whiskey, is bottled entirely from one cask. This is usually found in small distilleries or as part of a novelty or elite line from a major producer.

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

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

There 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. The reason for adding water is actually functional. It lets you enjoy the whiskey without hurting your tongue.

Whiskey with ice or on the rocks is a third way of drinking your whiskey. Although this is quite popular, many people oppose it, thinking ice melts the drink away past the point of just mixing water. And if tap water was used to make the ice, we go back to the problem with chlorine. If you want whiskey ice-cold, just make sure the ice was made from high quality water.

Cocktail

Of course, drinking your whiskey in a cocktail is always an option, but not high-end whiskey. That would be such a 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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