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Getting to Know the World of Whiskey

Whiskey is for real men. If you’ve been intrigued by that drink, you may just think it’s 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 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.

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.

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.

Below 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 taste the spirit in the form it was distilled, instead of diluting it as the distiller didn’t intend to.

Diluted 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. Adding water to whiskey is actually functional. It allows you to enjoy the spirits 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 tap water was used to make the ice, there’s again the problem of chlorine. If you’d really like your drink ice-cold, just be sure high quality water was used to make the ice.

Cocktail

Of course, you can always enjoy whiskey in a mixed drink or cocktail, but don’t use high-end whiskey for this. That would be such a waste.

Then again, at the end of the day, it’s only you who can decide how to drink your whiskey.It’s yours anyway.

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