Are you a first-timer in the whiskey world? Learn how to drink whiskey like a sir with tips from experts from around the World.
Whiskey: the preferred spirit of the man’s man.
Mankind has been enjoying whiskey, and it’s various forms, for generations — something that’s not going to change any time soon.
But, while everyone has already mastered the art of drinking whiskey, it is not something you’re born knowing. It is something you must learn and practice over the course of many, many years.
Are you ready to master the art of whiskey drinking?
Here’s everything you need to know about how to drink whiskey like a proper gentleman.
Finding the Right Whiskey
What do whiskey, scotch, and bourbon all have in common? They’re the same thing — just distilled in different places using slightly different practices. It’s not a joke, just straight facts.
Choosing the right whiskey for you is entirely a matter of personal preference. After all, everyone’s palates are different.
Some whiskey connoisseurs will insist that you should only drink the oldest, single malts you can find. But, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a well-crafted blend.
That said, taking the time to acquaint yourself with smaller, local brews, like Maverick Whiskey, generally pays off.
Choose Your Glass
In the world of whiskey, not all glasses are equal. The glass you choose depends entirely on your intent.
Generally speaking, if you plan on enjoying a basic glass of whiskey, then you should use the good old-fashioned tumbler.
If you are trying to decide on which whiskey you would like to enjoy, or you’re simply sampling a new bottle, then you’ll want to break out a Glencairn glass.
The Scottish Glencairn exists for the explicit purpose of sampling and tasting whiskey.
Finally, if you’re planning on making a few high-brow cocktails, the glass you use depends entirely on the drink you’re making.
On Ice vs. Neat
While some purists may argue that you should only drink your whiskey neat, that’s not always the best way to enjoy all the complexities it has to offer.
Adding a little water to a glass of whiskey can help release all the subtle flavors and aromas carefully brewed into each bottle.
And while you could add a small splash of water to your glass, you can accomplish the same effect by drinking your whiskey on the rocks.
By enjoying your whiskey with ice, you get the added benefit chilling it into something slightly more refreshing. However, if you add too much ice, you run the risk of watering down your whiskey.
Mixing It Up
While whiskey is a fantastic spirit to enjoy all on its own, it also makes for a few fantastic and ultra-classy cocktails.
The Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour are two of the more popular whiskey-based cocktail. But, if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous, you can attempt to take on the Manhattan or the very old-school Penicillin.
All that said, if you’re looking for something simple, you can never go wrong with the classic Whiskey Highball. Which, is nothing more than ice, ginger ale, and your choice of whiskey.
How to Drink Whiskey with Class
Breaking into the ancient world of whiskey can seem a little intimidating at first. Just remember that, like with any other art form, it takes time to master the art of enjoying whiskey.
So take your time when learning how to drink whiskey — after all, it’s meant to be a pleasant experience.
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