10 Sep WHISKY 101
Whisky drinkers are often quite particular about how they consume their preferred beverage; many taking time to slowly savour their favourite blend in quiet contemplation. Whether you (or they) drink theirs on the rocks, neat or accompanied by water there are many ways to maximise the enjoyment of this most loved beverage.
But what really is the best way, or even the difference?
The water was not fit to drink. To make it palatable, we had to add whisky. By diligent effort, I learned to like it. Winston Churchill
1 | THE PURIST:
Neat at Room Temperature
Why? It allows the purist to taste the Whisky just as the maker intended. The purist will often cleanse the palette with water between sips so that each taste of Whisky can be savoured and appreciated as flavours develop. It’s also a great way for beginner Whisky drinkers to start their journey.
2 | THE EXPERT DRINKER:
Room Temperature, with a few drops of water
Why? Just a few tiny drops of water will draw aromas to the surface of the Whisky, thereby enhancing flavour variations, subtleties, and the taste experience. But remember, go slowly! Once the water is mixed, you can’t take it out.
3 | FOR A REFRESHING EXPERIENCE:
On the Rocks
Why? Drinking Whisky on ice is a wonderfully refreshing experience. However, overly chilled liquid can dull the flavour profile, and melted ice can dilute the Whisky. But you can still enjoy a refreshing Whisky experience without compromising flavour. A large round sphere of ice holds its shape longer than small cubes, or a chilled Whisky ‘rock’ will cool the liquid without diluting it.
At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to drink Whisky: it is simply a matter of personal preference. So which Whisky drinker are you?