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How to Drink Whiskey: A Beginner's Guide

  • 15-June-2022

Whiskey must be aged for a minimum of three years. Because of this, you'll see a number on bottles of Chivas Regal, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, or even the well-known Johnnie Walker, frequently starting at three years.

Similar to wine, whiskey increases in price with age. There are certain ways in which whiskey is enjoyed better, especially if it is fine and aged.

However, if you have a fine bottle of aged whiskey, here are five traditional ways to sip it:


1. Have it neat

Purchase a Glencairn whisky glass if you want to do it right. It has a substantial base and a lovely curved shaped.  Because the mouth is smaller than the base, you can smell the notes of the whiskey before taking a sip. Before you taste the smooth smokiness on your tongue, enjoy it.

Have your whiskey neat if possible.

Choose between 30 ml and 60 ml. But avoid downing it whole. It's too pricey to rush through a drink.  Finish your 30 ml in no less than 30 minutes. The next time you enjoy a whiskey, try to resist the impulse to quickly add ice to the glass. Even though many whiskeys benefit immensely from the addition of ice, you should at least give the spirit a shot neat.

For those who enjoy the taste of alcohol, Tardie suggests ordering a whiskey neat. "Before I got into the hospitality business, I would usually order a whiskey neat when I went out," he says. "I would call my whiskey a one-ingredient drink," the speaker said.


2. On the rocks

Try whiskey on the rocks if you don't like the flavour of it neat.

Use a single, sizable ice cube. Alternatively, you could add smaller ice cubes, but only enough to fill half of your whiskey glass.

In this way, the whiskey preserves its smoothness while also becoming more delicate. Although it isn't as "neat," the notes are still audible.

Spend 30 to 60 minutes to consume one peg (30 or 60 ml) of whiskey when sipping it on the rocks.


3. Add crushed ice

Add crushed ice to the top of your whiskey glass.

Pour as much whiskey as you like; ideally, keep pouring until you notice the bottom of the glass turning golden.

Depending on the size of your glass, this could require up to 45 ml of whiskey.

When you take a drink, the ice's crunch will overshadow the whiskey and numb your palate.

This is how whiskey is best enjoyed by those who appreciate non-sweet drinks.


4. Whiskey cocktail

We strongly advise you to try whiskey in a traditional cocktail if you just don't appreciate the flavour of whiskey by itself or if you're seeking for a different approach to enjoy whiskey. Rye whiskey bases are suggested by Tardie because of their assertiveness and capacity to compete in a combination.

Recipe for a Manhattan Cocktail

2 ounces of rye whiskey,.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, 1 to 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, and a cherry for garnish are the ingredients.

Ingredients for a whiskey sour recipe are 2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce of lemon juice,.75 ounce of simple syrup, 1 egg white, and cherries for garnish.


5. Adding a little water

Water is a better option if you don't particularly enjoy the flavour of undiluted whiskey and don't like ice.

Put the whiskey peg you want in your glass (30 or 60 ml). Add a tiny bit of water.

A 30 ml peg of whiskey can have 5 to 30 ml of water added to it.

Avoid using too much water as you can lose the flavour.

Before moving on to your second glass, take an hour to relax and savour the first one. Using a glass of water with a straw is the simplest way to accomplish this. Just add a drop, swirl your whiskey, take a drink, and repeat as necessary until you have the flavour you like. Your whiskey will get more diluted the larger the splash, giving the impression of ice without really freezing the beverage.

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