6 Tips to Help You Better Enjoy Whiskey
There is nothing like sipping on a glass of single malt or Bourbon after a hard day’s work. In India, whiskey is often considered a matured gentleman’s drink, but times are a-changing. More people in the age group of 25-35, men and women, are taking a fancy to whiskey and good whiskey at that.
If you are one of those who have been fascinated by the amber colored ‘water of life’, but don’t know where to start, follow these tips to help you through. And even if you are in love with whiskey already, these tips will only help you enjoy them more.
- If you are new to whiskey, start with the simple styles. Irish and Canadian whiskies are a good start since they are light-bodied and flavors are more distinguishable. Experiment with different types within a style before you progress to other styles. Always stick to the good stuff – neutral spirits based whiskies are a big no!
- If you are new to whiskey chances are the first few times you won’t be able to understand the nuances. This will slowly and surely evolve, so don’t be in a rush to finish a bottle, take your time with it.
- There are no hard and fast rules about the perfect glass for whiskey (unlike a wine). A tumbler or lowball glass works perfectly fine. But if you really want to invest, go for the Glencairn glasses (more on them here). They are designed in a way that the aromas of the whiskey open up more.
- Relishing a good whiskey starts with its nose, don’t take it lightly. The nose or aromas gives the drink a direction on the palate and together they create the entire drinking experience.
- On the rocks, neat or with water? It’s all about personal preference. The way we go about it, is to first taste the whiskey neat, then add a splash of water. Adding ice depends on where you are, in a hot weather ice definitely makes sense but on a chilly winter days you don’t want to mask the warmth of the amber liquid. If you are adding ice, go for bigger cubes of ice rather than crushed ice – they melt faster diluting the whiskey.
- Using whiskey in cocktails is okay, there is nothing blasphemous about it. Some of our favorite cocktails use whiskey as a base; Manhattan for instance is a classic. We also love a well made Whiskey Sour. We must add that mostly blended whiskeys are preferred for cocktails; using a 21 year old single malt in a cocktail just isn’t value for money.
If you are still at a loss about the whys and wherefores about whiskey, check out our infographic here.