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Four Ways to Sound Smart When You Talk About Whiskey

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If you want to impress your friends, but you’ve run out of other people’s jokes and have neither an accent nor a cool car, don’t give up hope! Whiskey might be your answer. If you sound smart when you talk about whiskey, you’ll be able to make friends, lovers, and probably get a cool career doing something you love. Whiskey is basically the answer to all your problems. Follow the list below to sound smart when you talk about whiskey.

Do Your Research

Before you start throwing around terms like rocks and straight, you better know what you’re talking about. First, you should study up on the many types of whiskey. First of all, you should know that whiskey and whisky are two different things. Don’t go parading around in your I-love-Whiskey shirt before you know what you’re talking about.

  • Scotch Whisky– Scotch is produced in Scotland and Scotland only. So if you are looking for single-malt or blended-malt Scotch, know that you are going to be buying a product from Scotland. The single-malt Scotches are sometimes considered the best because they are made at one distillery, while blended Scotch is made from a blend of Scotch whisky from various distilleries. Try out a few of these so you can know which you like best. Some brands to look for are Johnnie Walker, Glenlivet, Dewar’s, and William Grant’s.
  • American Whiskey– These are created in, you guessed it, America. But just because these are made in America doesn’t mean you know everything about them. Each different type of whiskey has its own distinct flavors. If, for example, you want something a little spicy, you can drink rye whiskey. Ordering rye whiskey will make you look cool because it’s historical. So when you drink rye, you’re basically conversing with Abe Lincoln or something. Rye whiskey is aged in oak barrels, but what’s more important is that it tastes delicious. Tennessee whiskey is another type of American whiskey but it is filtered through the coals of maple before it gets aged. So whenever you order things like Jack Daniel’s, you are ordering Tennessee whiskey or bourbon whiskey. Bourbon is basically your standard American whiskey. All you need to know is that when you drink whiskey, you’ll look awesome.
Whiskey Splash

Whiskey Splash
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Learn Your Terms

Don’t go into a bar depending whiskey mixed with skittles or something. Drink it like a true gentleman: neat.

  • Order it Neat– Whiskey “neat” will be poured at room temperature with no ice. This is pretty serious. Once you order whiskey neat, you’ve graduated. You’ve thrown out your little boy shoes and you’ve stepped into your professional man shoes. Or, if you’re a female, you’ve thrown out your little girl shoes and stepped into your professional woman shoes. Anyone can drink whiskey neat, you just have to be careful. This isn’t like pounding a PBR. This is sophisticated. This involves tie clips and suit jackets and pencil skirts.  This is the top dog of drinking. Once your order your whiskey, don’t look scared. Breathe regularly. It’s going to be okay. Just start by taking tiny baby sips. When you drink whiskey neat, you are able to get the full flavor profile of the whiskey and, like I said, you’ll look really cool.
  • Order it On the Rocks– Whiskey “on the rocks” is whiskey with ice. This is for those whiskey drinkers that want to dilute their whiskey a little bit. Or, if you like really cold things, whiskey on the rocks is for you. No one is going to make fun of you for drinking whiskey on the rocks. At least I hope not. It’s normal! You’re normal. Don’t worry—eventually you’ll be able to sit at the big boy table with the rest of us and drink whiskey straight. Just kidding. Whiskey on the rocks can actually help you taste different flavors, so you can switch between on the rocks and neat to get a different sense of the flavor profiles in each drink.
  • Manhattan– This is one classic cocktail. If you want to drink whiskey, but don’t want to pucker your lips like a fool, you can order this drink. Most Manhattans are made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry garnish. If you are nervous to ask for it at a bar, find the nearest old man and take him home—he probably knows how to make it better than any one!

It doesn’t really matter how you choose to drink whiskey—it only matters that you’re drinking it. So whether you want it in a mixed drink, neat, or on the rocks, you can still enjoy yourself while looking grown up.

Think About Age

If you want to sound really smart, you’ll start talking about the age of whiskey. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest whiskey was bottled between 1851 and 1858 by the Glenavon Distillery. But age isn’t the only thing that matters; sometimes, price matters. If you’re rich, you might as well let people know.

Macallan has a bottle of whisky from 1947 that costs around six thousand dollars. If you care about the age of your whisky, you might want to invest in some older bottles. But what if you’re not rich? You can still pretend like you are. If you order some regular American whiskey, say, Jack Daniel’s, you can just tell all your friends that it’s from a really rare bottle of whisky from the 30’s and no, they cannot try it. It’s all yours!

Vintage Whiskey

Vintage Whiskey
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Drink Out of The Right Glass

Let’s face it. There are many different types of whiskey glasses to choose from. You better figure out which one’s right for you before you go hopping around the bar.

  • The Glencairn Glass– These glasses are beautiful. Not only will they help you enjoy the aroma of your Scotch, they will look awesome on your counter. This is a great glass to choose if you want to impress your friends.
Glencairn Glass

Glencairn Glass.
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  • The Tumbler Glass– Tumblers are classic. These are great for mixed drinks, but they can also be used to drink whiskey neat. If you want to drink whiskey, but aren’t feeling very adventurous, the tumbler is the way to go.
Drink Out of The Right Glass

Tumbler Glass.
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  • The Neat Glass– the Neat glass is pretty fancy. It looks like a bowl. This is like the epitome of all fancy whiskey glasses. It’s on par with your mom’s wine and cheese parties. No, it surpasses those parties. It’s way cooler than those parties. The Neat glass is used for sampling, so if you have a large selection of rare or old whiskeys, this is a great glass to choose because it is designed to help you smell and taste all of the aromas and flavors that are packed into your whiskey.
Neat Glass

Neat Glass.
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  • Copita Nosing Glass– This glass is similar to the Neat glass because it is designed for smelling. This is for the true whiskey connoisseur. It almost looks like a wine glass, but it comes in a leather gift box, so it’s much cooler than a wine glass.
Copita Nosing Glass

Copita Nosing Glass.
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Drinking whiskey can be fun, but don’t let your lack of knowledge get in the way. Experiment with different blends, ages, and bottles so that you can find your favorite whiskey. Or, if you want to have a whiskey party, you can invite a people to bring their own bottles over for a tasting party. That way, you can have all the fun with only a little of the price. The most important thing to remember is to stay cool. If you’re at a bar ordering whiskey and your friend asks you a whiskey-related question that you don’t know, just pretend like you didn’t hear him. Hopefully the bartender can whisper the answer in your ear before your friend notices.

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Five Questions to Ask when Buying Whiskey

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Some people have purchased so much whiskey in the past that they don’t have to think twice about what they should and should not be buying. And then there are others who are on the fence, not really sure of what the market has to offer.

When buying whiskey, there are a few questions you should ask and answer before hitting the checkout line.

How much am I willing to spend?

Let’s face it: some people are going to make a decision on which whiskey to buy based on nothing more than price alone. They don’t care about the quality. They don’t care about the taste. All they care about is getting something that fits into their budget.

It does make good sense to set a budget before visiting the liquor store, as this will help you decide how to search.

Buy good whiskey

Buy good whiskey
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Which brand is best for me?

Once again, this is a question that experienced whiskey drinkers never have to ask. With so many brands to consider, you should focus on a few in your price range and then make a decision. Here are 10 of the top brands that you may come across:

  • Jack Daniels
  • Jim Beam
  • Crown Royal
  • Jameson
  • Kakubin
  • Seagram’s 7 Crown
  • Black Velvet
  • Canadian Club
  • Black Nikka
  • Canadian Mist

All of these brands bring something special to the market, so you owe it to yourself (and your taste buds) to experiment with each one at some point.

Where can I buy vintage whiskey?

If this is something you care about, you definitely want to answer this question as soon as possible. Believe it or not, an unopened bottle of whiskey stays good for as long as 100 years. Can you imagine cracking into a bottle of whiskey that is 75 to 100 years old? If you are interested in buying vintage whiskey, you may have to search your local area (as well as the internet) to find a seller.

Vintage whiskey

Vintage whiskey
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Are you going to mix your whiskey with something, such as Coca Cola, or drink it straight?

This is an age-old question that you will not be able to answer until you try both. Along with this, you have to consider the type of mood you are in. There may be times when you want to mix your whiskey, but there may also be times when drinking it on the rocks, for instance, piques your interest.

Where should I purchase my whiskey?

This depends on many factors, including where you can buy in your area, how soon you need the bottle, and your budget.

In some states, you may only be able to purchase whiskey in a state licensed liquor store. In other states, however, you can find what you are looking for in local grocery stores and other establishments.

Note: buying whiskey online has become more and more popular over the past few years, so don’t overlook the benefits of doing so.

When you answer these questions when shopping for whiskey, you know you are going to end up getting exactly what you want.

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Five of the Best Reasons to Drink more Whiskey

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Most people don’t need many reasons to drink more whiskey. That being said, there are a few reasons why you should consider adding this alcoholic beverage to your life on a regular basis.

Sure, whiskey tastes great. And yes, it can be a thrill to purchase a high quality bottle at your local liquor store. But are you aware of the many other reasons why you should drink more whiskey?

Here are five to consider:

1. Good for your health, so your body will thank you in the long run. Past studies have shown that drinking whiskey can help fight against the risk of cancer. Along with this, with no fat and low carbohydrates you never have to worry about packing on the pounds as you have your favorite drink.

2. People will think you are “high class.” There is a big difference between drinking whiskey and a cheap beer. Does this mean you should change your style just because you want to look like you are high class? Well, this is up to you. The good thing is this: once you know how to drink whiskey you will know how to fit in with others who are doing the same. Who knows what this could do for your social life!

Drinking Whiskey Is Cool

Drinking Whiskey Is Cool
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3. A closed bottle of whiskey lasts pretty much forever. Did you know a closed bottle of will be good for 100 years? In other words, if you buy a bottle today and don’t decide to open it you don’t have anything to worry about. You are not wasting your money. You can crack it open in 50 years and enjoy at that time – all the while knowing that the flavor is going to be perfect.

4. It will make you feel “more American.” Americans have been drinking whiskey for hundreds of years. Is there any better reason to add this beverage to your daily routine?

5. There are tons of cool sayings about whiskey. Here is one of the best, courtesy of Mark Twain:

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

There are not too many people who are going to disagree with Mr. Twain.

Five Reasons to Drink more Whiskey

Five Reasons to Drink more Whiskey
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At this point, you should be able to see that drinking more whiskey would be in your best interest. Stop thinking and start drinking. You will be glad that you did!

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Drinking Whiskey for the First Time? These Five Steps will Help

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Even though whiskey is one of the most popular drinks in the world, many people have never given it a second thought. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • They believe whiskey is too expensive
  • They think drinking whiskey makes them look silly in front of their friends
  • They don’t know the first thing about how to drink it for the first time

If you are interested in giving this a try, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that you are on the right path.

Here are five steps for anybody who is going to be drinking whiskey for the first time:

1. Buy a high quality bottle so you don’t get sour on this drink before you give it a try. Although you may not want to spend a lot of money, when you buy cheap whiskey you are going to have a less than desirable experience. To truly enjoy your drink, you need to purchase a brand that is well known for its reputation.

Note: this doesn’t mean you should purchase the most expensive bottle on the market. You just want to make sure you get something that has a good reputation for quality.

2. Don’t drink it straight (unless you are absolutely sure that this is what you want to do). The best thing you can do as a beginner is add whiskey to another drink, such as Coca Cola. This will go a long way in ensuring that you are not knocked off your feet by the strong taste. Many people start out drinking whiskey sours, knowing that this will allow them to get used to the taste before moving on to other cocktails.

Whiskey on the Rock

Whiskey on the Rock
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3. Whiskey and water is not a bad idea. Rather than use a mixer, dilute the whiskey with water. Again, this goes a long way in keeping the strength of the alcohol manageable. Along with this, more flavor and aroma is released into the drink, which can really help with the overall experience.

Note: experiment with how much water you add, starting with a little and then adding more until you reach your desired whiskey to water ratio.

4. Sip it, don’t chug it. Remember, you are not drinking a cheap beer here. Chugging whiskey is silly. Instead, you should sip your drink to enjoy every last drop. Before you swallow, swirl it around in your mouth. This will allow you to taste a variety of flavors, all of which make this an enjoyable drink.

5. Do you have a whiskey glass? For many years, tumblers have been used among those who are drinking whiskey. There are other options to consider, however, such as those with a tulip-shape.

You don’t need a “special” whiskey glass, but it can go a long way in bettering your experience – especially the first time around.

Whiskey in the glass

Whiskey in the glass
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If you are drinking whiskey for the first time, let these five tips guide you. Soon enough, you may find that this is your new favorite drink.

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