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Shopping for a whisky lover is does not compare in any way, shape or form, to shopping for a booze lover. Whisky is specific, so your gift should be purposeful; but don’t worry- we’ll guide you toward the most delighted smile of gratitude a gift has ever provoked.
Whisky is a sophisticated beverage with a bold and distinctive presence. Its seduction is absolute, making avid connoisseurs out of fledgeling curiosity and securing from its fans lifelong loyalty. You see, whisky is an emblem of good taste and drinkers aren’t just drinking whiskey- they’re drinking damn good whiskey.
Whisky good enough to validate the hundreds (and yes, sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on one single bottle demands excellence of everything that comes into contact with each of its golden drops. This includes containers and chilling agents such as ice or stones as well as anything that will transform subtle hints of flavor into tantalizing bursts of palatable pleasure.
Other than a fine bottle of the stuff itself, gift your whiskey lover with something that will upgrade a glass to its full potential. Here’s what a whisky drinker needs (and covets):
1. The Ingenious Whisky Wedge
Whisky Wedge. Image: gadgetreview.com
“Whiskey on the Rocks” is quite a satisfying phrase to say, however the gusto lasts exactly as long as the integrity of the ice cubes. Watery whisky is second only to warm whiskey and both are quite tragic.
The beauty of the Whisky Wedge lies in its simplicity. The efficiency and execution of this bold little edge of ice coveys an excellence worthy of a fine single malt.
Utilizing its surface area to effectively chill without diluting, the Whisky Wedge is the most functional slab of ice ever submerged in booze. Its ingenious design utilizes the space within the tumbler in such a way that minimizes the infusion of water, allowing each sip to remain full-flavored and perfectly tempered.
The cost of one Whiskey Wedge unit complete with old-fashioned tumbler and silicone ice mold is $25. The value of a perfect glass of whiskey however, is priceless. Watch ’em sip!
The whisky drinker is unassuming in style, allowing his taste to speak of him rather than for him; his genuity lies in the details.
While the most telling detail of a true whisky connoisseur is his recognition of a quality bottle, the glass in which he serves it is equally important.
Sure, an old-fashioned tumbler does the job well, but a true whisky fanatic (and we’re talking Scotch aficionados) will only pour his elixir into the Glencairn, recognized worldwide as the official whisky glass.
Designed to optimize every sensory component of true Scotch whisky, the Glencairn is the choice of purists- the boldest of whisky drinkers. These are the people that take their coffee black, and their whisky neat.
Know a whisky drinker who’s latest glass played the protagonist on all his social media platforms? Good– now you know exactly what to wrap in his gift box.
The Smart Bottle by Thinfilm, while slightly “over the top” for traditional whisky-drinking types is perfect for his millennial counterpart. Created to encourage informative interaction, this bottle will not only store whisky, but also provide brand communication and recipe suggestions.
Where to buy: Hmmm… Tell us if you find.
4. Bottoms Up!… Wait
Whisky Space Glass. Image: gizmag.com
The rhetorical question, “what do you give to a whiskey-drinking astronaut?”, has finally been answered thanks to Ballantine’s very specific quest to enhance the whisky-drinking experience in outer space.
The answer is… an earthly sipping experience.
Ballantine’s Space Glass was designed specifically for your friend the whisky-drinking astronaut and engineered to enable sips in zero gravity.
Believe it or not, homesickness transcends time and space. A Space Glass literally provides both the taste and comfort of home.
Where to buy: Hmmm… Tell us if you find.
5. Whisky Decanter
Whisky Decanter. Image: homewetbar.com
When it comes to buying for a whisky drinker, there are two never-fail options: The obvious one is a fine bottle of the stuff itself- the second depends on where your friend keeps his whisky.
The artful whisky drinker likes to display his craft and there is no better way to do so than through an assortment of beautifully sculpted crystal decanters. If you’re lucky, you’ve got a collector and your gift-giving ventures just got effortless.
And why you need that thing called Decanter? Watch this video:
As long as you keep an eye out for quality (crystal is almost always a no-brainer), a whisky decanter will always be a never-fail gift option.
Now whisky stones are an issue of debate among whisky aficionados. But what we’re concerned about here is whether or not they would make a useful gift to a whisky fan. To this I say, it all depends on the fan and the level of fandom.
Those who like whisky and want to portray this love as often as possible usually keep whisky stones around just for the sake of sticking with the theme. This works much the same way as those Yankee coasters you’ve managed to keep in the back cabinet for seven years.
Ultimatum on whisky stones: a whisky enthusiast will like them more for their relation to whiskey than their function in keeping their whisky cool. First find out if they like it on the rocks.
The ice bucket gift is for the type of whisky-drinker that enjoys his glass as he rotates sausages on his grill or floats down the river with a fishing rod and a handful of roasted peanuts in his pocket. This man is not going to analyze the body and aroma of his whisky. He’s not going to swirl it in the sunlight while admiring subtle changes in tone- he’s going to chunk some ice in a tumbler, splash some whisky on top, and enjoy a brief-lived chug that gives him a simple sort of satisfaction.
A whisky flask is a great gift because we know everyone secretly wants one. Whisky-drinker or not, the appeal of the whiskey flask is universal. That being said, a whiskey aficionado has a special reason to appreciate the gift of a whisky flask- portable whisky, accessible anywhere, anytime.
To make a whisky flask a more personal gift, have it engraved or give it alongside a fine Scotch whisky. One thing is for sure though- you cannot possibly go wrong with this gift.
A water jar is the perfect jar for the whisky drinker who takes his Jameson with a splash of water.
When it comes to the purpose of this gift however, keep in mind that you don’t want to pick any water jug- a “splash” is a very precise measurement in the whisky-drinker’s vocabulary; it means the exact amount of water it will take to bring out the flavors in a good malt without diluting the taste.
A weighted pitcher is the best bet. These specialized jars are designed to allow for precision pouring, releasing by the drop, instead of a stream.
While a luscious beard is not an official requirement for whiskey-drinking, it sure as hell looks cool to sip single malt fully decked out in facial hair. But that all depends on the style you bring to your whiskey game.
For those that prefer to keep their face-mane tamed, there’s shaving soap. Better yet, for those that enjoy the subtle hovering of a subtle whiskey scent, there’s Portland’s Whiskey Wet Shave Soap.
Clean-shaven and armed with a fine scotch- neat, of course.
… and then there was the eccentric. The Ardbeg Haar Scotch Mist Gadget is exactly as sci-fi as it sounds.
A mist-making device meant to simulate the cool Scottish fog descending upon the coast of Islay, the Ardbeg Haar utilizes ultrasound technology to vaporize scotch for one of the most unique whisky drinking experiences available.
The recipient of this gift should by association, be just as singular.
Evaflor Double Whisky Men Eau de Toilette. Image: ebay.com
While the very idea of spritzing a whisky person with something fragrant seems irrevocably unconceivable, you have only to get a sense of this whisky-inspired scent to understand why of all things, a perfume would make a whiskey-lover’s must-have list.
Present yet subtle, this fragrance is the only thing its recipient will ever wear hence forward.
Outlaw Kit From American Oak Barrel. Image: amazon.com
I’m not sure if someone could really be called a whisky aficionado if he hasn’t tried to age his own whisky yet. But of course, everyone must start somewhere, so for those just venturing into the depths of their vice, the most perfect of gifts could only be a nice hefty barrel kit.
American Oak Barrel makes an excellent natural oak barrel meant to speed up the aging process for bourbon, whisky (and whiskey, respectively), scotch, brandy, cognac, and rum.
Even more so than a fine bottle of scotch itself, this kit is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving.
Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide. Image: amazon.com
In case the recipient of this very thoughtful gift isn’t already an insufferable whiskey know-it-all, this excellent guide is sure to make him so.
A guide in every sense of the word, this gorgeous hardcover isn’t just coffee-table decoration. It’s a harsh world out there for the would-be whiskey literate and believe it or not, “whisky” and “whiskey” cannot be used interchangeably in serious scotch lingo.
For the whiskey lover lamenting over wasted barrels, this tea-light-holder is the one valuable repurposed craft. It also doesn’t hurt to kindle the ambiance with soft candle-light while enjoying a warm glass of your favorite single malt.
In the vast world of whiskeys, it actually has a lot of classifications styles and origins such as Bourbon, Scotch and rye whiskey; and all of these may be difficult to differentiate, especially for those who are new to these terms. What is the difference between whisky and whiskey? What are single malts and blends? Here is a comprehensive guide to the origin and meaning of whisk(e)ys.
First and foremost, let us know what whisky and whiskey are. There is actually no difference between the two. The general rule is that if the liquor is made in Canada, Japan, or Scotland; it is spelled as “whisky”. However, if it is from Ireland and United States, it is spelled as “whiskey”. But still, Maker’s Mark and Old Forester are made in America but they label themselves as “whisky”. Therefore, the spellings don’t matter at all.
When people hear about American whiskey, they immediately think “bourbon”; however, it is actually more than that.
Bourbon is a type of American whiskey that is made up of approximately 51% of corn; it is aged in new oak barrels that are charred. The rule that bourbon should rest only in new oak barrels is primarily the reason why bourbon barrels are used to age Scotch and other products. There is a popular belief that bourbon is made in Kentucky; in contrast to that, it can actually be produced in any state of the US.
Bonded whiskey, otherwise known as “bottled in bond”, is a type of American whiskey that is made at a particular distillery during a specific season. It requires to be aged for a minimum of 4 years and to be bottled at 50% ABV.
The moonshine whiskey is not just any other white whiskey. It is said to be produced illegally. It is un-aged and is typically made from corn or mostly corn; sugar and other grains may also be included to the solution.
The American rye whiskey contains at least 51% rye. The process of aging is just like that of the bourbon’s.
Straight whiskey is typically just any American whiskey that has been aged for at least 2 years. They do not have any colorings or flavorings. The age of this type of whiskey should be listed on its label especially those less than 4 years. If it is used to make rye or bourbon, it should be able to qualify to its standards in order to be included in its classification.
According to the law, Tennessee whiskey should be produced and made in Tennessee and that it should also meet the standards of the bourbon. The difference between bourbon and this type is that before aging Tennessee whiskeys, it undergoes an additional process called the “Lincoln County Process”. The most popular example for this classification is Jack Daniel’s.
Undefined American Whiskey
With a lot of craft distilleries opening in various places in the United States today, they produce different types of whiskeys that don’t actually qualify as being a bourbon or rye. Thus, they fall under the “undefined” category.
Canadian whisky, also called as “rye whisky”, may not contain any rye at all; thus it doesn’t meet the standards of the American rye in which it must contain at least 51% of rye. This liquor is popular for its rye flavoring and profile. In fact, most of the Canadian whisky currently sold in the market contains mostly of corn rather than rye.
The rye whisky is made by mixing a small portion of all-rye or rye heavy whisky which creates a mixture of bourbon-style whiskies and other types of grain whiskies. They are usually aged for at least 3 years using wooden barrels.
Scotland whisky, popularly known as “Scotch”, is aged for at least 3 years using an oak barrel. Currently, most Scotch sold today is aged in used bourbon barrels with sherry and used casks. They are distilled twice and they fall into several categories.
Scotch whiskies that are made up of single malt means that it is merely prepared from malted barley. They are produced alone in one distillery.
Blended malt whisky is a mixture of 2 or more single malt scotches that are made from various distilleries.
Like single malt, single grain whiskies are made from only one distillery. However, it contains extra grains aside from malted barley. This type of scotch is considered uncommon primarily because most of which are used in blends.
Blended grain whisky is made up of many single grain whiskies made from various distilleries. This is also considered to be a rare type of scotch.
Blended scotch is the most popular type of scotch that is sold throughout the world. It is primarily a blend of one or more single malts mixed with one or more single grains.
Scotch whiskies are made not only in a single region of Scotland. It is made in various regions which include:
The Speyside has the most number of distilleries among the scotch regions; it has approximately 50% of the country’s total distilleries. Some of the popular brands are made in this region including Aberlour and Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and The Glenlivet.
The Islay region is known for its big, smoky, peaty, and salty whisky. It is home to a total of 8 distilleries such as Ardbeg and Laphroaig, Bowmore, Caol Ila, Bruichladdich, Lagavulin, and Kilchoman.
The region of Campbeltown is said to be a past relic as it is once a home to many distilleries. Today, there are only 3 distilleries operating in the area.
Lowlands, like the Campbeltown region, is also a past relic as there are only several remaining distilleries that are operating in this region.
Geographically, Highlands is the largest among the scotch regions. It is home to various distilleries which include Oban, Old Pulteney, Glenmorangie, and The Macallan.
The Islands region is an unofficial region. It represents all the islands of Scotland except for the Islay. Some of the distilleries that are within this region are the Arran, Highland Park, and Talisker.
One of the many reasons why Ireland is among the popular tourist destination is because of its distilleries. Like the scotch whiskeys, Irish whiskeys are aged for at least 3 years. However, there are a lot of differences between the two. Take for example, majority of the Irish whiskeys available on the market today are distilled three times while scotch whiskeys are distilled only twice. Another is that distillers in Ireland pour enzymes to the whiskey in order to turn starches into sugar before the fermentation process begins.
The classifications of whiskeys in Ireland are less complicated compared to that of Scotland. However, Irish distillers also use the term “blended” to those products that have two or more whiskeys that are distilled separately. The Blended Irish whiskey is what is usually found in the market today.
Single pot still whiskey, on the other hand, is a class of Irish whiskey that is made in one distillery using a pot still; mixing barleys that are malted and un-malted.
Today, there are only 10 distilleries operating in Ireland; seven of which were only established in the last decade. The popular old distilleries that can be found in the country is the Old Bushmills that opened in 1784 and is actually the oldest licensed distillery worldwide; the New Midleton Distillery that was established in 1975 and is the maker of Jameson, Midleton, Powers, and Paddy; and the Cooley Distillery that was established in 1987.
Japan & World Whisky
For the past 5 years, whiskies from Japan have been increasingly popular throughout the world. Japanese whisky originated in the early 1920s when Masataka Taketsuru went back to Japan from Scotland after studying distilling. Having learned the art of making whisky, he introduced whiskies to the Japanese market by selling notable Japanese whisky brands such as Yamazaki, Nikka, Hibiki, and Hakushu.
Japanese Whiskies are prepared according to how Scotch is made; therefore, they are also classified into several categories such as single malts and blended whiskies. But, it is entirely wrong to classify scotch and Japanese whisky into one category or that Japanese whiskies aren’t original.
What makes them different is that distilleries in Japan produce a wide variety of styles and make different stills, mash bills, and whisky profiles, thereby creating its own unique blend. Distilleries in Scotland, on the other hand, produce only one variety of single malt.
There are other distilleries that make whiskies anywhere in the world; from South Africa to Sweden; England to Thailand; India to Australia; and basically at any places in between.
Whiskey Terminologies that you Should Know
Age. If you can find an age written in the bottle of whiskey, it typically refers to the age of the youngest whiskey ingredient in the bottle.
Cask Proof Whiskey. Cask proof whiskey, also called “cask strength”, is a bottle that came straight from the barrel itself. Thus, this implies that the distiller didn’t mix any water to bring the whiskey down to a pre-determined level. It doesn’t only have a higher ABV, but it also has a richer and fuller flavor primarily because it is undiluted. Pour a few drops of water into it to self-dilute and you’ll open the flavor profile of the whiskey.
Continuous Still. Continuous still, also referred to as “column still”, “patent still”, or “coffey still”, are generally said to be consistent and efficient. They continuously operate without batches.
Finishing. Finishing is the taking of the whiskey after it has been aged and aging it for the second time — which is usually for a shorter period using a different cask, thereby producing different flavors.
Mash Bill. This primarily refers to the amount of grains that is used in a class of whiskey. Single malt scotch contains 100% malted barley; while the mash bill of bourbon has at least 51% of corn.
NAS. This is an acronym for “No Age Statement Whiskey”.
Pot Still. Pot stills are a traditional way of distilling whiskies. It makes use of a large pot section of the still that is heated which typically sends vapor to a condenser in order to be separated.
Sour Mash. This is a process where the used mash from a previous fermentation process is utilized to aid in starting the fermentation procedure of the next batch. This helps in controlling fermentation and keeping the consistency of the product.
Sourcing. It generally refers to a company that purchased whiskeys that are made from other distilleries and then bottling and labeling it under its name.
According to Richard Bruton, the Jobs Minister, the increasing popularity of the Irish whiskey industry internationally can be attributed to companies that make the beverage “cool”.
The minister spoke when the maker of Jameson Whiskey, Irish Distillers, launched €17 million plan of expanding their Fox and Geese bottling plant located in Dublin, Ireland. This development plan created approximately 30 jobs which mean that the company will be able to produce more bottles of whiskeys.
The factory’s bottling capacity at the site is said to increase from 5 million 9-liter cases to approximately 7.5 million cases, or about 120 million bottles, of James every year by 2017; thereby doubling the exports made by the company for the next 5 years.
Jameson is owned by Pernod Richard, a producer from France. Jameson’s sales have grown annually for 25 years and development of a new bottling plant came from a €200 million investment on its facilities located at Midleton Distillery, as well as its maturation plant located in Dungourney.
According to Mr. Bruton, Jameson’s success had made the Irish whiskey among the serious players in the industry. He also said that this happened because of how the drink was marketed to other countries.
Along with Jameson is the newly opened distillery Teeling Whiskey in Dublin that created 30 jobs. This €10 million distillery is actually the first new distillery that has opened in Dublin for over a century already. Aside from being a fully functional distillery, it also features a visitor center that has a bar, a café, a gift shop, and a function room for private events.
The Boom of Irish Whiskey
According to a campaign that is being run by the Irish drinks and hospitality industry called “Support Your Local, these (Jameson’s expansion and the newly opened Teeling Whiskey) are clear signs of how the Irish whiskeys are taking a “firm hold” of the market.
Bart Storan, the campaign manager of Support Your Local, said “The Irish whiskey industry is experiencing an amazing period of growth at the moment, with annual exports up 220% since 2003.”
Teeling Whiskey Distillery is actually good for both the employment and tourism industry of Dublin. Aside from that, the expansion of the bottling facility of the Irish Distillers will support the overall goal of the Irish whiskey industry which is to at least double the exports by year 2020 and double it again by 2030, as well as to increase the market share of Irish whiskeys from 4% to 12% by the year 2030.
The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) has officially opened its €10 million worth distillery and visitor center last June 9 in Dublin; its construction began in 2014 and has begun distilling last end of March. This distillery was the first to open in more than 125 years. As a matter of fact, it is the only fully functional distillery in the city since Jameson Distillery moved its operations at Mallow, Cork.
How TWC started
TWC was founded by Jack Teeling in 2012 for the purpose of reviving the traditions of his family in the Irish whiskey industry by bringing back distilling to Dublin. Walter Teeling, Jack’s ancestor, had a distillery in the 18th century at Marrowbone Lane. Currently, Jack is running the new company alongside his brother Stephen.
How TWC works
Having their own distillery means that TWC gains complete control of all aspects of the production of whiskey —- from grains to bottle. It aims to be the leader of innovation and to build a good reputation of producing some of the best whiskeys in the world. In fact, recently, the Teeling Single Malt was known as the “World’s Best” for 2015. During the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the World Whiskies Awards and Teeling Small Batch were branded as the “Best Blended Irish Whiskey”.
Today, the Irish whiskey has been increasingly popular in Ireland and abroad and is among the rapidly growing spirits category worldwide. In fact, according to reports, it is expected to grow further by more than 60% from 2014 to 2019 and is estimated to sell 96 million bottles across the globe by 2016.
Jack Teeling said during the opening of the distillery, “Today is a momentous day in the history of our company and something we have been working towards for the last 3 years. We are delighted to officially open our brand new distillery and bring back the tradition of distilling to Dublin.”
The company is said to be confident that their new distillery will attract tourists. The visitor center opened last June 13 and is open from 9:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon; they are open from Monday to Sunday.
Another attraction at the TWC distillery is the Bang Bang Bar — that was open to the public since June 13 — which can only be reached by taking the distillery tour for only €14. This distillery visit includes the 45-minute tour of the distillery itself and free two drinks at the bar; a Teeling range whiskey and a whiskey cocktail that was created by Kevin Hurly, the new Global Teeling Ambassador.
In what is dubbed as “the great booze robbery”, an armed gang of thieves who were said to be from Dublin stole 15,480 bottles or approximately €1 million worth of gin and whiskey from a warehouse in broad daylight.
The Ireland police department is looking for at least 5 suspects who were armed with iron bars. They were reported to have loaded the alcohol into two 40-foot trucks after tying up the warehouse’s employees on the borders of Dublin. It was said that the robbery took place in a span of an hour between 3 and 4 in the afternoon.
According to reports, the trucks have left the scene between 4 and 4:30, and used the Killen Road to the junction of the Nangor Road where they went towards the Long Mile Road, turned to Naas Road, heading to the Red Cow.
The police said in a statement, “Two employees were working at the warehouse when two men entered the building with iron bars. They forced the employees to open the loading bay. At least 3 more men arrived and the employees were tied up.”
The police officers of Ireland gave a detailed description of the trucks. The first truck is said to have a red cab with spotlights at the top and a white 40-foot container. Meanwhile, the second one has a white cab, a 40-foot container, with a blue curtain. Unfortunately, there aren’t any distinctive features on either of the Lorries.
There are about 2,580 cases of Jameson Whiskey with each case that has six 700 ml bottles (all of which amounted to €450,000); and a significant amount of cases of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Bombay Sapphire Gin that were stolen. All of these goods amounted to approximately €1 million.
The police believe that the stolen goods will be sold on the black market in time for the holidays wherein its retail price would reach up to hundreds of thousands of euros.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Seagram’s 7 Crown
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.