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Scotch Industry Booms in US

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According to recent studies, the exports of single malt Whisky to the US has increased by 60% from 2004 to 2014.

Richard Lochhead, the Cabinet Secretary for Food and Drink, met with the President of Distilled Spirits Council of the US, Dr. Peter Cressy, the members of the council, representatives from each Scotch Whisky companies, as well as the retailers to celebrate the success of the Scotch industry and promote quality products.

Mr. Lochhead says that the USA has been the biggest market for whisky exports and these have been proven by research. He notes that Americans clearly have great taste in alcohol and that they know how to appreciate the finer things in life.

“America is a key, and important, growth market for a range of our products and it’s great to see that our whisky exports are going from strength to strength,” says the cabinet secretary. “Scotch whisky is so popular that we export a bottle a bottle every 40 seconds and I’ve definitely been impressed by the enthusiasm for our fine malts in the US.”

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Johnie Walker Whiskey. Image: www.dutyfreeaddict.com

The Red Label Whisky

The Red Label is the pioneer blend of the Johnnie Walker scotch; it was the first one to be introduced around the world.

Who doesn’t love whisky and limited edition alcohol? Diageo PLC with Global Trading Concern, their official distributor, launched a limited edition of Johnnie Walker Red Label in a one-liter bottle.

The limited edition bottle showcases the bold taste and flavors of the Red Label. Its bold liquid is featured with the use of red-colored bottle that will surely standout on the shelves. Aside from that, it is also used to signify good luck, celebrations, strength, and brave decisions.

Drinking a Whisky

Since whiskies are popular today, more and more people are getting on board with drinking it at the bar. If you are one of them, then you know how important it is to drink like a pro especially when you are in public.

According to David Miles, Maxxium UK’s Mixxit Manager, “The most fundamental rule of whisky drinking is drink your whisky any damn way you want to. Do not be bullied by people who say everything has to be a certain way.”

Another important thing is to know the casks where the whisky is aged in. There are two types of casks; bourbon and sherry. And the difference between the two isn’t just seen in the obvious, but it can be tasted. Bourbon has a vanilla feel with hints of tropical fruit in it. Meanwhile, sherry has fruity, nutty notes. What you order depends on your taste.

Note that water can open up the whisky, making savor the taste and smell the flavor. According to Miles, start with just a small drop and then go from there. He wouldn’t recommend scotch on the rocks because it is very volatile at room temperature; that is the reason for its strong smell. Instead, drink it with ice.

To those who say that scotch shouldn’t be added in cocktails, you can do actually do it. Miles says you can actually enjoy a whisky sour, blend the spirit with lemon and sugar. Or, you can try it as a base of a long drink with ginger ale and soda water.

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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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