Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, which are often old sherry casks or may also be made of charred white oak. –Wikipedia.
The ideal, and, traditional way to appreciate the subtle taste of this cask aged spirit we fondly call whisky, is, to take a little sip of neat whisky from a wide mouth whiskey glass, roll it around your mouth first, and let the fore tongue absorb the delicate sweetness and aroma, before the back of your mouth can enjoy the bitterness and then let it go down your throat, leaving that palate literally bursting with after taste of a woody magical world and then let the nose reinvent the aroma thoroughly again, allowing this magical drink to express its finesse as the way it has been intended by its makers.
Whiskey is an emotion, it can bring back memories of the long forgotten writing desk where grandpa was always to be found, some old books or a corner of your house that you used to sit and read as a child.
It’s absolutely alright if you add water or ice as per your wish.
But ok, these are the traditional and conventional ways of enjoying your whiskey. Let’s now discuss some quirky ways of enjoying it too. You might agree with them, or as a purist, might find them utterly revolting, but check them out nevertheless, even with a grimace writ large across your otherwise cordial face.
This one we are sure will pass muster even in front of the most stoic and the proponents of sobriety.
This might sound unusual if you are habituated in sipping your Scotch in the isolation of your study, but it is a nice and proven way of enjoying a few social drinks of whiskey, and is known to kill spiritual morbidity due from extreme isolation without plummeting you into decadence.
It is probably the best to enjoy whiskey with warm water in a chilly evening. A splash of warm water brings out the subtle flavours from the whiskey, while, the warmth will keep you comfortable.
Number Three: Whiskey with Coffee
If you are in the mood for whiskey but are afraid of drinking a few too many, try this coffee cocktail.
The caffeine in coffee blocks the effect of the nerve depressants in alcohol and you stay alert and awake, while you still enjoy the whiskey.
Number Four: Whiskey with Beer
A very popular cocktail in American bar culture.
Boilermaker is your go to drink when you are feeling adventurous and drink like the miners did.
All you need is a pint of beer in a mug and a shot glass of whiskey dropped in.
Note that the Irish variation of this American favourite is the Dublin Drop or the Irish Car Bomb ( outside Ireland ) where a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is dropped in a pint of stout.
Irish whiskey is malted thus when served with beer it will enhance the malted flavour of the beer.
Number Five: Whiskey with Coke
Unlike the popular cocktail immortalised in music as Rum and Coca Cola, where ⅓ portion of Rum and ⅔ Coke makes the drink, try this whiskey with coke.
Many of us drinkers find Jack and Coke much amusing to the taste buds than the old Rum and Coke and this applies not to just Bourbons, but absolutely any whiskey you come across.
So go have a try 🙂
Number Six Takes the Winners Prize: Whiskey with milk!
Have faith, this is the most amazing of all concoctions you could think of.
This combination makes for a delicious cocktail where the ingredients are in complete disagreement. Milk is a creamy semi sweet and salty drink with pH around 6.7 to 6.9, whereas whiskey is a high spirit with flavours ranging from oak, barley and other grains with a pH of 3.68–4.78.
If you are looking for a neutral creamy flavour, go for a Bourbon, the milk simply softens the whiskey’s flavors and gives the drink a creamy taste. If you are in the mood for something a little spicier, go for Scotch, Scotch is naturally spicy, so it fits with a holiday theme too.
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