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Compared with other beverages, Drinking whisky can be a bit more challenging to start out with. With a higher price point than most other drinks and a taste that must be acquired, the world of whisky can seem a little daunting at first. However, with these top tips on how to get the best out of your whisky experience, you should be sipping a dram merrily in no time at all!
Here Are Beginners Whisky Drinking Tips
Start with Bourbon
As far as Drinking whisky is concerned, Bourbon is as accessible as it gets. Out of all whisky types, Bourbon is typically lower priced and offers a more well-received flavour than other whiskies.
Jump into Scotch Tasting
Once you’re ready to progress into the whisky world, there’s no specific next step – just get tasting! Try to pick a classic single-malt Scotch whisky or something that has been aged in a sherry cask, which will give it an extra hint of sweetness that can make the transition into Scotch drinking whisky more enjoyable.
Older Isn’t Always Better
Many whiskies will detail how long they have been aged for on the bottle. This will typically start at three years aged, but nine, 12 and 15-year-old whiskies are quite common figures to see.
While it may seem like the older, the better, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, many in the whisky world consider nine to be the golden number for whisky age! You’ll just have to try a variety and discover the age you like best!
Drink it How You Want
As with all things, whisky connoisseurs can be a bit snobby about the way whisky “should” be consumed. Many claim that it must be drunk neat, while others believe that adding in a drop of water or pouring it over ice will make it taste better.
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While it is a good idea to try whisky neat or with ice first; how you drink your whisky is, and always should be, totally up to you! Drink it neat if you like, but don’t feel bad about experimenting with this alcohol in cocktails, or with your favourite soda.
Only Drink Whisky from a Glass
When drinking whisky, you want to experience the full taste and be able to detect all the complex subtleties within each sip. If you use something other than a glass to drink out of, for example, a plastic or metal cup, then other flavours may be imparted into the drink, ruining the whisky’s taste.
Use a Tulip Shaped Glass
A tulip-shaped whisky glass can be good for whisky tasting as the shape of the glass helps to enhance the smell of the whisky by concentrating the vapour at the top of the glass. The aroma of whisky is a huge part of the drinking whisky experience, and a good sniff can help to unlock a world of flavour notes.
Don’t Swallow the Whisky Straight Away
All that effort to impart complex notes into whisky isn’t done just for you to down it as a shot! After you’ve taken a sip, hold the whisky in your mouth and move it around your tongue before swallowing, so you can appreciate all the wonderful flavours within.
Do you have any tips on how to better enjoy whisky as a beginner? Leave a comment below with your suggestions!