Everyone has a different way to enjoy drinking whisky, and preferences often change depending on the type of whisky they are drinking.
We’ll review the different ways one can drink whisky, as well as which ways are best to drink when tasting.
When ordering your favorite brand of whisky “neat”, you are asking the waiter or bartender for nothing in your glass except whisky—you don’t want it diluted with water, ice, soda or anything else.
When drinking recreationally, order your whisky however you would normally take it, but when trying to pick out the different tasting notes, it is best to order your whisky neat. [click to continue…]
When reading whisky, beer or wine reviews, you’ll often find the terms Nose, Palate and Finish” used in the review.
To the newer whisky drinker, these terms may be slightly confusing. Below, we’ll discuss what each term means and how it is important to whisky tasting. [click to continue…]
The ingredients used to make whisky can have a substantial effect on its flavor. However, how the ingredients are prepared will also have a very strong impact on the taste of the whisky.
A key example would be the malting process–that is, how the barley (if used) is germinated prior to being ground up and prepared for fermentation.
Below, we’ll get into the different variations of the malting process so it is easier to understand how it impacts the flavoring of a whisky. [click to continue…]
When I was first getting into whisky tasting, I’d look at the different whisky bottles at my local liquor store and often come across references to a “Malt”.
Sometimes the whisky was labeled as a “Single Malt” or a “Blended Malt”, whereas other times just some reference would be made to the whisky being created from malted barley. Sometimes, “Malt” wouldn’t be referenced at all.
As a new whisky drinker, this made me wonder, what exactly is a “Malt”? [click to continue…]
In the fourth and final step of the whisky production process, the distilled spirit will be aged for some length of time, and then bottled. This is done in order to further develop the flavoring of the whisky and obviously to package it so it can be sold.
So far in the previous three parts of this series, we’ve grinded and mashed together the grain ingredients that make the whisky and mixed with hot water. Then, we fermented this mixture and finally distilled it. Now that the distillation process is complete, we’re now ready to age the whisky. [click to continue…]
The third step in the whisky creation process is the distillation of the wash. This needs to be done in order to raise the ABV of the spirit.
As a quick review, in part 1 the grain ingredients of the whisky were mashed and mixed with hot water to create what is called wort. In part 2, the wort is combined with yeast and fermented. This fermented wort is called the wash. [click to continue…]
In this second post detailing how whisky is made, we’ll discuss the next step in creating whisky: fermentation of the wort.
As a quick refresher, wort is a sugary substance that’s produced after grinding and mashing the grain ingredients for the whisky, then mixing with hot water.
Once the wort is drained into the tank, it is ready to be fermented. [click to continue…]
In this first post detailing the whisky creation process, we’ll take a look at the first step in making a whisky, that is the grinding and mashing of the cereal grain (a key ingredient for making whisky).
First, lets get into the ingredients.
Whisky is made with mashed cereal grain mixed with water. Typically [click to continue…]
Knowing how a particular whisky is made can reveal a lot about its flavor, color, price and even a distillery’s history. This makes learning how the drink is made a great place to start for new whisky drinkers.
There are four stages when making this spirit [click to continue…]
One of the most popular types of whiskies is an American whiskey known as Bourbon. You’ve likely come across Bourbons before–Jack Daniels or Maker’s Mark are two very popular whiskeys. Although branded by their region, as we’ll review below, both meet the legal definition of Bourbon [click to continue…]