We all love a good whiskey but what is it that makes a whiskey drink really good? Here are the top 5 tips to help you savour that moment.
#1: Good Whiskey
Do we even need to say this! Yes, it goes without saying you have to start with a good whiskey. For me a scotch just won’t cut it. Call me a whiskey racist but Irish whiskey is the best. I am not a fan of the smoked flavour of scotch. And while we’re being fussy, the older the better. I usually start with an 8 year old and work upwards.
#2: Good Glass
It depends on what you are doing. If you’re tasting whiskey then the tulip shaped glass is the best. It allows you to swirl the whiskey without spillage. The aromas concentrate in the neck of the glass. However for an evening drink then the tumbler works best. It allows the whiskey to oxidise. Mixing whiskey with air, at room temperature, will change the taste.
#3: A Little Cube of Ice or Perhaps a Dash of Water
I know many turn their noses at this suggestion but it depends on what you are doing. If you are tasting whiskey, adding 1/5 water stops the whiskey anaesthetising your senses. Personally, I like adding a cube of ice but beware; unfortunately cooling whiskey prevents it from releasing its full flavour.
#4: Good Atmosphere
It’s about how comfortable you feel – the chair you’re sitting in, the darkened lighting in the room, the isolation from a busy bar and unnecessary noise and the good relationship & easy chat with the bar man.
#5: Good Company
You need to enjoy the moment. It is good to have a heart warming belly laugh every once in a while so why not do it over a whiskey. I recommend close friends and a trip down memory lane.