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Dive Deep Behind The Drink With Deep Complexity, Whiskey

Dive Deep Behind The Drink With Deep Complexity, Whiskey

Auli Cinantya
30 March 2022


How do you prefer to drink your Whiskey? On the rocks, neat, or shake or stir into a modern cocktail?


Whiskey is a spirit distilled from various cereal grains, including barley, corn, rye, or wheat. The liquid is usually aged in wooden barrels – sometimes called casks, often made of oak.

The term ‘whisky’ derives from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha,’ or ‘usquebaugh,’ meaning ‘water of life’. Gaelic is that branch of Celtic spoken in the Highlands of Scotland. Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years. There is some evidence to show that the art of distilling could have been brought to the country by Christian missionary monks. But nowadays, you can easily find different kinds of Whiskey worldwide.

Various regions worldwide have their distinguished Whiskey, resulting in different styles and unique tastes. Therefore it is hard to determine a single flavor associated with whiskey. Other regions regulate different production methods, so you will find a lot of different Whiskeys depending on where you are.

Their place of origin usually distinguishes different types of Whiskey, types of grain, blending processes, or aging processes. But overall, there are five main whiskey types: Scotch from Scotland, Bourbon from the USA, Irish Whiskey from Ireland, Canadian Whiskey from Canada, and Japanese Whisky from Japan. All these types of whiskey are distilled from various and specific grains depending on their origin.

So with all the different types of Whiskey, what is the best way to enjoy Whiskey?  

As quoted from Johnie Walker’s website – a Scotch whisky brand originated in the Scottish burgh of Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire. “There’s no right or wrong way to drink whisky. As long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters. But there are some ways you can appreciate it even more. Experiment with different glasses and serving temperatures. Add a little water or a mixer. Drink it in a cocktail. Only you know how to drink whisky in the right way for you.”

Whisky comes in a variety of flavors, textures, and fragrances. Thus, it can be used in a variety of ways. In a Highball cocktail, you can get creative and test it with surprising pairings. To bring out a diverse flavor profile, stick to classic drinks like a Whisky Sour and a Scotch Old Fashioned. Whisky is an excellent base for any cocktail, whether it’s spicy, sour, sweet, or bitter.

Drinking Whiskey ‘Neat’ is the term used when you drink Whiskey with no added elements – no ice or water. Some will advise drinking Whiskey Neat, especially if you drink a higher quality Whiskey, since you will be getting only the intended flavor of the spirit. But if you are a beginner, you can add a few drops of water to make the Whiskey a bit less intimidating.

Whiskey on the rocks is a term used when you drink Whiskey with added ice, although the flavor of alcohol will become a bit muted with the added ice.

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