Here are 3 Ways for You to Appreciate Whiskey Right in Time for World Whiskey Day
What are some ways to appreciate whiskey for World Whiskey Day?
- Find your favorite whiskey
- Choose the right drinking vessel
- Water it down
Whiskey might just be one of the best beverages in the world. It has slowly gained popularity and become one of the most popular drinks, especially in the Philippines. Jack Daniel’s and other whiskey brands are diverse, versatile, and delicious.
Whiskey was first used for medicinal purposes, gaining the moniker aqua vitae or “water of vitality.” It is believed to have been first distilled in the 1400’s, most likely in Scotland if evidence is to be believed. Over time, countries like England, Ireland, and the Philippines made whiskey their drink of choice.
Join us in our celebration of World Whiskey Day this May 19th with our list of ways to appreciate whiskey.
Find Your Favorite Whiskey
There has never been a better time to become a whiskey fan with the large selection of high-quality drinks easily available today. But before you head on to your favorite liquor store, you must first need to know the basics about the spirit itself.
Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage distilled from fermented grains and aged in wooden casks that comes in various styles and alcohol levels. Surveying all the whiskeys available in a liquor store or a bar can be intimidating, but the easiest way to distinguish them is by nationality.
This whiskey tends to be sweeter than other varieties. In order to be labeled as American, it must be distilled in America and aged in barrels, usually for two years. American whiskey can be further broken down into the following subcategories:
- Tennessee Whiskey – distilled in Tennessee and filtered through charcoal. In the Philippines, Jack Daniel’s is a popular brand of this whiskey.
- Rye – distilled from at least 51% rye.
- Bourbon – distilled from at least 51% corn.
Scotch whiskey tends to have earthy and smoky flavors. It is distilled in Scotland mostly from barley and aged at least three years. It is further broken down into the following subcategories:
- Single Malt Scotch – distilled from malted barley at a single distillery.
- Blended Scotch – as the name suggests, it is simply a blend of one or more Scotch whiskeys.
Irish whiskey tends to have a light-body but is more robust than Canadian whiskey. It is distilled in Ireland and aged for at least three years.
Perhaps the most light-bodied; Canadian whiskey is distinctly fruity. This whiskey is typically blended, is distilled in Canada, and is aged at least three years.
Some agree that the best way to choose a whiskey is to pick a style and try a few different whiskeys from that. Try out bottles from different price ranges and compare them. You probably won’t be able to tell too much of a difference at first, but take your time, let your taste buds mature, and you’ll be able to distinguish them eventually.
Choose the Right Drinking Vessel
There have always been conflicting opinions when it comes to drinking vessels. Before we get too deep into this part, we must first establish that it is perfectly fine to drink your whiskey out of a styrofoam cup or plastic cup. Do what you will and enjoy your drink.
Having said that, some vessels are definitely superior to others if you are looking to maximize the flavor of the whiskey. Always serve whiskey in a glass if possible in order to avoid tainting the flavor. A “rocks” glass or an Old-Fashioned glass, a tulip-shaped whiskey glass, and even a tin whiskey cup all contribute to concentrating the vapors and the flavors of the drink.
Water It Down?
Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics among whiskey enthusiasts and also one of the first questions asked by beginners. Some agree that the first time anyone drinks whiskey should be neat because it is how the makers intended it to taste like. When a whiskey’s proof (or alcohol percentage) gets too high, it numbs the taste buds and takes away some of the flavors.
Adding water or ice to your whiskey lowers its ABV. Diluting the beverage, especially for high-proof whiskeys, softens the punch of the alcohol and lets the whiskey flavor come through. And while many whiskey experts decry the use of ice, it can do what a small amount of water can do to your whiskey, but with the benefit of chilling the drink.
Opinions of people, “experts” or otherwise might be conflicted, but how you enjoy your whiskey ultimately falls on you. Drink whiskey the way you want, choose the ones you like, and spend as much or as little as you like.
Experiment and find what’s right for you. Don’t let anyone tell you how to enjoy drinking whiskey here in the Philippines. Go ahead and grab a glass, pour yourself a drink, relax, and kick back this World Whiskey Day!
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