There are few better ways to end the week than filling a glass with your favorite whiskey. Whether you prefer bourbon, scotch, rye, single malt, or one of the many other whiskey varieties, there are several possibilities to make the flavors blossom.
Here are some easy tips to ensure you’re making the most out of every sip:
- Glassware Makes a Difference
The type of glass you use will make a considerable impact on the way the whiskey tastes. If you prefer to drink your whiskey neat, opt for a nosing glass that accentuates the whiskey’s aroma, such as the Glencairn whisky glass.
However, if you’re drinking whiskey on the rocks, a sturdy, heavy tumbler is the way to go.
- Always Sniff Before You Sip
According to Healthline, your nose can identify over one trillion aromas, making your sense of smell a key component to enjoying a glass of whiskey.
So, after pouring a glass, take a moment to give the whiskey a swirl. Gently sniff it while keeping your mouth slightly open, which will help avoid inhaling the bitter scent of alcohol. Also, try to keep away from other odors, such as a candle or perfume. Focus solely on taking in the aroma of the whiskey.
- Try it Neat
There’s heated debate over the best way to enjoy whiskey. But, most agree to try it neat first, as that is how distillers create it to be enjoyed.
If you prefer to add water, try adding it drop by drop. For a chilled beverage, it’s best to use an ice ball, whiskey stones, or steel balls. They won’t melt and dilute the whiskey as much as smaller ice cubes that dissolve quickly.
- Pair it with These Foods
Overall, seafood, roasted meats, smoky cheese, and sweet desserts are the ideal dishes to pair with whiskey.
If you’re eating a lighter meal such as sushi, match it with a lighter Japanese whiskey. But, with a heavier meal, like steak or some other roasted meat, you might want to turn to bourbon. It’s a fuller-bodied whiskey, providing the perfect complement.
- Try it with Bitters
Bitters work similarly to a garnish in that they add a hint of additional flavor without taking over the entire palette. A wide range of bitters is available, including the traditional Angostura bitters, orange bitters, grapefruit bitters, and more.
- Mix it into a Cocktail
An expensive whiskey is meant to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. However, when you have a less expensive bottle, experiment by mixing it into a whiskey cocktail.
Some of the best include Sazerac, high ball, mint julep, John Collins, Irish coffee, and – of course – the tried-and-true Manhattan, whiskey sour, and old-fashioned.
- Enjoy it With a Cigar
Cigar and whiskey combinations work similarly to pairing wine with food – some pair better than others. If you have a cigar bar in your area, ask about the best cigars to enjoy with your whiskey of choice.
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