When you want to become a whiskey lover you have to make sure that you start with good whiskey. Whiskey is made after distilling fermented grain mash. Different types of whiskeys use different type of grains. Most of the grains that are used are barley, rye and corn. Once the distillation process is complete, the whiskey is left to age in wooden oak casks. A good scotch whiskey will be aged for a minimum period of ten years and can be aged up to almost forty years or more. The longer the scotch has been aged, the more premium it is going to become.
When you are looking at developing a taste for whiskey you can be sure that you can have a plethora of tastes to choose from. Commonly there are almost five to six different aromas that you can find in any good whiskey. Sometimes you can even get over ten aromas in a single whiskey. Since a premium whiskey it is very complex in nature, tasting and nosing whiskey is considered an activity in itself. It will prod your brain and will remind you of long forgotten aromas that lie dormant in the recesses of your mind.
Whiskey is an acquired taste. Some people claim that they do not like the taste of whisky. Unfortunately, these people have simply not tasted the right flavor of whisky. The tastes of whiskeys have numerous variations and after tasting a few good whiskeys you will surely be able to find the taste that your palette loves. The best whiskey that you can drink is scotch whiskey. The whiskey producing region of Scotland has won the hearts of people the world over with their fine craftsmanship and superior sprit quality.
Apart from Scotch whiskeys which continue to make whiskey in the traditional manner and maintaining their high standards there are whiskeys from other parts of the world that are becoming quite prominent in the world of whiskey. Japanese whiskeys are coming up in a big way and are gradually carving a place for themselves. Along with Japanese whiskeys, Indian, Welsh and Swedish whiskeys are also coming up the ladder at a steady pace.
When you want to drink good whiskey you have to make sure that you learn the art of enjoying it. While in the beginning it might seem a little pretentious, as you get more comfortable with the ‘nosing’ and savoring you will begin to enjoy the game. While whiskey is served in a whiskey tumbler in most occasions, you need to know that when you are at a whiskey tasting session you will be served whiskey in a tulip shaped glass or a cognac glass. You need to swirl the whiskey in the glass to release all the aromas.
A lot of people ask for good whiskey on the rocks. While this works for a number of whiskeys, you should always drink a premium scotch whiskey or a single malt ‘neat’. Single malts and scotches are light and mild in taste. The ice in the drink further dilutes the flavor of the drink and takes away the experience of drinking an expensive alcohol. Also ice tends to chill the drink too much and prevents you from enjoying the full body of flavor that the drink has to offer.