As we enter November we enter what some call ‘the brown months’. It sounds ominous but- BROWN, as in brown spirits, specifically meaning WHISKEY. Yum!!
Whiskey. The more I tasted it, the more I loved it. And the more I talked to customers about it, the more intrigued I became with it. The more intrigued I became, the more research and learning I did.
To start out, I learned there is no right or wrong way to drink whiskey. I love to tell this to our customers in the tasting room. Really- drink your spirit how YOU like it (I mean, why would you drink something you didn’t like???).
Four Potential Ways to Drink Whiskey
Neat: this means room temperature, nothing added, straight from the bottle. Not considered by experts to be the best way. Drinking it neat causes a ‘buzzing’ sensation which is actually the numbing of your taste buds. After the 2nd or 3rd sip you no longer can taste all the nuances of the whiskey because you have deadened you taste buds. Yikes! Whiskey With Water: Many people consider this the ‘best’ way to drink whiskey. They key is to add distilled or spring water. Any water with chlorine will kill the flavors of the whiskey- so be careful what you add! Whiskey on the Rocks: this means ICE! But not your everyday ice made from tap water. Make yourself some special ice from distilled or spring water. Once the whiskey is cold enough spoon out the ice so it doesn’t get too watered down. Whiskey in a Cocktail: Whiskey can make some fantastic cocktails. Some of the more classic are Manhattan, Whiskey Sour, Whiskey Ginger, Mint Julep, and after the cold rainy weather we’ve been having you can’t forget the Hot Toddy!!! Don’t let anyone tell you different- whiskey in a cocktail is a perfectly acceptable way to drink it! But, I think the main reason we drink whiskey during the fall and winter here in the northwest was said best by the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw:
“Whiskey is liquid sunshine”
And who doesn’t need more sunshine this time of year!
(all images c/o Berry Lane Photography)