Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tips for your single malt whisky drinking

From GQ via The Australian:

1. "New adventurers should find a well-stocked venue as well as a barman guide for this rite of passage," Chalmers advises.

2. Start on your easy drinkers, the Highland or Speyside, then take on your more aggressive drops (Talisker, Lagavulin) once you've tested your mettle.

3. Add water. "A dash of water never hurts to release the flavours and soften the alcohol," advises Binion.

4. Don't add water. Yes, apologies for the confusion, but as the saying goes, "Never steal another man's wife; never water another man's whisky." The choice is ultimately yours.

5. Ice, baby? Well, again it's a matter of preference. Ice can cool the fire of an Islay but stymie the Dalwhinnie.

6. Please, no mixers.

7. Wee sips. Don't gulp; don't chug (cold nights in England excepted).

8. Go an ale chaser. "It really brings out the flavours," says Baxter. "Try a Pepperjack Ale."

9. Slainte Mhath! ("Good health"), which is one-upped by the response Slainte Mhor! ("Great health").
Hmm, makes me want to go and open that bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask I bought "overseas" this last trip.

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1 comment:

mkoutsoukos said...

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