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Neat, with water or on the rocks? With peanuts or with cheese? Just after twilight or well into the dark? There are hundreds of ways to enjoy whisky. Tell us about your favourite.

We all know that alcohol is regarded bad for health. Also, it is said to negatively impact your lifestyle when it is not respected and consumed in excess, which is true. If you can drink whiskey in moderation, just to enjoy, it will confer some health benefits for you. Consuming 2-3 ounces of whiskey daily is said to be healthy. It is full of organic compounds and rich in ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant which offers a lot of health benefits.

I can sense myself the real taste of whiskey in the way of gentleman style; Pouring whiskey about half of Tulip glass. Brighten up the color of whiskey to rock and crack the moment by guessing its age. Adding three to four or to a minimum shine cube of ice in the glass of whiskey. Dripping a few drops of water into my whiskey to neutralized the hard points of it so as to smooth in my sip. Lift the glass to my nose for its sweet smell that can suppress the weakness of a man. Then have a sip with its aroma to make full confident over its taste. A glass of whiskey in a city fine bar can bring mental solace.

Whiskey, the amber nectar, deserves to be drunk unadulterated. The intricacies of flavours it has to offer are perhaps the reason it is the most revered of the spirits since ages. Starting from the grain, the drink accumulates layers and layers of flavours as it passes through the distillation and maturing processes. From oak casks to charcoal mellowing, the sources are endless. So when one chances upon a good whiskey, the right thing to do is take a moment with it and decide for oneself. The first notes of smell and the first micro-sip tell what would be the best way to drink it. At the very least, this gives one chance to appreciate the many chapters of the story in one’s hands. If the drink requires some chilling, a couple of ice-cubes will not hurt. Sometimes, the after effects are a little too harsh on the throat. This would advocate a little dilution with water.

My best memories of whisky are actually food related than about drinks. I stayed as a paying guest with a Catholic family who stocked one of the largest bottles of Johnny Walker Red which was rarely empty.  Mrs. R used to liberally pour this into everything from meals to desserts and make special occasions even more special.

During the Xmas season she used to soak the dry fruits and candied cherries in industrial rum for a week before she prepared her Xmas cakes (sent to her family in different parts of the globe). But the one she served at home would be cut into neat thin slices and soaked in… yes, you guessed it, Whisky. She preferred it to Rum for the final soaking. She gave me about 10 slices to take to my office, and when I opened the box the entire office meeting room was filled with the fumes of whisky.  It was the best Xmas cake we ever ate, and truly brought out the spirit of the festive season.

Almost every time, she used to add a slug of whisky to the marinated meat and to the barbecues that she prepared, and just to make sure I didn't feel left out - she’d top a couple of spoons to the paneer and vegetables when I joined them at these occasions (as I am vegetarian).  Needless to say, I haven't tried such uniquely flavored curries and meals where the alcohol content would have evaporated but a special whisky flavor would give a different kick that wasn't heady but pleasure full to say the least. 

Till I discovered single malt, I used to have whisky with water, or sometimes with Cola and ice. One of my colleagues used to tell me it was a waste of whisky and kept insisting I try a finger of whisky instead, and sip this gently. This was the premium brands of whisky.

But that habit continued and took a leap when I met my friends from Tamil Nadu who’d also have this neat or on the rocks - and keep some pickle on the side.  For them it was all about the ‘burn’ and especially when had on the rocks it was the fun of that icy burn trickling down the throat, laced with a slice of pickle to take the burn to another level.

I do enjoy the sip of whisky but the memory of the foods is what I best remember of how I enjoyed Whisky best.

Many people in this world like to drink whiskey; some truly love its taste; some others enjoy its aroma and the high it gives after; and some others just drink it because others do. While there is no standard way to drink whiskey, it is best had the way you enjoy it. The best way to enjoy whisky, in my opinion, is drinking it slowly,in the company of the one whom you care most about and you enjoy your time with. Whisky is known as the king of all drinks, and one can enjoy whisky each day of every month or in every situation,whether it is a matter of joy or sorrow, you can enjoy it's taste every time. And what makes it one of the best alcoholic drinks is that it will refresh you every time you have it. I enjoy drinking whisky the most with my best buddies while teasing them and having a good laugh. Even if you are drinking with new people, you can become the best of friends in no time! That is the best thing i like about whisky; it helps you bond better with old people and new ones alike!

Not only do I but even science and whiskey experts all over the worldsay that your glass of whisky will taste best if you add a splash of water to it.

 

I know that the purists will not agree with me here. But seriously, Do try it at least once. There actually exists a better world out there, one thatcomes without a glass of ‘neat’ whisky!

 

The trick is not to overdo it. A splash means strictly a splash and not a drop more. If you add too much, your whisky becomes way too diluted and starts to leave a rather unpleasant taste in your mouth.

 

A bit of water opens up the flavor of the whisky. So now, you can sit back and appreciate your fine drink more than you had ever done before! The difference between a neat and a mix is so evident that you will notice it in the first sip itself!

 

On the rocks is also not a bad way to enjoy your drink! All you need is a couple of ice cubes. Again, don’t overdo it. Don’t stack up ice cubes in your glass up to its brim

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Yes, guys, you may ask me, having whisky benefits our health. Of course, you can feel some changes and improvements to your health system as well while consuming whisky regularly. I have read few articles related to this question as well as consult with medical experts too. They also suggest consume a limited amount of alcohol at a regular time span which will lead you to avoid heart-related issues, blood clots, diabetes and much more. It also helps us to maintain the body weight too. So don’t get worried about anything have some amount of whisky regularly it will be good for your health.

Whenever, I am in stress level, and I always go for whisky. Before going to sleep on my bed, consuming whisky is my habit. Even, most of my friend's keeping follow the same. If you take a glass of whisky after so much of work pressure during a night time, it will always give you the heavenly feel. Also, you will get the best sleeping experience to have a start of fresh next day. But, I would like to share is consuming whisky is good, but have a gap between your consuming period. Some of the non-quality brands might affect your health as well. So, try always good quality drinks. 

The right way to drink whisky doesn’t exist, but then, the best way, now that is an interesting topic for debate.

Till the beginning of this year, I definitely kept myself amidst the purists when it came to drinking whisky! When I say purist, I mean those ardent whisky lovers who would want nothing more than to sip away on their favorite brand of brown liquid with no adulteration whatsoever! 

I loved my whisky neat. Period.

But on New Year’s Eve, I literally got into an argument with a friend of mine over the best way to drink it! I insisted on going all-neat while he kept on pushing for a mix with water! 

Now, I’ve tried whisky and water before, and trust me, it was disgusting. I just couldn’t understand how someone could be a fan of that mix, especially my friend!

To prove his point, my friend made me a mix. I drank it and to my own surprise, I liked it. It was really nice. 

I later realized that the secret lies in adding just the right amount of water. Even a bit extra than a mere splash can totally ruin your whiskey rather than opening up its flavor, which is what happened to me the first time.

As I have said earlier too, I love to have whiskey with water. I add a few drops of water before sipping. Some other times, I add little Soda or soft drink but enjoy it more with water. I also love it when I add few cubes of ice to it to get the coolness of it. But the best way as a drinker I think, we should try it in all forms and leave it for a later decision as to which one tastes better. I prefer to have it at leisure with genuine drinkers; genuine means the ones who enjoy the process of drinking.

The right way to drink whisky doesn’t exist, but then, the best way, now that is an interesting topic for debate.

Till the beginning of this year, I definitely kept myself amidst the purists when it came to drinking whisky! When I say purist, I mean those ardent whisky lovers who would want nothing more than to sip away on their favorite brand of brown liquid with no adulteration whatsoever! 

I loved my whisky neat. Period.

But on New Year’s Eve, I literally got into an argument with a friend of mine over the best way to drink it! I insisted on going all-neat while he kept on pushing for a mix with water! 

Now, I’ve tried whisky and water before, and trust me, it was disgusting. I just couldn’t understand how someone could be a fan of that mix, especially my friend!

To prove his point, my friend made me a mix. I drank it and to my own surprise, I liked it. It was really nice. 

I later realized that the secret lies in adding just the right amount of water. Even a bit extra than a mere splash can totally ruin your whiskey rather than opening up its flavor, which is what happened to me the first time.

So yeah, whiskey with water for me, please!
 

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Different people enjoy their whiskies in differently. Enjoying a whiskey needs patience, a steady palate, and experience. For example, it is generally suggested to not start drinking whisky with the best, i.e., Scotch. The reason is scotch enters your throat with a sting at the end and learning to manage that needs experience.

Beyond that, the true method to enjoy whisky, in my opinion, is by not diluting it with anything else. Whichever, whisky you have laid your hands on, just sip it and learn about using your senses and give each other time before you sip it down. Add ice if you may to tame the sting a little but no more.

Most people will suggest a zillion ways to enjoy your whisky, but at the end, it’s your tongue, it’s your palate, and you have got to make a call on how you like your whisky. Of course, there are ideas you can get from everyone, but you need to try each and every idea so that you know which one you like the best.

Having a Whisky requires a setting and a setting that suits your mood such that it uplifts your spirits. You can make your surroundings dark, bright or dim based on how you want the lighting to be. The setting gets enhanced if it is playing the music of your choice. You could stir your whiskey and ice with some jazz in the background or blues. You can even try a classic drinker’s list to go with your whisky. Your whisky could be on the rocks or without ice. Your whisky could also have sparkling water or none of it. It could be a mix of water and sparkling water both or just water. Like I wrote in the beginning, the best way to enjoy whisky is how you enjoy it. 

Different people enjoy their whiskies in differently. Enjoying a whiskey needs patience, a

steady palate, and experience. For example, it is generally suggested to not start drinking

whisky with the best, i.e., Scotch. The reason is scotch enters your throat with a sting at the

end and learning to manage that needs experience.

Beyond that, the true method to enjoy whisky, in my opinion, is by not diluting it with anything

else. Whichever, whisky you have laid your hands on, just sip it and learn about using your

senses and give each other time before you sip it down. Add ice if you may to tame the sting

a little but no more.

At the outset of such a thought, most important way to enjoy whisky is to have it in the first place
as against just seeing it from a distance and making comments. I learned from my father to
respect the drink and it respects you back. My first lesson in drinking was, thus, to always hold
your drink, no matter if you are drinking it with water or having it neat. Hold your damn drink!
When having it neat for instance, allow the whiskey to release heat on your lips with very small
sips which can go on for half an hour. You then hold your sip in your mouth, roll it around, till it
begins to taste sweet and then you swallow it whole. Adding soft drink to your drink, in my opinion
is a cold-blooded murder of a very expensive liquid. Soda and water are still acceptable and I
guess everyone has their own mixing quantities of soda and water or water alone.
The best whisky tastes better with good company and the rarest whisky tastes better when alone.

I think the title does not do any justice to whisky and is actually a half baked thought where

someone who’s not a true whisky lover just started wondering about the ways to enjoy

whisky. That being said, the simplest, most golden rule to enjoy whisky is to drink it, for

starters.

No matter what brand you hear is the best or which type of whisky is the worst, you let your

own tongue decide and not the rest of the world. Much like you would have distinct choices

in food, you are also wired to have a distinct choice in whisky and how to drink it.

There are people, for instance, who consider it a sin to add anything to their whisky and

would advise to follow in their footsteps but who’s to say, you’ll like the burn at the end?

Then there are those who add water and say that this process allows the whisky to spread

its arms and release more flavours. Who’s to say you’ll like a watered down sting?

Then finally come those who would use personally fixed proportions of soda (sparkling

water) and water into their whisky and who’s to say you wouldn’t prefer simple beer better?

The thing is, you have to finally decide which way the ‘water of life’ should go inside you, that

is my personal opinion.

The right way to drink whisky doesn’t exist, but then, the best way, now

that is an interesting topic for debate.

Till the beginning of this year, I definitely kept myself amidst the purists

when it came to drinking whisky! When I say purist, I mean those

ardent whisky lovers who would want nothing more than to sip away on

their favorite brand of brown liquid with no adulteration whatsoever!

I loved my whisky neat. Period.

 

But on New Year’s Eve, I literally got into an argument with a friend of

mine over the best way to drink it! I insisted on going all-neat while he

kept on pushing for a mix with water!

Now, I’ve tried whisky and water before, and trust me, it was

disgusting. I just couldn’t understand how someone could be a fan of

that mix, especially my friend!

To prove his point, my friend made me a mix. I drank it and to my own

surprise, I liked it. It was really nice.

I later realized that the secret lies in adding just the right amount of

water. Even a bit extra than a mere splash can totally ruin your whiskey

rather than opening up its flavor, which is what happened to me the

first time.

So yeah, whiskey with water for me, please!