Who doesn’t enjoy an expensive whisky? But to do enjoy this expensive liquor you have to first train your taste buds and learn how to enjoy the drink. Whisky is considered to be a gentleman’s drink across the world and hence must be drunk in a manner befitting the tag associated with it.
A lot of people tend to get confused between a whisky, a Scotch and a bourbon. While they are all from the same family they are intrinsically different as well. A whiskey is an alcoholic beverage which is made from fermented grain mash. There are different grains which go into making a whiskey namely, malted barley, barley, rye, wheat, malted rye and maize. Once the liquid has been distilled it is then aged in wooden casks. The most common type of cask used to age whisky is the oak cask.
Scotch whisky is one of the most expensive whiskeys. A Scotch whisky is made in Scotland and has five main categories; single malt, single grain Scotch whisky, blended grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky and blended Scotch whisky. All of these Scotch whiskeys have to be aged for a minimum period of three years in specific oak casks.
The world of whisky can be confusing. So, this makes every bourbon a whisky but all whisky cannot be called bourbon. Bourbon is of American origin and for a whisky to become bourbon it must pass through exacting specifications. Much like cognac, a whisky can become bourbon only if it has been made in America. Bourbon is a type of whisky that is made from corn. It should not contain more than 80% of alcohol and should have 51% of corn. For a whisky to become bourbon it has to be aged for a minimum period of two years. But premium bourbon can be aged up to twenty years or more.
When you want to buy expensive whisky and appear like a whisky connoisseur, you have to stick to the single malts and stay away from the blends. Single malts have earthy smoky flavors that are warm and complex in taste. You need to learn to enjoy single malt as it is a taste that one has to acquire over time. When you want to purchase an expensive whisky you need to check the age of the Scotch. You can be sure that the longer the Scotch has aged the smoother it is going to be. Assess which is the variety of Scotch that you like and then choose the one which is the oldest in that available category.
When you want to buy an expensive whisky you should look for a Scotch that has been aged for a minimum period of twelve to fifteen years. The finest are the ones that have been aged for twenty one years. But when you want to truly savor a Scotch you should know how to drink it. Most people drink expensive whisky on the rocks. But the ice mellows down the flavor and the fine nuances of the flavor get lost somewhat in the water of the ice. The best way to drink a scotch is neat in a wide bottom glass. Take small sips and enjoy the fine taste and aromas.