An idiots guide to whisky

Whisky is the latest of our featured drinks, and comes with more complications then getting around London on tube strike day. Have no fear though, as we guide you through the basic steps in our idiots guide to whisky.

1) Whisky vs Whiskey

Trying to impress someone by ordering a sophisticated dram of whisk(e)y? Rule number one, don’t get the nationality wrong! Scotland and Ireland have dominated the distallary scene for years, and pride runs strong through the veins of both nations! It really is simple though:

  1. Whiskey – the ‘e’ signals an Irish/American origin
  2. Whisky – spelt without an ‘e’ means it is scotch based, and therefore originates from our Northern neighbours

One simple piece of knowledge ensuring you survive a night out in an Irish bar!

2) Peaty vs Smokey

The pre-eminent aromas of whisky language! Get this one wrong and your facial expression will immediately give away your disdain to the flavour. Choose your weapon wisely!

I will keep it simple – peaty flavour is like the tabacco of the cigar, whilst smokey is well, the smoke part!

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3) To Ice or Not To Ice? That is the question

A certain amount of respect goes out to any customer who orders a whisky neat, yet there is a certain sense of Je ne sais qoui about ordering ‘on the rocks’.

Which is for you though?

Much debate surrounds this topic, but in my mind it is best to keep it simple!

  • Expensive: neat
  • Cheap: on the rocks
  • hardened drinker: neat!

 

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