If you think drinking Jack Daniels whiskey at the bar every Friday night is badass, then you’ve got it all wrong folks. We love our Jack but you haven’t quite lived until you’ve stepped foot into the big bad world of whiskey. Being a whiskey connoisseur can provide great substance in your life such as impressing your date or sounding like you just closed a major deal at work. You can also convince your friends that drinking dark liquor isn’t so intimidating and that their throats really aren’t burning.
The Gold Folks Over at Cask Strength have given a comprehensive guide to the art of whiskey and the various kinds you should try.
Dry: Irish whiskey is usually dry whiskey. Irish are lighter bodied but fuller flavored mixes of grain, unmalted and malted barley. They are lightly sweet and great for drinking without a chaser or mix. Jameson is always reliable and if you’re looking for something a bit more hearty, then give Red Breast, Kilbeggan, or Connemar a try.
Sweet: Canadian Whiskey is known for its sweetness and it is blended with different types of rye. Canadian whiskey is awesome for mixing with other drink ingredients. Regular Crown Royal is a popular choice to begin with along with Crown Royal Cask No. 16 if you’re more experienced.
Spicy: Whiskeys that have over 50% rye are usually the spicy ones and tend to cost more because they’re not as diluted and don’t have as much added sugar. If you’re saving money, try Old Overholt, for a dry taste get Wild Turkey Rye (green label), and for a well-rounded spicy taste get Rittenhouse 100.
Earth: Single Malt and Blended Malt Whisky have an earthy taste and are commonly referred to as “Scotch” when the whiskey is from Scotland.
Single Malt: “Whisky made from one distillery, made from malted barley.” – CS
Blended Malt Whisky — There are 2 main kinds: “1) Vatted whisky- a mix of single malts from different distilleries, all malted barley. 2) Blended whiskey- grain whisky blended with malted barley.” – CS
Full Bodied: Bourbon is an American liquor, composed mostly of corn and a mix of barley, malted barley, rye and wheat. Bourbon is simple. In order for a Whiskey type to be considered Bourbon, it should be at least 366 days old and stored in new American oak barrels.
Types of Bourbon to try: Maker’s Mark (Sweet), Eagle Rare (Earthy), Wild Turkey (Spicy), or Jim Beam (Balanced & great as a steak marinade).
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