A Man Who Drinks Whiskey

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Whiskey is the perfect balance of straight edge and crazy.

If a man makes whiskey his drink of choice, you know he's got his head on straight. He sees the beauty in things and takes time to appreciate everything.

As great as he is in life, he's even better in the bedroom. He's bold, adventurous and sexy as hell. The whiskey man is as distinct and special as his beverage.

Whiskey evokes an image of an older man, sitting in a high-back, winged chair in a dark study. Maybe that was how your father drank or maybe that’s just a scene in a movie. But whiskey is no longer an old man’s drink. Once you've passed your college-era Fireball shots and want to expand your drink Rolodex, whiskey might be the next thing to try. Here's what's up about the whiskey business.

What makes a whiskey whiskey?
Whiskey is distilled from fermented grain mash, made from barley, corn, rye, or wheat. It is typically aged for two years in charred white oak wooden casks. Whiskey is distilled at a minimum of 40 percent abv.

What’s distilled?
Distilled is for purifying alcohol. The more times a whiskey is distilled, the more pure it becomes because the process removes compounds that can make whiskey gross and or dangerous to drink.

What’s the difference between whiskey, scotch and bourbon?
Whiskey, scotch and bourbon are all whiskey. Scotch and bourbon just happen to be specific types of whiskey. Scotch has to made from malted barley and no fermentation additives or short-cuts permitted. It also has to be aged for three years and it has to be 100 percent made in Scotland. On the other hand, Bourbon has to be made in United States and from corn. A common myth is that it has to be made in Kentucky. That's false — it just happens the vast majority of bourbon is made in Kentucky.

What’s the difference between whiskey and whisky?
Whiskey is alcohol distilled Ireland and America. Whisky is distilled everywhere else, including Scotland, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe.

How do you drink whiskey?
However you want to. Crown and Coke, neat, over rocks or in cocktails. Whiskey and whiskey-based drinks tend to be served in an old-fashioned glass.

What's a whiskey neat?
Straight up.

I add water to my whiskey. Am I a wimp?
Nope. Fun fact: A few drops of water can temper the strength of the alcohol-y taste, allowing you to experience the full range of flavors. So the next time you get ragged on for pouring a great whiskey over an ice cube, mention you're not wimpy — just sophisticated.

How do I taste whiskey?
With your mouth. And nose. Whiskey, like any alcohol, has an aromatic factor. If you can handle it, stick your nose in your glass and take a deep breath. Or take a sip of your drink and breathe out — you'll be able to smell and taste nuances of flavors. 

I’m new to whiskey. Where do I start?
If you've had Fireball shots, you've actually had whiskey. If you're really a whiskey virgin, try something like Jack Daniels or a Jim Bean mixed in coke or in a cocktail before drinking it straight. If you really want to drink it without any mixing, add a few drops of water to the whiskey. 

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