There Is No Bad Whiskey

Saturday is the best at Bacchus. $6 Jack (all flavors). $7 sandwiches and flatbread pizzas. DJ Matt at 10PM. No cover charge! Yes!

Whiskey remains a popular spirit around the world. Choosing a favorite and deciding how best to enjoy it can be difficult because there's many choices and many opinions out there.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy whisky even more - whether you're a seasoned drinker or someone who likes the odd tipple here and there. Of course, our first piece of advice is to make sure you always enjoy alcohol in moderation only. Beyond that though, here are our top three tips for whiskey drinkers...

1. Look For the Whiskey's Origin
You will be faced with a huge amount of choices when picking a whiskey. This is great news of course, but can also lead to problems relating to the agony of choice! The whiskey's country of origin is a good place to start when deciding which is best for you because, just like wines, whiskies distilled in different countries come with unique characteristics of their own. Here's a quick summary of the characteristics of whiskies from four of the more common whisky-producing countries:

• American Whiskey tends to be trivially sweeter than whiskies from other countries.
• Scotch Whisky tends to be earthy, with a distinctively smoky taste.
• Irish Whiskey tends to be light-bodied and less over-powering.
• Canadian Whiskey tends to be light and fruity.

Each drinker will have their personal preference, and it's best to move through a process of trial and error in order to settle on your favorite. 

2. Recognize the Different Types of Whiskey
Different American and Scotch whiskies are also distilled in different ways and can even use different base ingredients, each of which produces a distinct flavor:

  • American Bourbon is distilled from 51% corn and will contain no more than 80% alcohol content. It has a subtly sweet taste. Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Bulleit, Knob Creek, Larceny.
  • American Rye Whiskey is distilled from at least 51% rye, as the name suggests. Rye provides a slightly spicy flavor and rye whiskies are more bitter than Bourbons. Bulleit Rye
  • Tennessee Whiskey is a form of Bourbon, distilled in Tennessee and filtered through charcoal to give it a smokier taste. Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels (regular, Fire and Honey)
  • Single Malt Scotch is distilled using malted barley as the only grain ingredient. They tend to possess a fruity softness with a dry finish. Glenlivet.
  • Blended Scotch is quite literally two different whiskies from different distilleries blended together. They tend to have well rounded flavors, with a lingering finish. Dewars, Johnny Walker Black, Jameson Irish.

3. Straight or On The Rocks?
There are few more fierce debates among drinkers than the age-old argument about whether whisky is best consumed neat or with ice. Some enthusiasts may decry the use of ice but it can take the edge off the alcohol and allow the full range of flavors to come through. Some people will even add a small dash of water to particularly strong whiskies to fully unlock the flavors. Your first taste of any new whisky is probably best taken neat and distilled. That said, there's no right or wrong way, and you should develop your own personal preference.

Stop by Bacchus today and/or tonight for some $6 Jack (all flavors) or any other cocktail. It's always a fun time and there's never a cover. :-)