LEARN HOW TO DRINK WHISKEY
Single Malt Whisky is the premium whisky – referring to a whisky distilled at one site, only using malted barley. A blend refers to a whisky that is made from malted barley and grain whisky. Grain whisky is a far cheaper and easier product to produce. Most Blended Whisky is created by mixing together a range of malts with the grain to create a whisky that will taste the same each and every time you drink it.
“Whisky” refers to the real stuff – Scotch – it’s distilled and bottled in Scotland, and is a minimum of 40%ABV. “Whiskey” is the stuff made everywhere else – Japan, Canada, America, New Zealand (practically anywhere barley grows).
In Scotland there are five broad regions – Islay, The Islands, Campbeltown, the Lowlands, The Highlands, and Speyside. They each have differing styles, weight, and flavour.
Islay – An Island to the west of Scotland, it produces the peatiest (referring to the fuel used to spark the malting of the barley), saltiest, driest and strongest of Scotches. Ardbeg 10 is a benchmark Islay Scotch
Lowlands – Scotch made in the Southern part of Scotland is referred to as Lowland. It’s generally light and heathery. A lot of Lowland whisky is used in blends. Glenkinchie 10 is a good example.
The Islands – This refers to any Whisky made off the coast of Scotland (excluding Islay). They’re generally salty and smoky – and invoke images of rough weather and bonfires. There is a huge variation in Island whiskies as they could come from Arran (way down south) to the Orkney Isles (way up north). Try Highland Park & Talisker to experience the joy of Island whisky in New Zealand.
Speyside – The engine room of Scotch. This is where all the big names are, but is also where a lot of small guys make beautifully sherried whiskies. These are whiskies that will definitely satisfy any lover of Scotch. GlenDronach 12 is the perfect example.
Campbeltown – Once this little town housed a heap of distilleries – now there are three/four – all pretty much owned by the same family. The whiskies produced here straddle the line between the other regions. Springbank is the Speysideish with a foot in the Islands, Longrow which like a (lightly) peated Islay, and Hazelburn is Lowlandesque in style.
The Highlands – Pretty much anywhere on the mainland that doesn’t fall in the other regions. There’s a huge range of styles and flavours ranging from Old Pulteney in the North to Glen Goyne in the South.
WHISKEY DRINKS THAT COULD HELP CURE YOUR COLD
Here, is the seven whiskey cocktails which helps you to dilate in your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.
- Whiskey Chai
Creamy, homemade chai meets rich bourbon in this warm, boozy nightcap.
- Gaelic Punch
Young Irish whiskey works best in this hot punch.
- Old Irish Cure
According to the Irish-born chef Sean Muldoon, Irish people often drink whiskey mixed with ginger, honey and lemon to treat colds. This is a version of that potion.
- The Turkey’s Wattle
This fantastic cold-weather cocktail gets its wonderful spiced flavor from apple cider, ginger beer and allspice liqueur.
- Auld Alliance
Herbal, smoky and strong, this sinus-clearing cocktail is terrific with a smoky Scotch.
- Marmalade Whiskey Sour
A teaspoon of orange marmalade gives this drink a bright citrusy flavor and silky texture.
- Casting Aspersions
Honey and lots of fresh citrus juice make this a great cold-kicking cocktail.