Whisky Tips & Tricks
Love whisky? Here’s how to choose the best whisky glasses
One of the most crucial things in your whiskey box, after the whisky, of course, is a glass. Selecting the right glass for whisky on the basis of style and shape improves the enjoyment of whisky fans. Moreover, each type of glass prefers a specific situation and style to make your drinking enjoyment. The choice of a person also plays a vital role because whiskey itself is all about personal preference. Whisky glasses are chosen by experienced ones for special occasions. Let me keep you aware of what kinds of current whiskey glasses the market has. The most familiar kinds of whiskey glasses are the Glencairn, the tumbler, the snifter, the neat whisky glass, and the tulip-shaped glass. Find one or two glasses first that will work best for you, and start to drink like an aficionado. You should visit more than one distillery, and collect many of the styles that range from the compact Glencairn to the extravagant snifter. Our guide can give you a hand in finding the best glass to make your drink enjoyable. Characteristics of a Whisky Glass The taste of whiskey also depends on the kind of glass served. The best glass gives you an excellent tasting experience. The following are the three characteristics of whiskey glasses: Appearance and Feel How does glass highlight the look and appearance of whiskey when you serve it at a party? Have you got the right glass in your hand? Can it break simply by breathing on it hard? Generally, glasses should feel balanced, of good quality, and solid in your hand. It also gives a good appearance while sitting on the shelf. Drinkability The flow of a drink can be affected by the shape of the glass when tilted to take a sip. During tasting, the narrow design of the glass may reduce the quantity of drink in a sip. The glass edges are also important in drinkability characteristics. Both thick and thin edges can cause hurdles like trickling a sip. Don’t turn upside down your glass to get the last precious drop of whiskey (the water of life) from the bottom. Nosing Glasses also have the ability to enhance the aromas coming out of them. For high-quality whiskey, choose a glass with a wider opening to allow the spirit to breathe a little more. The design of the glass either directs whiskey’s aroma towards the nose of the drinker or into the air, carrying ethanol fumes. Smelling different aromas and perfuming can have an effect on the overall flavor of a drink. Before pouring whiskey, go to the sink, clean the glass, and pour it down to clean it completely. Here are some major kinds of whiskey glasses: Types of Whisky glasses Glasses are specially designed to increase the aroma and drink experience. The glass you select can also come down to individual preference. The Whisky tumbler The whisk tumbler, also known as rock glass, is the most common, and you can see this on every bar. This is old-fashioned and has a wide rim. Its wide rim and solidity make it suitable for mixed drinks, lower-end whiskeys and cocktails, but not for nosing. There are two more prominent forms of whiskey tumbler: The standard rocks glass Rounded rock glass Pros: Having space for large pours and pieces of ice Doesn’t affect the aromas Present in every bar Cons: The thick glass edge It does not provide a soothing feeling in the hand. Can’t enhance the aroma The NEAT Glass This is a new innovation in nosing glass. The NEAT (Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology) glass helps to keep away harsh vapors that burn and numb the nose. This was the result of a mistake while making glass in a glass manufacturing factory, but the analysis and testing revealed that the Neat Glass style is the perfect shape for nosing. Pros: Evaporating harsh vapors keeps you safe from burning and numbing the nose. Has plenty of space for ice Cons: It does not provide a comfort feeling when held. The Glencairn Glass People who don’t like the long stem of whisky glasses love the Glencairn Glass. Its wide and solid base makes it stable and difficult to break. Swirling whisky in a Glencairn glass is easy due to its tulip shape. The shape of the glass originated from "nosing copitas" that were used in the 17th and 18th centuries for spirits and wine. Almost all distilleries have this glass for tasting whiskey. You will find this small glass in every local pub in Scotland. Pros: Focus on aroma to make it taste better. It has a good look. Cons: Space is small. No room for ice cubes Gives dainty feeling in your hand The Snifter Glass The Snifter glass, also called Cognac or Brandy glass, is similar to the Glencairn glass and is also referred to as the balloon glass. It has no thick base but can directly sit on the table. Generally, people use it for tasting whisky, as it permits them to savor their whisky. You can hold it partially horizontal with a fall of whisky. The snifter glass has a narrow tip, a wide bottom vessel, and short-stemmed glass. Pros: Hard to whisky spilling Suitable for swirling in the hand Cons: Aroma can escape through a wide mouth. Stem Glass or Nosing Glass Stem or nosing glass is apparent and clear. You can easily judge your whisky color from it. It reflects less light, so the color appears clearer. While swirling the whisky, the single drop on the glass wall can allow you to check the viscosity. The stem glass has a narrow opening which gives a concentrated aroma while sipping. According to the rule of thumb, use a large volume glass for heavy whiskies (Islay, Highlands), and a small volume glass for light whiskies (Smooth Highlands, Lowlands). The rim of the glass impacts how liquid flows onto your tongue. The flow of whisky onto the tongue will be much more comprehensive if the glass widens again. Pros: Narrow upper concentrate aroma that improves the sip. Color is more visible Gives the whiskey a broader flow on the tongue Cons: Less durable The Tulip Glass The tulip glass is also known as the "dock glass" because merchants used it for nosing wines and spirits near the dock. This bowl-shaped vase with a narrow stem is based on the copita, an old Spanish glass used for sherry. Its long stem protects against polluting the smell, keeping your hands away from your nose. The tulip glass is the choice of true whisky connoisseurs, mixers, and master distillers around the world. The long stem and narrow base of the tulip whisky glass render it vulnerable to being knocked over or damaged, which is major drawback. Pros: Keep your whisky safe from polluting Having a catchy appearance Cons: The narrow base and long stem make it easy to break. The Shot Glass The shot glass is especially for those people who want to drink a small amount of whisky very quickly. It has a small size, so it's intended for a small amount of alcohol (generally ounces). You can’t use it for a leisurely sip. The shot glass is widely found in high-volume bars. There are two types of shot glass: Shooter Whiskey Glass: it serves double shots and has more space for garnishing than a traditional shot glass. Its straight sides and light weight allow for making creative shots. Cordial Whiskey Glass: this has a more formal appearance, like a tulip-shaped glass. You can enjoy a limited amount of whisky without ice. Unlike the shooter whiskey glass, it has flared sides and a small stemmed base. Pros: Perfect for control Avoid over pouring or waiting for alcohol Simple to clean Cons: No use of ice Can’t enjoy leisurely sips The Highball Glass A highball glass is taller than a whisky tumbler, having more room for liquid and ice. This is mostly used in Japan for mixing cocktails with whisky. Pros: More room for ice Easy to mix whisky with cocktails in it Cons: Aroma can leak out Facts about Whiskey Glasses and Decanters What are whisky glasses? Whisky glasses have all the shapes and sizes. This means that everyone can select one according to their own cup of tea. Shot glasses are designed for drinking whisky, while tumblers are used for mixing drinks. Whatever you like to drink, choose the right glass for you. The design and shape of whisky glasses are designed for specific characteristics. Sensation matters while tasting whiskey. The eyes notice the color, the nose smells the aroma and tastes the whisky as it passes through the lips to the sides of the tongue. Whisky glasses impact the flavor. For a better sip, taste and smell both play their roles. Some glasses concentrate the smell, and some leak out the aroma. Glasses also help out by leaking out harsh vapors. You can use any kind of glass to sip your beverage, but the shape of the glass, its composition, the feel when it's in your hand, and how it’s made all matter. Yes, the glass creates an atmosphere and enhances the amusement. What are whisky decanters? Like a wine decanter, a whisky decanter is designed for storing whisky. Pouring your whisky from bottle to whiskey decanter causes your liquid to oxidize, which makes a stronger and higher-quality scent of your whisky. Decanters come in various shapes and sizes, so you can use them to decorate your bar, kitchen, or restaurant. A decanter is a straightforward piece of glassware that decants your whiskey. It undergoes design changes over time to make it more beautiful and advanced. Why choose handmade glasses? It's human nature that he feels more reliable with hand-made things because he considers the handmade things more trustworthy and more durable. So, the same case is here with whisky glasses. Almost all whisky connoisseurs will come to an agreement that drinking from a handmade glass is something special. So, the handmade glass makers strive to minimize the differences. There may be minute imperfections and variations in handmade glasses. Handmade glasses are a bit more expensive than others. Make sure that your whisky glass will add amusement to your tasting experience. Lead-containing glasses and decanters In the past, people used a thick mug or a thick and heavy glass, but they couldn’t gulp whiskey speedily. Unfortunately, a glass with a thick rim is not favored nowadays. In the past, people made glasses and decanters with thick lead crystal, but in the present era, you merely get a lead-containing glass or decanter in stores, and that purchase will be in an antique store. To check the lead-containing glass, you have to test it in a lab. However, there are a few tricks you can use to do it at home: Compare the glass. Lead-containing glass will be heavier. Pass a white light through the glass. A slight white light can make a rainbow prism. If the cuts on your decanter or glass are smooth, there is a possibility that it holds lead. How does shape affect the drinking experience? The shape of glasses has great effects on your drinking experience. Each type of glass has a specific character, such as, tulip glass, which directs your liquid aromas to your nose, but some will burn or numb your nose by directing harsh vapors. A shot glass is more preferable for swirling the whisky, and a long glass is preferred for mixing whisky with a cocktail. The Decanter as a symbol of high status In the beginning, a whisky decanter on display was a symbol of high social and financial status. But nowadays, these are just pieces of decorative glassware. Even cheaper decanters still make a great, catchy look for your shelves, bar, restaurants, kitchen, and home. Both decanters and glasses give an aesthetic touch to your home. Both come in various shapes. How to choose the best whisky glass? The debate on "how to choose the best whisky glass" is as diverse as selecting a whiskey. Some expertise prefer tulip-shaped glasses because they present the flavor and aroma of alcohol. Other whisky lovers say a shot glass is better because it allows for slow sipping. Here’s what some do not know: a glass has an impact on the whole drinking experience. Basically, a glass is a vessel that is a midway between lips and bottle. But a well-shaped glass can add much more to the drinking experience. Whisky is all about personal, so personal preference matter. Your budget, storage space, how you enjoy whisky, desired aesthetic, and the types of glass you already use all influence your choice of whisky glass. How do you enjoy whisky? How you drink and amuse whisky also determines the design, shape, and size of the glass you have to buy. You can enjoy your whisky: With adding water Using ice cubes or whisky stones With cocktails Neat_ drink pure at room temperature Choose shot glasses that will keep you away from overdosing on neat whisky. If you want to mix your whisky with a cocktail, ice cubes, and whisky stones, opt for higher volume glasses like tumblers. What is your budget? Normally, whisky glasses have a higher price than any other glass. For purchasing your desired set of glasses, focus on your budget. Make sure your normal life does not straggle while you are buying glasses. You can also order this from an online store to avail the best deals. Consider the bowl shape To feel the comfort of glass in hand, the bowl area can create big differences. In a large bowl, the swirling of whisky is very easy without the spilling of droplets. A larger bowl means a larger surface area for aroma release.So, swirling and smelling enhance the drinking experience. Bit larger bowl helps in evaporating some harsh vapours before touching your nose. It also urges you to dissipate the alcohol. Consider the stem A stem enhances the beauty of the glass, but it has no effect on the taste of whisky. A large stem saves you from heating up your hand while holding a glass. Stem glass gives a luxury look to your bar, kitchen, or showcase. As long will be the stem, there will be less chance of polluting the taste of the drink with your hands touch. Drinking in a shot glass leaves a warming effect on your hand. The one drawback of having a long tail or stem is that it is easy to break and spill. Are they easy to clean? In addition to all the above-mentioned characteristics, check that the glasses you are going to choose are dishwasher safe and will save your energy and time. Some glasses don’t fit into the dishwasher, such as stemmed glasses. Stemmed glasses are delicate_ extreme caution is required when washing and cleaning them. Also, consider how glasses will be stored in the dishwasher; some require space among them. These factors may lead you to choose the whisky glasses that suit you best. Can they be stacked? Bring that glasses into your home that are easy to store, stack on top of each other, and move from one location to another. You can’t stack stemmed glasses (snifters and tulips) in an apple pie order, but seamless glasses (shot glasses and tumblers) can be stacked on top of one another. Durability of glass Crystal glasses are more expensive and more delicate. Before spending money, make sure that the glasses you want will last for a while to amuse you. Tempered glasses can heat up and cool down quickly. This factor increases their strength. So, considering durability, choose tempered glass.
26 August, 2022
Why aged whisky tastes better
It only takes a few days to distil a barrel of whisky, but it can take years of ageing for its flavour to mature. Ageing whisky involves placing distilled spirits into wooden barrels and leaving them for a prolonged period of time, usually more than three years. Most whisky enthusiasts agree that well-aged whisky reigns supreme. Ageing times In general, older whisky is better. It’s easy to tell the difference between a whisky that has been aged for three years – considered the minimum ageing time for whisky – and one that has been aged for ten to fifteen years. Younger whisky is harsher, while aged whisky is smoother with a more complex flavour profile. Why does aged whisky taste better? It absorbs the flavour of its barrel The barrel is an important factor in determining the flavour of whisky. Around seventy percent of a wood-aged spirit’s flavour is extracted from the barrel it is stored in. Usually these barrels are made of oak, however other woods are also used. Often the wood is charred, making it easier for the whisky to absorb its flavours. Some of the liquid will evaporate If whisky is aged in dry conditions, some of the liquid will evaporate over time, giving it a more concentrated and complex flavour. While whisky stored in humid conditions will still evaporate, it does so at a much slower rate. Ageing whisky gets rid of harsher flavours As whisky ages, its harsh flavours gradually break down. The wood of the barrel acts as a sieve, which traps forms of alcohol with larger molecules, such as methanol. This leaves behind a rich and flavoursome whisky. This is why younger whisky is often more bitter than older whisky. Is it possible to age whisky for too long? Most whisky enthusiasts agree that there is a point where whisky becomes too old. While you can buy whisky that has been aged for over fifty years – which often sells for up to $25000 a bottle – many suggest aiming for a middle-aged whisky, ideally one that has been aged for around six to ten years.
22 June, 2022
The best way to drink Irish Whisky
Irish whisky is considered one of the world’s greatest types of whisky. Made in Ireland and shipped worldwide, it has a characteristic smoothness that distinguishes it from scotch or bourbon. There are four main styles of Irish whisky, single malt, single grain, blended and pot still. Each is made of a different type of grain and distilled differently. Single malt Single malt whisky is made of 100 percent malted barley. Depending on the manufacturer, it is either double or triple distilled, and is aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Single grain Single grain whisky is a lesser-known type of Irish whisky. It is from a grain other than barley, such as wheat, and is only distilled once. Blended This is the most popular type of Irish whisky. It is a blend of the other three types of Irish whisky – single malt, single grain and pot still. Pot still Pot Still whisky is the only whisky that is uniquely Irish. It is a mixture of malted and unmalted barley and other grains and cereals such as oats. The best way to enjoy Irish whisky Drinking it neat The consensus among whisky drinkers is that the best way to enjoy any whisky is to drink it neat. This means consuming it without anything added. Irish Whisky is smooth, often with hints of vanilla, and is considered softer than other whiskies. This makes it pleasant to drink by itself and a good place for new whisky drinkers to begin. Adding water If you find drinking Irish whisky neat a little too much, you can try adding water to dilute it. You can also drink whisky ‘on the rocks’, which means adding ice to it. Your drink will start off stronger and dilute more and more as the ice melts. In Cocktails When making cocktails with Irish whisky, consider adding flavours like citrus, especially lemon and orange, and honey. In coffee Irish coffee is a caffeinated alcoholic drink that is made of a combination of hot coffee, Irish whisky, sugar and cream. It is especially popular around christmastime.
20 June, 2022
Japanese Whiskey Drinking Traditions
Despite being around since 1924, Japanese whisky isn’t well known outside of its home country. It is considered a niche category of whisky, often expensive and difficult to get your hands on in countries like Australia and the US. What makes Japanese Whisky unique? In Japan, whisky is made through a unique distilling process. The Japanese place a great emphasis on creating complex hybrids of whisky by blending different barrels, flavours, and scents to give it a wide range of notes. Japan’s climate and water also have an impact on distinguishing Japanese whisky from other forms of whisky. Japan’s water is very clear and its climate is different to other countries that make whisky, such as Scotland, whose summers are far colder. The temperature changes between summer and winter make the maturation phase more rapid and add a more complex flavour to the whisky. Japanese whisky is often placed in barrels made of wood from the mizunara tree, a tree that is only found in Japan. This adds a unique flavour that distinguishes Japanese whisky from others out there. Drinking Japanese Whisky How you drink whisky is up to you. If you’re trying Japanese whisky for the first time and want to get the most out of your experience, it’s best to try it neat at least once. This way, you can experience all its unique flavours. You can also enjoy Japanese whisky ‘on the rocks’. This is when whisky is served in a tumbler with ice. It’s important to remember that the ice will dilute the whisky as it melts, meaning that your drink will start out strong and weaken as time passes. Japanese Whisky Drinking Traditions Basic Drinking etiquette in Japan Different countries and cultures have different etiquettes when it comes to drinking. If you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to follow what your friends or colleagues are doing. Before you start drinking, meet and greet everyone, giving respectful bows. In Japan, bowing is a way to show respect, gratitude and appreciation. When drinking, make eye contact with the person nearest to you and raise your glass. One important thing to remember is that the glass of the most senior person should be slightly higher than others’. Drinking the same as your group In Japan, drinking is a shared experience. Though it’s not a requirement, it’s a good idea to order the same drink as the other group members, at least the first time round. This shows that you are a ‘team player’. “Cheers!” “Kanpai” means “cheers” in Japanese. If you’re in a more sophisticated situation, you can also say “Otsukaresana deshita”, which basically means “You’re tired and deserve a drink”. As hard work is highly valued in Japan, this is considered a compliment. Nommunication Nommunication involves drinking with colleagues after work. The word is derived from the Japanese ‘Nomu’ which means ‘to drink’, and the word communication. It is also referred to as ‘nomikai’ or ‘nominication’. The point of Nommunication is to take employees out of their serious work environment and into an environment where they can relax and get to know each other. When employees let their guard down, they are more likely to voice complaints or concerns about their workplace. Nommunication is also important for career development, and many believe they may miss out on opportunities if they don’t attend nommunication events.
11 June, 2022
How to Clean And Store Your Whisky Glassware
If you’re a whisky lover, then you know that having the right glassware is essential. Not just any glass will do – your whisky glassware should be specifically designed for enjoying this smooth, smoky spirit. But what happens when your glassware gets dirty? How do you clean it so that it looks like new again? In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to clean your whisky glassware. We will cover both handwashing and dishwashing methods, so you can choose the one that works best for you. By following our guide, you can keep your glassware looking shiny and new – perfect for showing off your latest whisky glass purchase! What is the best glassware for whisky lovers? When it comes to whisky glassware, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Some people prefer to use tumblers, while others prefer tulip glasses or snifters. It all comes down to personal preference. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing glassware for whisky. Firstly, the glass should be big enough to allow the whisky to breathe and release its aromas. Secondly, the glass should be made of glass rather than plastic, to ensure the flavour is not altered. Finally, it’s important to make sure that the glass is clean before you pour your whisky into it. This means that you need to clean your glassware after each use, whether you hand wash or put it in the dishwasher. The best way to clean your glassware There are a few different ways to clean glassware, depending on what is available to you. Here are the two most common methods: 1. Hand washing This is the most basic way to clean glassware, and all you need is some hot water and dish soap. Simply soak your glassware in hot water, then add a few drops of dish soap and scrub with a sponge or brush. Rinse well and let dry. 2. Dishwashing If you have a dishwasher, then this is the easiest way to clean your glassware. Just make sure that you select the “glass” setting and avoid using any harsh detergents, as these can damage your glassware. Rinse well and let dry. Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind when cleaning glassware: Avoid using harsh chemicals, as these can damage the glass. Don’t let your glassware air dry, as this can cause spots and streaks. Instead, dry it with a lint-free cloth. If you have hard water, then you may need to use a vinegar solution to remove any build-up from your glassware. Just mix equal parts water and vinegar, soak your glassware for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse well. If you begin noticing a build-up of whisky residue, or a smell of whisky that you just can't keep away, using the same vinegar solution as the above, is the best way to keep your whisky glasses clean. The benefits of hand washing glassware Handwashing glassware is the preferred method for most people, as it is the most thorough way to clean them. When hand washing glassware, make sure you use hot, soapy water and a soft cloth. Rinse the glassware well and dry them with a soft cloth. Make sure to inspect them for any remaining dirt or soap suds before storing them. One benefit of hand washing glassware is that you can avoid any potential damage that may occur from using the dishwasher. Dishwashers can be tough on glassware and can cause them to become scratched or chipped. Another benefit of hand washing glassware is that you can control the amount of water and soap used. When using the dishwasher, it is difficult to know how much water and soap are being used, which could lead to your glassware becoming oversaturated. This could cause the glassware to lose its sparkle or become dull over time. The benefits of dishwashing glassware Glassware that is dishwashed generally comes out with fewer streaks and a higher shine than glassware that is washed by hand. Dishwashers also kill bacteria, which is important for glassware that will be used to drink whisky. By using a dishwasher, you can be sure that your glassware is clean and bacteria-free, making it the perfect vessel for your favourite dram. How to store your favourite whisky glassware When your glassware is clean and dry, it’s time to store them. Here are a few tips on how to store your glassware: Make sure they are completely dry before storing. Avoid stacking your glassware, as this can cause them to become scratched or chipped. Store your glassware in a cool, dry place. If you have a lot of glassware, consider using a glassware holder or rack to keep them organized. When storing your whisky glassware, make sure to follow these guidelines to keep them in good condition for years to come. With proper care, your glassware will maintain its shine and sparkle. Whisky glassware can come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important thing is that it is clean and sanitized. In this blog post, we have outlined the best way to clean your glassware, whether you are using a dishwasher or hand washing them. We have also discussed how to store your glassware, so that it remains in good condition for years to come. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to enjoy your favourite dram from a sparkling glass every time.
20 May, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About Whisky Stones
If you're a whisky lover, then you know that nothing beats a nice cool dram on a hot day. We all know though that using ice can come with some pitfalls - it melts and dilutes your whisky, altering its flavour. That's where whisky stones come in. Whisky stones are natural rocks that have been specifically chosen for their ability to keep whisky cool without melting and diluting it. In this blog post, we'll tell you everything you need to know about whisky stones - who needs them, what they are made of, and whether they actually work! Should you buy whisky stones? Whiskey stones are an important tool for all whisky enthusiasts - whether you like your whisky straight, or with a dash of water, whisky stones help you better control the final taste of your scotch, without needing to worry about over-diluting or needing to finish your whisky quickly because of the ice melting. What are whisky stones made of? Whisky stones, sometimes called whisky rocks, can be made from a variety of materials. Most commonly whiskey rocks are made from non-porous soapstone, though variants are also made using stainless steel and granite. At Malt & Brew, we use non-porous soapstone for our whisky stones set, as we feel they maintain their coolness the longest and simply look great when paired with a nice whiskey glass. Do whisky stones really work? That is a resounding yes! When whisky stones are placed in the freezer for a minimum of four hours, they will be sufficiently chilled to then be added to your whisky. We recommend adding two or three whisky stones to your glass, depending on the size, and then filling it with your favourite scotch. How do you use whisky stones? Place them in the freezer for at least 4 hours before use, this ensures the stones have been thoroughly cooled. Find your favourite whiskey glass, ideally one with a large base. Pick out your scotch of choice, place 2-3 whisky stones into the glass and pour your dram. Wait a few minutes for your whisky to cool, the preferred temperature is usually around 15 degrees Celsius. Enjoy a perfectly chilled whisky. Who should use whisky stones? For the avid whisky connoisseurs, whisky stones enable an even greater level of flexibility to your whiskey drinking. Depending on the whisky and your taste buds, you might find that adding a few drops of water (or a lot... yes, we know you exist), can open up the flavour of your favourite scotch, making it possibly easier to drink and allow a stronger sensory experience. With ice, as it melts, water is released into the whisky, eventually taking it to a point where your whisky is being used more like a cordial - a true Winston Churchill approach to whisky drinking. Whisky stones and a whisky pipette (though an eye dropper or syringe works just fine) mean you can cool your whisky and also add the desired amount of water, without any dilution. How do you keep whisky stones clean? Keeping your whisky stones clean is an important part of responsible whiskey stone ownership. Whisky stones can either be cleaned by hand in dish washing-soap, or in the dishwasher. Ensure to rinse your whisky stones and dry them completely prior to placing them back into the cupboard or in the freezer. Are whisky stones a good gift? Of course! Whisky stones are the perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life or for those hard to gift people. They are affordable and practical. Where can you buy whisky stones? We see whisky stones as an affordable, clean, environmentally friendly, and long-term means of keeping your whisky cool. You can buy whisky stones online, or in most higher-end liquor stores.
16 May, 2022
How to choose the best whisky for each occasion
From scotch, to bourbon, to Japanese whisky, the world of whisky is filled with an abundance of choices. This can make selecting the whisky for a special occasion a daunting and difficult task. A great way to decide which whisky to serve at an event or gathering is to consider the time of year and flavours associated with it. Here are some tips to help you choose the ideal whisky for every special occasion. The Holiday season Whether it takes place in summer or winter, spices are what comes to mind when you think of the holiday season. Consider a whisky with undertones of allspice, cinnamon, or nutmeg. You might want to opt for a more ‘traditional’ whisky, most likely one made from malted barley or rye. Summer celebrations To help combat the summer heat, choose light, flavoursome whisky that goes well with ice or in cocktails. Hints of flavoursome fruits such as apples, pears, or grapes are ideal for creating that summer feel. Autumn Occasions When you think of Autumn, you’re usually reminded of the scent of bark and falling leaves. Consider choosing a whisky with undertones of oak, or spices such as cinnamon. Opt for scotch rather than bourbon, japanese whisky, or canadian whisky, as it offers a smokier flavour, perfect for chilly Autumn evenings. Wintertime Similar to the holiday season, Winter calls for a whisky with smoky undertones and hints of spices or fruits. Scotch whisky is a great choice during harsh Winter weather, as it often has an earthy or mellow flavour. As ageing affects the flavour of alcohol, opting for an older whisky will give you a more robust flavour, perfect for the winter season. Spring gatherings While many kinds of whisky are on the strong side, spring is the perfect time to bring out the sweeter, lighter types, often with fruity or floral undertones. Japanese whisky is an excellent option in Spring, as it is lighter, paler, and more refreshing. Depending on the type and brand of Japanese whisky, your drink may contain floral or fruity flavours with hints of citrus, berries, or vanilla.
22 April, 2022
Facts about Whiskey Glasses and Decanters
What are whisky glasses? Whisky glasses come in all shapes and sizes, meaning that there truly is something for everyone. Some, such as shot glasses, are used for drinking whisky by itself, while others are designed for those who prefer to drink it in cocktails, such as tumblers. No matter how you like your whisky, you will be able to find a glass that is right for you. What are whisky decanters? Similar to a wine decanter, a whisky decanter is used to store whisky. When you pour your whisky from its bottle and into a decanter, it interacts with the oxygen in the air. This causes it to oxidise, which makes it easier for stronger and higher-quality scents to form. Decaters come in various shapes and sizes, making them the perfect decoration for any kitchen, bar, or restaurant. Facts about whiskey glasses and decanters Handmade is often preferred Most whisky connoisseurs will agree that there is something special about drinking from a handmade glass. Though more experienced whisky glass makers will strive to minimise differences, there will often be slight variations and imperfections between glasses. Whisky glasses that aren’t handmade will all be exactly the same size, shape, weight, and feel, while handmade glasses are all different, creating a unique drinking experience. Some glasses and decanters may contain lead In the past, lead crystal was used to make whisky glasses and decanters. The glasses you find in stores today won’t contain lead, however those purchased in an antique store may. The safest and most accurate way to determine whether a glass contains lead is to have it lab tested. However, there are a number of things you can do at home too: Compare its weight to other glassware. Glassware containing lead is often heavier. Look for a light prism. Shining light through glassware containing lead will often create a rainbow prism. Look for smooth edges. If the decorative cuts on your glass or decanter are smooth, it is possible that it contains leaded glass. Regular glass is more likely to create sharp edges when cut. Shape can affect the drinking experience The shape of a whisky glass can affect your overall drinking experience. Some glasses, such as the tulip glass, direct aromas to your nose, allowing you to pick up subtler scents. Others, such as shot glasses, aren’t designed to direct the vapours to your nose, and lead to a weaker scent and flavour. Whisky decanters were considered a symbol of high status For years, having a whisky decanter on display was considered a symbol of wealth and high social status. This is not so much the case now, with many cheaper decanters on the market, however they still make an extravagant addition to your office, kitchen, or bar. Glasses and decanters are great decoration Both glasses and decanters can add an aesthetic touch to your home or dining establishment. Decanters come in all shapes, sizes, and designs, from round to skull shaped. Whisky glasses can be simple and practical, or decorated with designs and textures. In particular, displaying stemmed glasses, such as tulip glasses, add a dash of sophistication to any room.
08 April, 2022
How to choose the best whisky glass
Whisky glasses are a personal preference and your choice will be influenced by your budget, how you enjoy your whisky, your storage space, your desired aesthetic, and which type of glass you consider practical
01 April, 2022
Where to start your Whisky Journey
For a long time, whisky has been savoured and enjoyed with family and friends, whether it's straight from a unique whisky glass or stirred into a cocktail. If you want to enjoy whisky but are unsure where to start, here are some things you should know. What is Whisky? Whisky is a spirit that is usually made from malted barley. However, it can also be made with other grains such as corn and wheat. Once malted, the grain is then mashed, which helps break down the starch in the grain and turn it to sugar. This produces a substance known as wort. This mashed grain is then added to water and heated. It is combined with brewer’s yeast, which ferments and produces ethanol. After this, the liquid is then placed into wooden casks and stored. This is where whisky gets its flavour. Types of Whisky Bourbon Bourbon is the most popular whisky in America, and is the best drink to start with if you’re just beginning your whisky journey. It is made from malted corn, making it sweeter than most other types of whisky. Rye Whisky Rye Whisky is also often considered an American whisky. It is made from malted rye, which makes it stronger and spicier than bourbon. Depending on the brand, some flavours can be more aggressive than others, and may contain hints of fruit or smoke. Scotch Scotch is traditionally made in Scotland, which is where it gets its name. Scotch is made from malted barley and has a sharper flavour than bourbon and rye whisky. It is considered more of an acquired taste and is often associated with wealth and class. Canadian Whisky Canadian whisky is similar to bourbon, but is often lighter and smoother. Its sweet flavour makes it an excellent choice for those who are just starting their whisky journey. . Irish Whisky Irish Whisky is made using a combination of malted and unmalted barley, giving it a light flavour. It often has hints of vanilla and a slightly floral scent. This makes it another great introduction to those who are just starting to enjoy drinking whisky. Ways to drink Whisky Whisky can be enjoyed any way you want. You can drink it straight from a shot glass – also referred to as drinking it ‘neat’ – or you can mix it into a cocktail such as Whisky Sour or fill your glass with ice cubes. Some common mixers are soft drinks, ice, and splash of water. Tips for drinking Whisky Whisky, especially stronger types such as scotch and rye whisky, can be an acquired taste. Not everyone will enjoy drinking it straight, at least at first. You may want to try it mixed with some cocktails first such as Whisky Sour. However, if you want to drink your whisky straight, here is how to do it: 1. Pour a small amount of whisky Don’t fill your glass for a number or reasons. First, if you don’t like it, it’s a waste. Second, the scent may become more overpowering. 2. Swirl your whisky Swirling your whisky allows you to smell, or ‘nose’ it properly. Swirl it around until it coats the glass, then breathe in with your nose. While inhaling through your nose, open your mouth slightly. This allows the alcohol fumes to escape so you can enjoy the more pleasant whisky scent. 3. ‘Chew’ your whisky When drinking whisky, roll it around in your mouth and tongue. This allows you to pick up and savour all of its unique flavours.
01 March, 2022
Types of Whisky glasses
Each type of whisky glass is specially designed to enhance the drinking experience, and the glass you choose will come down to individual preference. The Whisky tumbler The whisky tumbler is the most common whisky glass. It has a wide rim and is made of solid glass, making it perfect for drinking but not so perfect for nosing. It is usually used for drinking cocktails or filling with whisky and ice. The Highball Glass The highball glass is a taller version of the whisky tumbler. It is ideal for serving mixed cocktails with whisky, as it is larger and has space for more liquid, as well as ice cubes. It is well-liked among many whisky enthusiasts and is especially popular in Japan. The NEAT Glass Standing for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology, the NEAT glass is a relatively new innovation. A specially designed nosing glass, its shape is supposed to help avoid burning or numbing by directing harsh vapors away from the nose. However, the NEAT glass has an unusual shape and drinking out of it may take a bit of getting used to. The Glencairn Glass The Glencairn whisky glass is popular among those who don’t like glasses with long stems. It has a wide, solid base, making it stable and difficult to knock over. Its size and curved shape makes it the perfect glass for learning how to swirl whisky. The Snifter Glass The Snifter glass, also referred to as a ‘balloon glass’ is similar to the Glencairn glass. Instead of having a thick base, however, it sits directly on the table. It is usually used for whisky tastings, as it allows people to savour their whisky. Snifter glasses are often designed so that they can be held partially horizontal without the whisky spilling. The Tulip Glass The tulip glass was originally referred to as the ‘dock glass’, as it was often used by merchants who would nose wines and spirits near docks. It is bowl-shaped with a long, narrow stem. One downside of the tulip whisky glass is that its long stem and narrow base make it easy for it to be knocked over or broken. The Shot Glass Shot glasses are small in size and are intended for drinking a small amount of whisky (usually 1.5 ounces). They are designed for people who wish to consume a small amount of alcohol very quickly and are not suitable for those who wish to leisurely sip their whisky.
07 February, 2022