Whisky originates from Scotland and Ireland (the two nations are in dispute). It consists of three ingredients: Water, grain, yeast. Nevertheless, there are big differences, depending on the water, type of grain and storage.
'The water of life'. That's what the Scots and Irish call their national drink. Who invented it - they still argue about it today. In any case, whisky took its first steps in Christian monasteries. Because the monks knew how to distil it. Incidentally, Irish whisky is spelled 'whiskey'. And the American product, bourbon, is also spelled with the additional e. All types of whisky are made from water, grain and yeast. Period. A simple and pure drink. And yet full of differences. This is how the typical barley-based Scottish and Irish whisky is created:
Whisky is traditionally served without ice in a tumbler glass
High-quality whiskies are best drunk not from a tumbler, but from a nosing glass
Let's start with the glass. The typical whisky glass is the tumbler with its heavy base. You drink simple whiskies from it. The complex, expensive varieties belong in the nosing glass. This tapers towards the top and sends all the aromas straight to your nose. The drinking temperature is between 15 and 18 degrees. It is best stored in the cellar and not brutally chilled. Even if you know this from movies: Never put ice in your whisky! Too cold, too watered down - ruins the aromas. Alternatively, you can add clear, unchilled water by the teaspoon or pipette to intensify the aromas. Now take a first sip carefully and let the whisky move through your mouth.
The Manhattan is a classic whisky cocktail - and easy to prepare
Manhattan - the classic cocktail par excellence. It consists of:
The whole thing is stirred, not shaken, and topped off with a maraschino cherry.
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