Whiskey 101 | What Should a Beginner Drink?

You might not know much about whiskeys, but we can all agree that the one thing the whiskey world promises is exclusivity and bountiful mysteries. As an amateur you might be thinking - which whiskey should I start with? How does good whiskey taste? How to drink whiskey? Should I drink it neat (unchilled) or on the rocks? Read on for a list of exquisite starter whiskeys and answers to your burning questions about all things whiskey. 

First things first, some technical terms to note before we dive into our whiskey recommendations:

  • Tasting notes - Evaluation of the whiskey which includes a sensory examination (taste, smell and colour)
  • Finish - how long you can taste the whiskey and its texture
  • Body - the way a whiskey feels in your mouth (a whiskey that floods your mouth with flavour immediately would be described as “having a lot of body”) 

1. Blended Malt - Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Originating from Ireland, the Jameson Irish Whiskey’s flavour stems from a unique mixture of a single pot still whiskey from malted and unmalted, or green, barley, and a grain whiskey. With a triple distillation process, a minimum of four years of ageing in an oak cask, naturally smooth and mellow finish and absence of smoky flavours make this whiskey perfect for a rookie dipping his or her toes into whiskey tasting. 

If you are not used to tasting whiskey neat and are wondering what to mix with whiskey, simply mix one part Jameson with two parts Ginger Ale for a refreshing cocktail or add it to coffee for a cuppa authentic Irish Coffee. 

Bourbon - Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon

Bourbon is a great option for budding whiskey enthusiasts as it encompasses a sweeter tasting profile and flavours that are more prominent on the palate. 

The Bulleit Bourbon is inspired by the whiskey pioneered by Augustus Bulleit over 150 years ago. Made with ingredients of the highest quality, the subtlety and complexity of this particular bourbon are derived from its unique blend of rye, corn, barley malt, special strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone-filtered water. Its tasting notes feature gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas along with a smooth mid-palate with tones of maple, oaks and nutmeg. The finish is long, dry and satiny with a light toffee flavour.

Enjoy it neat, or add a splash of water to the whiskey to “open up” its aroma.

Single Malt - Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1

Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1

Claimed to bring you on a spiritual journey, the Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 comes with a polished walnut tasting note with a richness of the oak and fruit. On your second sip, you can expect to taste dark fruits, date, fig, raisin, chocolate, crystallised ginger and floral red rose. The taste of this whiskey is difficult to grasp as it changes dramatically with every layer and each one adds to the mystery of its creation process. Choose the Bruichladdich Black Art 6.1 for an immeasurable whiskey-tasting journey. 

It is recommended to taste your whisky neat first, and then add a little spring water with your second sip. Combine the whisky and water by gently shaking the glass. 

Single Malt Scotch  - Glenfiddich 18 Years 

Glenfiddich 18 Years

The Glenfiddich 18 is a truly exceptional single malt scotch whiskey, it is the result of 18 years of care and attention, along with impeccable whiskey-making craftsmanship and knowledge passed down through the generations of descendants. In fact, it is one of the last family distilleries still running since 1886 in Scotland.

This single malt scotch is matured with Spanish Oloroso wood and American oak, which brings fruity and robust oak expression. Additionally, every batch is individually numbered and carefully looked after, ensuring a warming and distinguished finish.

You can enjoy this glass of whiskey the same way you would a single malt. 

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