How to Enjoy Premium Whisky

August 14, 2018

Calling all whisky lovers! It’s time to elevate your drinking experience.

Whisky connoisseurship is a beautiful thing. Devotees of this time-honoured spirit are captivated by the stories behind every dram that passes their lips. From Scotch whisky and the giants of Japan to the Kentucky Bourbon of America and Australia’s own world-class wonders, its appreciation has never been more dynamic.

Try different types of whiskies

There’s no right way to drink whisky. The only way to discover your preference is to try different types from different regions or countries, and different cask types or alcohol content. People in the whisky industry bring so much history, knowledge and patience to their craft. When you’re drinking a premium drop, you’re experiencing:

• the skill of the coopers working with the nest oak

• the coppersmiths making sure the stills are producing quality distillate

• the distillers and the blenders creating the best sensory experience

That experience is definitely worth a higher price.

Should I add water to premium whisky?

It's best to try the whisky the way the master distiller intended it to be enjoyed, then try it the way you like it. The best distillers in the world have their own unique way of enjoying whisky – some add a lot of water, some add a drop of water and some add nothing at all. Some enjoy it with ice cubes. People should drink whisky any way they enjoy it.

How the distillation process lifts premium whisky above other drops

When you buy premium whisky, you buy quality, history, time, knowledge and skill. Distilleries producing premium whisky pride themselves on quality ingredients (grain, water and yeast) and the best oak barrels for ageing.

There are many debates about whether age plays a factor in quality but that also comes down to casks, climate and products. Master distillers work with their liquids to create very special premium whisky. They draw upon their knowledge to bring out the best flavour profiles. Knowing when to change a barrel, finish a whisky and how to blend different whiskies are learned over years of practice.

Does single malt versus blended malt make a difference?

This all comes down to your preference. Single malts are made from malted barley and come from one distillery. Blended malts come from multiple distilleries and are generally blended by companies that buy from distilleries or own multiple distilleries.

Companies employ a master blender responsible for blending whisky from different distilleries to create an amazing flavour profile. Either way, when enjoying both premium blends and single malts, you should feel confident in the knowledge that the distiller or the blender is putting their best product forward.