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7 false myths about whisky


Whisky is an excellent traditional drink, probably the most popular spirit and also the one with the most misconceptions. We share with you some of these preconceived ideas about this mythical drink. You may even end up enjoying whisky even more.

1. You must drink it pure

If you understand that whisky is forty percent of alcohol, you can also understand why you need to add a little water to drink it: after someone consumes more than three glasses, the taste buds are numbed and lose their ability to taste the whisky.

Not all whiskies must be consumed in a glass without ice, this depends on how the liquor has aged. There are smoky whiskies, powerful in their flavor and aroma, that need an ice cube to balance the strong taste.

2. The more expensive, the better

The best advice here is to try all possible whiskies and select the ones you like. You have to try every variety of whisky to discover your favourite.

The greater maturity, the more expensive the whisky. But that does not mean it is the only thing that marks the quality since one can find very nice whiskeys from little barrels. There are types with low ageing that can be enjoyed just as much, it’s a matter of knowing how to choose the whisky.

3. You have to drink it quick

To enjoy the whisky it is not necessary to drink large amounts or finish the drink very fast. Unlike tequila or rum, whisky must be taken slowly to savour. You can even enjoy one glass over an hour.

4. Do not drink from tall glasses

Although some people may find it a strange way of drinking whisky some prefer this one. And for years, the Scots have been drinking whisky from a Quaich (a special kind of shallow two-handled drinking cup or bowl).

5. The whisky should be warm

In Colombia, for example, it is customary to drink whisky to cool off and refresh yourself while in Scotland people use the drink to warm up. It is a personal choice, a matter of taste.

6. Cheap whiskies cause hangovers

The cheap whisky has the same alcohol as the expensive ones. But if you add hyperactivity, physical exhaustion, dehydration, mental excitement and the speed you drink it, and maybe a poor diet, then you are in danger of a hangover.

If you drink whisky during dinner and over the course of a conversation, the intake is not as high. However, there should be no difference between single malt whiskies and blends (mixes of malt and other grains). Chemically it could be said that single malt gives less hangover because it contains less concentration of sugar.

7. You can not pair whisky with food

Drinking whisky while enjoying a meal is quite different from that of wine. But it is possible. If a whisky is 12 years old, sweet, fruity or fresh with almond aromas, you could go with the fresh flavors of Ceviche, Tuna Tartar or grilled Octopus. When enjoying a whisky with food, it is suggested consuming it with a little water or ice.

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How to tell if a whisky is good (I)


As far as whisky is concerned, there are a number of preferences both to choose and buy it and to be served and enjoyed, but since it never hurts to know what the experts say, these tips may be helpful distinguishing a good whisky and enjoying it.

Many people enjoy less the quality of whisky by mixing it with sugary sodas and they can not perceive the taste and characteristics of the beverage. In the words of Xavier Monclús, tasting instructor in Europe for Louis Vuitton Möet Mennesy Spain (LVMH), there are keys to differentiate and enjoy a good whisky.

  • Smell: When approaching the nose to whisky, it should not smell of alcohol excessively, avoiding to perceive the other characteristic aromas of the drink. In case of encountering a whisky with an exaggerated odor of alcohol, we can immediately identify its low quality, ?When we get to a whisky, first thing is to check its good alcoholic integration; it should not smell offensively of alcohol?, says Monclús.
  • Taste: As with the aroma, the taste of the first sip of whisky is what defines generally our perception. Regardless of its alcohol content, we should not feel anesthesia or irritation in the mouth because of alcohol. ?Although alcohol in mouth is more present than in the nose, we never have to feel anesthesia in the mouth by alcohol. If you drink a whisky and the presence of alcohol is so important that irritates and anesthetize your mouth, it means that you will no longer be able to enjoy the whisky?, says Monclús.
  • Price: While it is widely believed that the most expensive whiskies are better quality, having better reputation, it’s worth investing a little more to take home a single malt 10 to 12 years, instead of a blend. It is also important to take care of our health, so Monclús said: ?It is much better to drink little and very good rather than a lot and cheap. We only have one liver and, if it is possible, everything that enters our body must be of the highest quality. Bad products will bring us only troubles: liver problems and problems the next day?.

So, what is your favorite whisky? What will you recommend to us? Today we show you two must-try whiskies:

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Top 10 single malt according to the americans

 - The single malt whisky is named after its elaboration in a single distillery, by fermenting malted barley or rye. For the most representative of these drinks, produced in Scotland, the product is distilled at least twice in copper stills, has a minimum alcohol content of 40° and gets aged for at least three years in oak barrels, which capacity can not exceed 700 liters.

This is probably the most appreciated Scotch whisky by connoisseurs, since the storage, aging and elaboration limitations of this drink originate very distinct and different characteristics depending on the type of barrel, wood or even different types of water used in the process, something that at first glance may seem minor but it is crucial in the final outcome. Sometimes are used barrels previously used for aging sherry, port, madeira, rum or cognac, which give the whisky additional and distinctive flavors.

According to a classification recently made in the United States, the top 10 single malt whiskies today are:

  • Springbank 10 Year Old 100 Proof – Campbeltown. A single malt with aromas of honey, cucumber, aftertastes of lemon zest, peat and autumn leaves.
  • Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old – Highlands. An exclusive whisky, preferred by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, classic flavor and rich hues.
  • The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old – Speyside. One of the most unique and complex, with notes of vanilla, caramel, peach, honey and prunes.
  • Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old – Islay. Elegant and appreciated by both experts as beginners in the world of whisky.
  • Highland Park 18 Year Old – Orkney Islands. This is one of the youngest members of the top 10, yet balanced, subtle and sophisticated.
  • The Macallan Cask Strength – The Highlands. A true classic among classics, rich but accessible to any palate, with a characteristic bouquet of port wine, cinnamon and oat meal.
  • Scapa 16 Year Old The Orcadian – Orkney Islands. A legendary single malt scotch, with amber color and aroma of berries, sea salt, chocolate and pepper.
  • Glenkinchie 1991 Distillers Edition – The Lowlands. The Lowlands have also much to offer, as evidenced by this whisky with grass and floral aromas, and a palate rich in notes of leather, smoke, vanilla and honey.
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old Cask Strength – Islay. Endless aromas with multiple interpretations, a rich palate in a special edition for its most loyal followers.
  • Glenmorangie 18 Years Old “Extremely Rare” – The Highlands. As its name suggests, it is probably the most unique and sought after, aged for 15 years in Bourbon barrels and 3 in Oloroso sherry barrels, with tastes of nuts, figs, dates and vanilla.

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Single malt whisky

 TAGS:Single malt whisky or also known as “Single Malt is a whisky whose main feature in their ingredients, are grains of malt, which supply what in other whiskys would be barley. This particular mixture of malt whisky makes it one of the most special. Single malt whisky is commonly associated with Scotland, a country which has the largest production of such drinks, but we can also find single malt whisky in other countries, aldo in much less quantity.

Main features of malt whisky

Single malt whisky owes its special flavour to malted barley, but is not the only characteristic that defines it.

The Single Malt is distilled in alembic, it must also be aged a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels, which should not exceed 700 liters. These naming rules of origin are restricted rigidly in whiskes from Scotland, since some other countries produces – them – in a similar way, but not quite the same. We must also name the E150A caramel (soluble coloring caramel), which is used in developing this kind of whisky, with the approval of the designation of origin.

Preparation of single malt whisky

Single malt whisky has a unique preparation that could be divided into: water, malted, dried, soaked, fermented, distilled, matured, aged and bottled. It is a similar process to other types of whisky, but with some small differences who makes it unique and different. But we must note that the mixing of the malts is a key part of the preparation, plus some old tones used in its ageing. Today single malt scotch or single malt, can be found with different nationalities, being Scottish the most famous in tradition and fame, but do not discard those made in the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia, India and the leading European whisky producers.

Here we leave a small list of some of the best examples of a good single malt whisky.

We start with the Slyrs Bavarian Single Malt, and then we have in our top the Japanese Nikka Whisky Yoichi Single Malt. I could not miss the Glen Breton Single Malt 10 Years, and the last but not least special Kilchoman Scotch Islay Single Malt.

Would you like the best whisky? Here are our dayly 2 recommendations:

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