I was at this friend’s place for a house party the other day and while I was listening to a group of newly acquired friends engaged in a really interesting debate over ’what is the right manner of drinking a whisky? ’
I could see with the gradual progress in the conversation how little some men know about whiskys. The level of their intellect began deteriorating with their common belief that there is no much difference between a whisky and a vodka but the color because both have almost similar alcohol content and I was compelled by my own intellect to drop the role of the audience and leave the conversation altogether when they decided that it’s okay for beginners to drink whisky with Coke.
The next day, the conversation hadn’t lost its grip over my mind even when the party had ended. So I talked to a few friends of mine about whiskeys and again, saw how little they knew about it. That was when I decided that I have to talk whiskys here. And I find it important to talk to you about whiskys because I want to correct some common misconceptions that people have about how this drink should be drunk and in the process, make you fall in love with it.
So generally your first few encounters with whisky are when you see a bottle in your dad’s closet or on the table sometimes. It can be anything from an Indian grain whisky to a Scotch single malt. Other words it can be anything from a Royal Stag to a Johnny Walker. And that first encounter, I believe, largely decides our perspective about whiskys. The very first thing is the bottle itself. If you look at a bottle of Director’s Special, you’re already going to hate the content inside it, but take a Ballantine’s and even if you are a non-drinking person, everything about that whisky will seem perfectly alright. Its just the bottle that makes or breaks your tendency towards wanting the drink.
Even when that is true, people always tend to try whisky for the first time with the brand that they have seen or heard about since a long time. So if you’re going to begin your whisky journey with a bottle of Master’s Imperial, it is largely possible that you’d already begin disliking the drink. And when you have a strong disliking for something, you also quickly believe all the wrong things about it or at least that’s what philanthropy shows me. To the generous fortune of you, dear reader, and me the first bottle I ever saw was a Teacher’s. And that’s why the first thing I ever pushed down my throat was by default, a Teacher’s. So basically I have always been in favor of drinking whiskys than any other kind of liquor.
Vodkas are good, no doubt but a vodka isn’t just a man’s drink. People who believe that vodka and whisky don’t hold much difference because of an ’almost there’ alcohol content are nothing but brainless. That is very much like calling Sarah Palin and Kim Kardashian similar because of, well, obvious reasons. So the point is vodka and whisky hold as much difference as there is between Sarah Palin and Kim Kardashian if you overlook their figures. Vodka is many a times drunk in shots. You cannot do that to a whisky. Whisky is meant to be drunk out of a large glass slowly, accompanied by a cigar in the other hand, when meanwhile, your body has sunk in the couch, relaxed. And that is how it has been drunk since centuries. I believe whisky is a grand affair and nothing can match it. Sitting by the bar at a disc, I have seen girls looking at my glass and apparently at me in excitement when I said, “Jack Daniels. Large and neat.”
There was this really strong aura of attraction produced by the drink and it stayed back as long as I was at the disc that night. And I’m sure, even if I had been ten times sartorial than what I was then, ordering a vodka won’t have created the charm that the Tennessee whisky did unless of course I was the one originally saying, “Dry Martini. Shaken not stirred.” Because that’s what women like. They like it when men behave like men. And when a man drinks a whisky, he is behaving exactly like a man should.
And now since we know that whisky is a man’s drink, it is essentially important that you drink it like a man. Pouring the whisky down your throat isn’t the last thing you’re going to do about the liquor. Not at least until you want to drink it like a man. In a conventional manner, there are a very few handful ways to drink whisky: on the rocks, neat, with soda, with water, or with both. I won’t go in the details of explaining you these styles of drinking because I believe you know it, and if you don’t there is Wikipedia at your behest, always. Moreover there is no particular way to drink a whisky. Bit I would certainly like to tell you that, no matter what happens, never drink your whisky with coke. That’s the last pathetic thing you can do in your life. When you mix whisky with coke, you’re not only damaging the taste of the drink but you’re also faking the fact that you like whisky. Men who drink whisky with coke are always just show offs who want to display their desire towards the drink because it is called a man’s drink. Faking things will always make you a lesser man than you are. So either forget the coke the next time you drink whisky or forget the whisky.
I’m not here to tell you about brands and I don’t have a prejudice against any type of whisky either. Yet, I’d like to tell you that if you’re looking forward to a great whisky experience and if you want to keep that going, always go for scotch, bourbon, or single malt whiskeys. Because as much as I know and have tasted Indian grain whiskeys, all I can say is, they might disappoint you. After all, whisky is all about satisfaction.
One last word about the question that led me to write this article, the right manner to drink a whisky is any manner as long as you drink like a man and don’t throw up. Cheers.