Drinking whisky neat
Let’s start with the simplest way to drink whisky – neat.
We’re no traditionalists here at Ballantine’s, but we do appreciate that there are some occasions and some bottles that lend themselves to giving whisky all the attention.
Perhaps you’re partaking in a whisky tasting experience, or maybe you’ve got yourself an aged whisky such as Ballantine’s 30 Year Old. Deep, rich, old gold whisky should at least be tried straight up.
And you may wish to try your whisky neat if you’ve never drunk whisky before, or if you’re wanting to pick out flavours to decide what mixer to pair your Scotch with.
There are only a few things to keep in mind, such as remembering to smell your whisky before tasting, using a snifter or wine glass, and giving the Scotch a good gargle and swish around to uncover every note.
Luckily for you, we’ve also put together a succinct guide on how to taste whisky.