The Dam Pub in Thornbury gives some advice on the best way to enjoy whiskey. Ice is to be avoided in any case. Ice neutralizes and kills almost all the aromas in the whisky, and anaesthetizes the papilla's.
A good whisky does not need any mixture to be appreciated. Additions of coke or any other kind of soda is to be avoided. The only liquid whisky can stand is water.
Preferably fresh mineral water. Ideal would be to add the same water that was used during the distilling process. But this is nearly impossible.
Whisky is by definition a strong alcohol (between 40% and 60%). This high alcohol rate is difficult to appreciate by people who are not used to it. This can be considered as an aggression to the papilla's. Adding some fresh water softens the aggressive character of a strong alcohol.
But, even for people who are used to drinking strong alcohols, adding a drop of fresh water will open up new horizons. Adding a drop of water will provoke a chemical reaction, freeing the fragrances. The whisky will "open" itself.
In the case of a "cask strength" (generally round 60%), adding water will make it possible to taste the whisky at different alcohol rates. The drinker is entitled to determine the best alcohol rate for themselves. When one decides it has reached the ideal alcohol rate, you just can stop adding water.
This article has been supplied by The Dam Pub. The Dam Pub is a warm and cozy upscale family owned Scottish Whisky Pub in the heart of vacationland, just 2 hours north of Toronto, located in the village of Thornbury, Ont. The Dam Pub is operated by Whisky Specialist Stephanie Price. Over 450 whiskies from around the world, including over 300 single malts, with special attention shown to the true Scottish varieties. Executive Chef Suzette Gerrie continues to dazzle patrons with her culinary skills including The Dam Pub's famous signature dish, Lamb Shank and the Islay Fling dessert for 2, a combination of fine chocolate & heaven with 2 nips of Lagavulin 16. The Dam Pub is open Tuesday- Sunday every week 11:30-close. Every day is a great day at The Dam Pub, watch for our daily super specials under coupons and deals. Reservations recommended.
53 Bruce Street South, Thornbury ON