What percentage of alcohol contains whiskey?
To be called whiskey, a drink must have an alcohol content of at least 40 percent. At the same time, the exact specification varies from whisky to whisky. Most have as a raw distillate between 60 and 94.6 percent by volume, this is then reduced. So most whiskies have an alcohol content of about 40 to 45 percent.
How do I drink whisky properly?
There are countless ways to enjoy a whisky. Try it out for yourself to see how it tastes best to you! Many people swear by drinking whisky neat to taste the full aroma. To do this, pour about two to four centilitres into the glass. Others like to dilute their whisky with a little water, so that the flavors open up.
Whisky should usually be drunk at room temperature, so between 18 and 22 degrees. Of course, you can also drink it with ice or as a long drink or cocktail. Use here best large, round ice cubes that do not melt so quickly.
Which glasses are suitable for whiskey?
Which glass is the best for whiskey, depends strongly on the respective whiskey variety. Popular is a so-called tumbler glass, which is very low and has a sturdy, heavy bottom. For a long drink with whisky, it's best to use a highball, a tall, very slim glass.
A nosing glass is especially recommended. This tulip-shaped glass should have a belly that is wider than the opening. But it is not only the shape of the glass that matters, the material and the fullness is also crucial. So you should fill a whiskey glass usually only to the middle or just above, with about two to four centiliters.
With I can mix whiskey well?
If you drink whiskey dislike pure, you have many different ways to mix it. It is popular to drink whisky with cola and ice. Some types of whisky are also ideal for cocktails and long drinks.
Popular are cocktails like the Manhattan, where you mix whisky with Vermouth, or the famous Old Fashioned. Here you add water, sugar and cocktail bitters to the whisky. Whisky can also be enjoyed as a hot drink, for example as a hot toddy, a cocktail with spices, or as is very popular in Asia, with green tea.
How is whisky made?
The production of whisky varies greatly depending on the variety and origin. However, the three basic ingredients grain, water and yeast are the same. The process can be summarized in seven steps:
Malting: preparing the grain
Drying: drying grain by heat
Crumbling: Coarsely crush/grind grain
Mashing: Mix grain with hot water, convert starch to maltose
Ferment: Bring mash to ferment
Distilling: Separate alcohol from the mash, in the case of whisky also two or three times, depending on the variety in copper stills (pot stills) or in a column stills process
Storage: Store at least three years in oak barrels
How do I store whisky optimally?
Whisky, unlike wine, you should not store lying down, but absolutely standing up. Preferred is a somewhat darker place, to which no direct sunlight reaches, such as in the cellar or a pantry.
You should store your whisky in a place with a constant temperature. I recommend that you store it at room temperature, between 18 and 22 degrees. If the bottle is already open, a slightly cooler room will also work well.
How long does an opened whisky keep?
Thankfully, whisky can't go bad in the sense that it spoils. But it can change or even lose its flavor over time. To prevent this, make sure you never leave the bottle open for too long, but always close it securely.
You can orient yourself as a rough guide to six to twelve months. In this time you should drink your opened whiskey to be able to drink it with its unchanged original taste.