You walk into a swanky bar, looking dapper in your fresh suit, and you’re ready for an interesting night. You approach the bar, and call the bartender for your order. Get this part wrong, and you’re going to look like a fool. If there’s one thing you can be certain of when it comes to whiskey, it’s that you will be judged on the drink selections that you make. A standard bourbon like Beam or Jack is ok in a mixed drink, but would hardly scream ‘intellectual’ when you’re amongst refined company.
If you want to look the part, and make good impressions with your sophisticated taste in whiskey, then you’ll need to know these three best whiskeys to order when you want to stand out.
Choose an Irish Whiskey if You Want a Palate-Friendly Blend
If you’re not much of a whiskey drinker, then you might want to buy something that will go down fairly easily, without making you look like a fool. A blended Irish whiskey would be a great choice, especially something from a distillery like Jameson. If you’re at home entertaining, or are taking a bottle to a party, then the standard bottle should be good. However, if you’re ordering at a bar or any high class establishment, then go for an aged option.
Bourbon is OK, Just Avoid the Entry Level
If you insist on drinking Jack Daniels, then don’t order the Old No. 7. Instead, go for one of the limited or higher tier bottles, and you’ll be able to show that your tastes are a little bit more refined than the average person. Jack Daniels makes a whole range of higher end Whiskey, including Gentleman Jack. You could even go for other brands, such as Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, or the stunning Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve. Don’t ever mix a classy bourbon with cola or any other drink, unless you’re at a cocktail event. Either drink your bourbon whiskey neat, or poured over ice.
Single Malt Scotch
Scotch might be an acquired taste, but drinking this type of whisky will also get you special recognition. There’s nothing classier than a single malt, so if you’re going to try some, make sure that you know what to order. Laphroaig is a distillery that you should familiarize yourself with. It’s a scotch for people who can handle bold, peaty, and smoky flavors. Lagavulin is another great distillery, and if you choose something like their 16-year-old Islay Single Malt, you will ooze class from head to toe.
Learn to appreciate a good whiskey, and you’ll open yourself up to new flavors and experiences. Remember, drinking good whiskey is a sophisticated matter, and you should take the time to enjoy the drink and analyze the flavor. As you become more familiar with the different types of whiskey, you’ll impress your friends, family, and colleagues with your excellent taste and comprehensive whiskey knowledge.[Image Credit]