Drink Good Whiskey Like A Pro


When I see someone drinking a good whiskey with 10 ice cubes, I immediately think the person is a novice whiskey drinker. Most of the time it is true, and the people only are doing what they see in movies and pictures (like the one above). Whiskey is not meant to be drowned in ice cubes frozen straight from the tap. If you are wanting to learn the best practices, listen up.

When drinking whiskey straight, there are 3 general methods: neat, with water, or on the rocks. Big-shot lawyers in the movies always have a bottle of single malt laying around the office and offer it to colleagues or clients. If you pay close attention they always drink it neat, as in nothing in it and room temperature. The reason why this isn’t the best way to drink whiskey is because whiskey is generally strong (40% alcohol), and the alcohol is what you taste most. It doesn’t leave room for your pallet to taste all the subtle flavors.

Drinking whiskey with water is considered the best. Now, I don’t mean putting your whiskey under the spicket for a second or two. I mean using only 5-10 drops of purified non-carbonated water without any chlorine. These few drops of purified, room temperature, water are supposed to “open up” the whiskey and help release some flavors and aromas. The real reason for this practice is simply for diluting the drink to make it taste a little less like getting punched in the face.

Ice in general with your whiskey is a no-no. Think about it. How do you or any restaurant make ice? You put the ice tray under the tap and fill it up, then place it in the freezer. Tap water contains lots of chlorine and other chemicals used for purifying. Chlorine absolutely ruins the whiskey flavors. If you must use ice with your whiskey, only use one or two cubes max. When you put 3-10 cubes of ice in your drink, the ice melts and dilutes your whiskey so much that you can barely taste anything but watered down alcohol. Plus, the whiskey is supposed to stay at around room temperature.

One tip that I actually found to be pleasing, is rinsing your whiskey glass before pouring the whiskey in. If you rinse it and just leave the little bit of water that adheres to the insides of the glass, it is the same as using around 10 drops of water and it seems like the glass is fresh with every sip. I like this method a lot. This is also how I drink my beer. The next time you have a cold one, rinse out the glass before you pour. Make sure to get as much water out of the glass you can since it is a lot bigger.

If you guys have any tips or information worth adding, please do so!


  1. ak says:

    Wonderfully put: “The real reason for this practice is simply for diluting the drink to make it taste a little less like getting punched in the face.” 😀

  2. Tommy says:

    Yea I don’t like getting punched in the face.

  3. Doro says:

    (The twelve bottles of whisky)

    I had twelve bottles of whisky in my cellar…
    and my wife told me to empty the contents
    of each and every bottle down the sink…
    or else!
    So, I said I would… and proceeded with the unpleasant task.

    I withdrew the cork from the first bottle and
    poured the contents down the sink, with the
    exception of one glass… which I drank.

    I extracted the cork from the second bottle
    and did likewise with the exception of one
    glass… which I drank.

    I pulled the cork from the third bottle and
    poured the whiskey down the sink, with the
    exception of one glass… which I drank.

    I then withdrew the cork from the fourth sink
    and poured the bottle down the glass…
    which I drank.

    I pulled the bottle from the cork of the next
    and drank one sink out of it and threw the
    rest down the glass.

    I pulled the sink out of the next glass and
    poured the cork from the bottle.
    Then I corked the sink with the glass, bottled
    the drink and drank the pour.

    When I had everything emptied I steadied
    the house with one hand, counted the bottles,
    corks, glasses and sinks with the other, which
    were twenty-nine.
    To make sure I counted them again… they came to seventy-four.

    And as the house came by, I counted them again,
    and finally I had all the houses and bottles and
    corks and sinks and glasses counted,
    except one house and one cork… which l drank.

    1. braindaily says:

      This is hilarious!