Starting your journey towards whisky connoisseurism is an exciting time. You’ve found a new experience that comes with endless depth, flavour, history and variety, and you’re pumped to learn more about this fascinating beverage and the prestige it carries.
But choosing your first favourite drop from the best whisky shop can be daunting, especially as you’re by now well aware of the profound variety that comes with this legendary spirit!
But after this quick guide, you will know exactly how to go about finding your first favourite drop before continuing your journey towards epicurist:
1. Know the Different Types Available
The first thing to know when it comes to picking the right variety is understanding the different types available. This spirit is divided into two main categories: bourbon and scotch. Scotch is made in Scotland and is usually aged for a minimum of three years. It has a rich, smoky flavour and generally costs more than other varieties. Conversely, bourbon is made from corn in the United States, making it sweeter than scotch. It is also usually cheaper than scotch.
2. Know Your Price Range
As you are just starting the journey towards epicurism, it’s important to know your own personal price range and what you are willing to spend in order to learn more about this fascinating beverage. We advise not overspending on your first bottles, as you are new to the hobby and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bottle you might not actually like!
As time goes on you will learn more about this fantastic spirit and thus be able to pick the more expensive bottles that are perfect for your tastes.
3. Read Each Bottle’s Label
This is naturally the best way to get an idea of the info surrounding this particular drop and what makes it special. You will be able to read about the spirit’s flavour, age, and origin as well as how long the whisky has been aged and in what type of barrel it was aged. Once you start to learn more about the beverage you will be able to tell which information will provide you with the best drop.
4. Speak to the Store
The best whisky shop staff will be happy to help you find the perfect beginner’s bottle as well as teach you a bit more about this wonderful beverage and how you might like to go about enjoying it. So, feel free to speak to the attendant at the store and ask them questions about the drink, its flavour profile, country of origin etc. Tell them what kind of spirit you like and how you like to drink it and they will provide advice for finding a great bottle.
5. Sample Where You Can
If you are able to sample the different varieties before committing to buy a whole bottle then that’s a pretty good thing. Perhaps your favourite bar has a wide range of whisky that you can sample before buying a bottle? You can also sign up for different subscriptions that offer samples so you can be sure you are choosing the right one before purchasing through a quality online store.
Follow these simple tips towards picking the perfect drop of the pure. Once you learn more about the drink you will be able to tell exactly what you like and how you like to drink it, after food or before and we hope these small pieces of advice will help you get there!