Why Drink Whiskey?
Besides being absolutely delicious (in my opinion!), to drink whiskey is to partake in history. From a favorite of George Washington who founded one of the most successful distilleries in America to walking the Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland, my favorite part of whiskey is the passion and care that goes into making it. Lasting relationships form over this passion. Just visit any distillery you will see what I mean about long lasting friendships. There is no room for arrogance and distillers are some of the most talented but humble people I’ve ever met. There is a reason whiskey is called “Aqua Vitae” or the water of life.
Whiskey is also extremely diverse so there is a whiskey out there for you. One that speaks to you, one that fits your palette, your lifestyle, one that you can be proud to display in your bar. The one thing I’ve learnt in all my years drinking and talking about whiskey is that the more I see the less I know. This is especially true now as more people are cross over to brown spirits and explore the world of complexity, barrel aging and blending beyond the art of mixed drinks (which is an art form in its own realm).
Whiskey is also extremely fascinating because what you taste also depends on the type of person you are! What you had to eat earlier that day, how sensitive your palette is and the types of flavors/smells you grew up with that might evoke a memory when you sip a whiskey. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you ought to taste in a whiskey. It is likely that what you taste could be very different from your friend might. How cool is that? Another reason to drink with a friend!
Colin Spoelman and David Haskell, co-authors of “Guide to Urban Moonshining” said it best. “Whiskey is designed for company, and it is best shared.” This is why I love whiskey. I’ve met some of the most fascinating people over a glass of whiskey. I hope this never changes.