Where to Start?
If you’re looking to get into whiskey and wondering where to start, here are some fun suggestions. Overall, it really does depend on your palette but I think these should help .
If you’re in America, you can start with the classics like Makers Mark, Jim Beam bourbon and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee American Whiskey. They are American traditions and a Jack and coke is a great starting point. In fact, some people swear by their Jack and coke. I, personally, started with Jameson. I find it fairly approachable and it great as a shot, on the rocks and in a ginger ale. Jameson and Ginger is also fun to say. If you’re looking to drink scotch, Glenfiddich is a fairly approachable single malt. Monkey Shoulder, though new, is another approachable scotch.
There are also flavored whiskies like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Crown Royal Maple and my new favorite; King County Distillery’s chocolate “flavored” whiskey, if you can find it (made from leftover cocoa husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate). These are approachable and delicious so you can drink them neat or on the rocks. The only rule I have about ordering on the rocks, is make sure you tell the bartender how many cubes of ice you want (I usually ask for 1 or 2 ice cubes, so the whiskey is chilled, diluted but not too diluted).
Another great place to start is with classic whiskey cocktails like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned or a Rob Roy (I personally love the Rob Roy cocktail. The balance of sweet vermouth and smoky scotch is perfection to me – and it was created right here in New York!).
To find out more about each type of whiskeys (like Japanese whiskies) and some of my favorites in each, please visit My Favorites or come to my whiskey tasting events!