Whiskey FAQ

What is Whiskey?

In the world of distilled spirits, there is a lot of confusion about whiskey and the different styles of whiskies. Whiskey is a broad term much like the word beer. While beer may have a number of styles like pilseners, India pale ales and hefeweizens, whiskey encompasses range of styles from Bourbon to rye to Canadian to Irish to Scotch and more.

What is Single Malt Whisky?

People frequently ask, "What is single malt whisky?" in liquor stores, restaurants and bars. The answer to "what is single malt whisky?" is deceptively simple. Single malt whisky is whisky that has been made from barley (almost always), water and yeast. In single malt whisky only one grain is used, therefore word single can be used to describe the malt whisky.

When to Add Water or Ice to Whiskey

I frequently get asked about the appropriate way to serve whiskies. Should they be served neat? On the rocks? Or perhaps with a splash of water in the classic Bourbon and branch water tradition? While the simple answer is to enjoy your whiskies any way you like to drink them, here are some suggestions for ways to get the most enjoyment out of your whiskies.

Common Brands of Whiskey

There are too many whiskies on the market today to count and it can be difficult to navigate the selection available. This list provides a general guide to different whiskey brands in each style with examples of the price ranges you can expect.

Sweet and Sour Mash

Mash is a liquid composed of crushed grain stirred with boiling water to create a liquid that drains from the mash and is fermented. There are two types of mash: sweet and sour.

3 New Books for Whiskey Lovers

Recently, three great new whiskey books have appeared on bookshelves around the country. Written by some of the most knowledgeable people in the whisky world, all are invaluable resources and each is highly recommended. Pick up all three and you'll find yourself with not only great perspectives on the world of whiskey, but also a thorough.

What is Malt?

Used in distilling and brewing, malt is grain that is softened and germinated to aid starches in transforming to sugar.


"Martinis" are normally served in a chilled cocktail glass yet some of these drinks are preferred on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. You will find that patrons have personal preferences with these drinks in particular and it is important that you ask questions to ensure the drink is to their taste.

You will need to know:
1. Liquor preference
2. Garnish preference
3. Shaken or Stirred
4. Dry, Dirty, Perfect


Dry Martini- 1/2 the amount of dry vermouth
Extra Dry Martini- couple of drops of dry vermouth
Bone Dry Martini (Desert Martini)- no vermouth
Perfect Martini- equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth
Vodka Martini- vodka instead of gin
Dirty Martini- small amount of olive brine
Gibson- garnish with cocktail onion


Dry Manhattan- dash of dry vermouth, garnish with a lemon twist
Perfect Manhattan- equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth, garnish with a lemon twist

Rob Roy

Dry Rob Roy- dash of dry vermouth, garnish with an olive
Perfect Rob Roy- equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth

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