Enjoying Single Malt Whisky: Basic Drinking Etiquette

New to whisky? No problem. In this post, we’re going to share some basic etiquette to adopt while you sip on your dram. These are whisky drinking conventions that will enhance your overall experience and save you from treacherous mistakes, like mixing your single malt with coke.


1. Always drink your whisky from a glass

We know it’s a lot easier to serve whisky in disposable cups, especially when you’re hosting a house party. Avoid them at all costs. Disposable / paper cups are unworthy vessels for any fine dram. Use lowball or tulip glasses instead. If you must, make do with a short beer glass. Think about it this way – you wouldn’t usually take a beautiful lady to a roadside mamak for a first date would you? And yes, we do recommend treating your dram like a beautiful lady!

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2. Drink your whisky on the rocks or with a dash of water

If you’re new to single malts, it’s hard to enjoy the flavours and aromas of the whisky when you drink it neat. For the uninitiated, the sting of the alcohol can be overwhelming. Add some ice or a dash of water to your dram. Or an iceball for extra swag. But never, EVER mix your single malt whisky with coke, or any other mixer for that matter. If you have to ask why, we suggest you stop reading this article now and go watch the Kardashians on TV or something.


3. Nose your whisky

Single malts have complex and delicious aromas. Take some time to savour them with your nose! Raise your glass to slightly below your nose and try to identify the aromas that greet you. You may only get the alcohol on your first sniff, so take a second and a third. After some practice, you’ll be able to notice hints of vanilla, citrus, spice and even green apple. Use your imagination!

4. Sip and go easy on the Yumsengs

A bottle of whisky is meant to be enjoyed and savoured. Sip slowly with poise and composure. Keep your little finger on the glass. Let the liquid roll around in your mouth and try to identify the flavours you get from it. Some of the most common flavours in single malts include vanilla, toffee and dried fruit. Try to avoid downing your whisky if you can, especially if you’re enjoying fine whisky aged 18 years and above.

5. Drink responsibly

We can’t stress this enough – single malt whisky is a drink to be enjoyed and savoured slowly. There is no need to chase and rush your drinks, lest you want to end up becoming rather ungentlemanly. No better way to pay homage to the dram you have in hand by drinking responsibly!

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