Whisky Magazine Issue 118
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Broom sweeps neat whisky out of the door
Whisky: The Manual Dave Broom
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If you are one those who believes that whisky should only be drunk neat then this book expels this myth. Dave Broom explains how to drink whisky in all its forms. Not just malts but blends as well, from all over the world. Whisky taken with water, soda, ginger ale and even green tea are all explored.
He describes today's situation as ‘The way that most of the new converts to its (whiskies) charms prefer to take it is mixed. It is only in the mature markets where the (actually rather recent) notion that it must be taken neat – and with a grimace – clings tenaciously on.' He then goes on to explode certain myths:
That whisky is old-fashioned.
You can picture the scene ‘a group of men, tweed suited..be-kilted and picking at their sporrans…' and the same applies to ‘Bourbon, just with less tweed and kilts.' It's no longer a grandfather's drink and it's not whisky that's old fashioned it's the attitude towards it.
That whisky is a drink for old men.
Every new market has as many women drinking whisky as men. The number of women master blenders is increasing and whisky is versatile and for everyone.
That whisky should be drunk neat.
How many people have been told not to add water to their whisky and have not questioned this supposition?
That whisky is for after dinner.
The author challenges you to partake in a Highball as an ideal pre-dinner drink.