The idea of drinking whiskey like a gentleman is primarily to not do it a disservice. At HSS, we feel that anything crafted with such care and passion should be enjoyed correctly. Here are five ways to make sure you’re drinking your whiskey like a gentleman.
1. Know your whiskey. If you love whiskey then take time to educate yourself as much as you can in the subject and share your knowledge for the greater good of enjoying your chosen spirit. Know the regions and types as well as your own preferences to avoid poor selections. When asked, explain what you are drinking, its merits and why you prefer it.
2. Sip with care and intention. Gentleman don’t do shots. Avoid inebriation and all the pitfalls involved in the pursuit thereof. Take the time to swirl your glass and nose your whiskey before you taste it. Sip slowly so you can focus on the complexity and flavors of your selection. Enjoy and savor each sip and the journey it takes over your palate from start to finish.
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3. One drink at a time in the right vessel. Avoid using improper glassware for sprit sipping like highball glasses or pint glasses. Also, filling your glass more than a quarter full or ordering a double will degrade your ability to swirl your spirit as well as ruining the nosing of your drink. An overly full glass could also give the appearance of bad intentions.
4. Friends first. Always pour your company’s drink first. If your unsure of their willingness to partake, then allow them the option to pour for themselves. This also applies if you pull out a flask, as I am known to do so often. Don’t forget to give fair warning if you are drinking barrel proof or cask strength spirits.
5. Give a gift. A carefully selected bottle of whiskey is a great gentleman’s gift. If your friend has a certain preference like bourbon or Irish whiskey, then find a limited or special release. Do a little research and acquire something typically hard to find. Accompany your gift with a note on why the bottle is special.
Thanks, as always, for reading. And cheers!
He Spoke Style