Scotch on the rocks is probably one of the most purest ways to drink a good Scotch Whisky. This is said to preserve both the taste and flavor of a Single Malt Whisky the best way possible.
Most scotch aficionados will swear by drinking the Scotch neat or without any ice and water. A couple of ice cubes or a little water can actually accentuate the flavors much nicer than drinking it straight or neat. Also, adding a little bit of water makes the whisky much more palatable to people who are not exceptionally fond of the smoky taste of the whisky.
An alternative to using ice cubes is to use chilled whisky stones. This allows the drink stay cold longer without diluting the whisky at all. But this does not really open up the whisky flavor as best as a little water can.
What you use will depend very much on the taste of the particular whisky and your own personal preference. My preference is to first taste the whisky neat and then add water or ice cubes as desired to suit your taste. My most preferred way is to mix the ice and whisky stones to get the best of both.
- Premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Whisky Stones
- Ice Cube(s)
- Put 3 to 4 whisky stones into the glass
- Add one ice cube into the glass
- Pour Scotch Whisky slowly into the glass to cover the stones
(Neat or Straight) Whisky: Serve without the ice cubes and with just the whisky stones. Some even have it without the whisky stones and at room temperature.
Some may choose to add a few drops or a splash of water instead of the ice cube. Either works fine.
The amount of water/ice cube added should depend very much on the taste of the whisky itself and your appreciation of the taste. To me, the smokier tasting whiskies demand an extra ice cube.
There is no right or wrong way to drink whisky, it is what suits your taste and style. Drink as you like it.