If you’ve bought alcohol before, chances are, you were unable to finish them in one sitting. That’s normal. Even after a house party, your friends might feel too buzzed to finish off that last bit of whiskey you have on your shelf. Some even tell you they’re not going to drink at all, because they need to drive.
Storing alcohol is something common that we find ourselves doing once we get in the habit of buying our own bottles. While it’s not something that we actively do everyday, storing alcohol the wrong way can lead it to turn bad.
In fact, unopened bottles and opened bottles should be stored differently. Due to oxidation, opened wine can deteriorate over time and lose its flavour and colour. Therefore, certain spirits and wines should be refrigerated once opened.
For most distilled spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila, they should be stored at room temperature. Keeping them in a cool place does preserve them a little longer, though putting them in a freezer or refrigerator does not extend their shelf life by a drastic amount. Rather, most people put their alcohol in the freezer because they want to serve it chilled.
The only exception to this rule are fortified wines, such as vermouth, or crea
You’ve seen them. The fancy “whiskey connoisseurs” who use fancy terms to describe “notes” and “flavour profiles” in whiskeys. The words cast some doubt in your eyes, but when you try these spirits with these descriptions in mind, the spirit does seem to exhibit these flavours. Then you wonder -- how do these masters; whiskey wizards learn to appreciate whiskeys? Where do these terms to describe whiskeys come from?
Well, young padawan, drinking whiskey is very much like picking the right book. For some, it may be like striking a jackpot on the first tipple, while for most, it requires time and experience before knowing your muse. And these connoisseurs have spent more time in a year than you have in a lifetime learning the art.
Of course, never does a “wrong” book do you harm; having more trial-and-errors are merely opportunities to expand your liquor knowledge and deepen your palate, paving the way to your personal favourite. These masters have trial-and-errored more times than you have trial-ed.
The willingness to try should not come without prudence, however. Unfortunately, resources are limited — both in terms of cash and time. In light of these limitations, there are tips by our fellow whiskey connoisseurs you may wish to heed. Save yourself from the hassle of treading dirt roads and braving windstorms and read on.
Know Thy Grains, Know Thy Whiskey
Whiskey, like beer, is made from grains. The types of grains that go into these distilled spirits are usually
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It’s infrequent that we see lads sipping on a pink-bodied mix, propped in a stemmed glass, or a lady tippling down some neat Scotch (Copper Dog is a popular choice) at the bar. In this age of the metrosexual chap, sexism seems to remain unremarked in the world of liquor. However, this time with men at the shorter end of the stick. Women pulling off “manlier” drinks rises in everyone’s estimation, but it is quite the opposite for the man with an appletini. Fret not mate, let’s get you covered -- what exactly makes a drink “girly”?
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