To serve whisky “neat”, means to serve it as is. No water, no ice, no mixer. While this allows the whisky to stand on its own, its typical alcohol content of around 40% means it can hit you for six if you’re not used to drinking straight spirits.

Depending on your taste, you might prefer to add some water or ice to your drink. Whisky aficionados will know that a few drops of water can release aromatics and help to bring out flavour. It’s recommended to add water almost drop by drop until you reach the optimal dilution for your taste.

Adding ice to your whisky has a similar effect, while also helping to reduce some of the alcohol’s heat. It’s recommended to use a larger block of ice as it melts slower and helps prevent over-dilution, or whisky stones if you prefer your spirit cool but not watered.

To serve whisky, you first need to have whisky!

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