Now here is a true crunch question: What do you think about using whisky for mixing?
When following the whisky community active on the internet, I have come across a lot of avid supporters of mixing whisky but also purists who detest any ‘adulteration’ of their drams apart from maybe a little water. This poll wants to shed light onto the question how these two camps compare in strength.
The possible answers are very straightforward this time: Yes, No or Undecided. The poll will end at midnight CEST on 31st August 2011.
By the fact that I have also published a few cocktail recipes you can deduct that I have answered “Yes”. I have noticed some raised eybrows from regular readers about this attitude, but I really do think that using whisky in mixed drinks is a viable option.
My personal view on this issue is that I do NOT regard mixing as a way to enjoy whisky. I prefer to enjoy whisky neat and with water if needed. When using it for mixing, whisky becomes just an ingredient in a recipe. The subtleties of flavour are lost but the whisky blends with other ingredients to form something new. You can compare this with using wine for cooking. Coq au vin is certainly not a way to enjoy wine, but it is a very tasty wine based dish. A zabaione is a delicious dessert but not a way to enjoy marsala wine. And for me a Manhattan is an excellent cocktail but not a way to enjoy American whisky.