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How To Drink Japanese Whiskies

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How Drink Japan Whisky

How To Drink Japanese Whiskies

You might be thinking this is the most obvious blog out there. After all, there are only two ways to drink a Japanese whisky. You can drink it straight or you can drink it on the rocks. But when it comes to Japanese whiskies, things are done a little bit differently.

In Japan you will find that whisky is consumed with meals. It’s done as a way to bond socially. By drinking whisky with a meal, it enables the Japanese to speak freely among themselves in a less formal manner. Unlike in the UK where we drink alcohol at parties as well as meals and such like, in Japan people drink in groups and always with a meal.

While Japanese whiskies can offer an excellent base for many delicious cocktails, there are many ways that it can be enjoyed on its own or on ice.

A Straight Whisky

A straight whisky is the purest way to enjoy this spirit. It is served with no ice and water, at room temperature. This allows the aromas of the drink to give off their best flavours. Some people prefer to serve their spirit in a glass that has been cooled in a freezer.

Whisky On The Rocks

If you would like to drink your whisky at a cooler temperature, you may choose to have it on the rocks. However, the main issue with any drink on the rocks is that ice cubes will melt, and this will dilute the alcohol. That said, the well-known phrase of ‘on the rocks’ for many types of alcohol is one of the most popular ways for people to drink whisky from Japan.

Whisky On The Rocks

The Mizuwari Whisky

When drinking whisky, the Japanese way, you may choose to have a mizuwari whisky. This literally means, mixed with water. The spirit is mixed with water and served in a glass that is filled with ice. This process transforms the whisky into a less-alcoholic beverage. However, it still retains the delicious flavour. Typically speaking, the mizuwari whisky is created with a glass full of ice and one-part whisky to two / two and a half parts water.

The Highball Whisky

The highball whisky is very similar to the mizuwari, however there is one small change. Instead of still water, like in the mizuwari, a highball whisky is the spirit mixed with sparkling water. The highball whisky is known as the sparkling version of the mizuwari and will certainly enable you to enjoy well-known Japanese whiskies in a new light. Exactly the same as the mizuwari, it’s one-part whisky, two to two and a half parts water (but sparking) in a glass filled with ice.

The Ice Ball Whisky

Similarly, to the whisky on the rocks, this way of drinking your spirit still cools the drink but there is less risk of the ice diluting the whisky. The ice ball whisky is where a perfectly round ball of ice is placed into the glass. Due to the size of the ice ball it has excellent cooling properties. The only issue is, unless you have the skills of an ice sculptor or the tools for the job, this can be a harder drink to create. That said, it is worth it!

Ice Ball Whisky

The Twice-Up Whisky

The twice up whisky is a more controversial way of enjoying Japanese whiskies, it’s also more confidential too. To create a twice-up whisky you need one-part whisky to one-part water. It is also known as a half and half, due to half of the drink being water and half being the alcohol. The twice-up whisky is served in a wine glass and, as always in Japan, enjoyed with a meal and friends.

Japanese whiskies are growing in popularity due to their delicious flavours and aromas. Each one offers a different flavour and aroma, but we know you will not be disappointed by whichever one you try.

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December 09, 2021
By ryan-bmdrink
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