Adding a few drops of water to whiskey can open up its flavors, soften its intensity, and allow you to experience different nuances in the drink.
Ice can chill whiskey and slightly dilute it, which can mellow out certain flavors. Some prefer the colder temperature and the way it changes the drinking experience. v
These are non-porous cubes or shapes made of materials like soapstone or stainless steel that you chill and use in place of ice cubes. They cool the whiskey without diluting it.
Adding a few drops of bitters, like Angostura or orange bitters, can impart unique flavors to the whiskey and create more complex taste profiles.
For those who prefer sweeter drinks, a touch of simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water) can mellow out the whiskey's bite and add a hint of sweetness.
Some people enjoy adding slices of citrus fruits like oranges or lemon twists to their whiskey. The oils from the peels can complement the whiskey's flavors.
Experimenting with herbs like rosemary or thyme, or spices like cinnamon sticks or cloves, can add aromatic elements to the drink.
Mixing whiskey with ginger ale or soda water can create refreshing highballs, allowing you to enjoy the flavors of whiskey in a lighter, more effervescent drink.