Once 27-year old Konchok Norgais had his first taste of a single malt whisky a few months ago, he was hooked for life. “For me, enjoying the taste and the purity of a single malt is like an adventure,” he says.
A drink that used to be hard to find, and even harder to afford, is finding a new audience in young 20-somethings, who now have more cash to spend and are being more exposed to newer drinking styles.
Serious whisky drinkers say they would never use a single malt to make a cocktail, not wanting to taint the pure taste of the drink. “I enjoy single malts in a cold glass, on the rocks, or with a dash of hot or cold water”, says Pranay Das, 25, co-founder of the Delhi Single Malt Club. “But certain blended whiskeys, like Johnnie Walker Red, are meant to be mixed and are used to make cocktails like Whiskey Sour,” he says.
On the other hand, Nasir Shaikh, F&B Manager of JW Marriott in Mumbai, who heads the new whisky club at the hotel, says people seem to prefer even blended whiskeys like Johnnie Walker or Chivas Regal straight up or with ice.
No matter how you like drinking your whisky, you can take pleasure in the fact that more and more bars in big cities are stocking it. And all the whisky lovers say there’s not right way or wrong way to drink it, so feel free to enjoy it anyway you like. Cheers!