If diamonds are girls best friends then Whiskey and Cognac must surely be something at least similar to men. And then someone comes along and says something like: “But dude, real men drink beer”. Let’s pause right here for a second and get something straight real quick - real men drink what they want. Period. Don't you just hate people who go arround telling others what they should do so they fit into a specific frame? Do me a favour and don't ever give in to what they say. You are you, and nobody has the right to tell you otherwise. And we have just incidentally found the title for the next chapter. Who would have thought? But anyways, let’s continue with today’s topic.
I finally have the time to write a few words about something that’s very dear to me. It’s in liquid state and of brown colour. The richness of its taste would bring anyone to his knees; but for some, the strength of its character is overwhelming. Nothing goes better with a fresh Cuban cigar and (almost) nothing has the ability to relax your mind and soul on a quiet evening.
What I’m talking about is an occasional glass of a spirit drink. As it happens (not surprisingly), I love both whiskey and cognac, but, if I had to choose, I’d go with Whiskey. There is no contest. The sweet taste of Johnny Walker Black is a delicacy not matched by any Cognac, no matter the price tag. So, just to get some sort of general understanding, what are the key differences between the two? (but does it really matter?) First we need to understand how each is made and that will give us a rough picture of what’s going on.
Whiskey or whisky, whichever you prefer, is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from any form of fermented grain mash. Depending on the geographical region or type of whiskey that is being made, whiskey can be made from barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, and corn. They are often aged in charred barrels. I belive that's enough to refresh your memory so why don't we take a quick glance at Cognac and move on.
Besides the fact, that true cognac can only be made in the French region of Cognac (hence the name), it is made from the same ingredient as wine making it a much closer relative to Brandy, despite the often confusion with Whiskey. But they kind of look the same so the switch is completely understandable. It is my opinion though that cognac feels more upper class than Whiskey. On the other hand it depends on how you look at it and what your previous experience have been. You can definitely find Whiskey in Ceo's offices as well. Did you know that cognac wasn't even that popular in the United states until recently?
There are, of course, many differences between the two and many types and kinds within each classification itself. But this should be enough to give you a rough picture of what is going on. The thing is, you know, it can get really complicated. Once you start going into the details of specific regions where cognac is made or how a Scotch whiskey is different from it's smooth Tennesse counterpart. One could loose his head in all of the information and that's not really the point of my writings.
“I followed my heart and it lead me to whiskey”
There are a million options to choose from and it's up to you and your taste to find the one which is right. It may be single malt or blended. Who knows? Nobody does, until they try. If I'd have to recommend one, I'd say go with Johnny Walker Black; the whiskey of choice of the late and great Christopher Hitchens (so you know it's not bad). We're slowly getting into essay territory so why don't we end it here; leave something for the chapters to come.
Until next time, RP.