The one and only James Bond often breaks his routine and drinks whiskey on the rocks, instead of his customary ‘martini-shaken not stirred.’007 is often seen indulging in a hearty pour of Talisker and Jack Daniels,on the rocks. Sean Connery, whose persona is associated with the British Secret Agent, brought Ian Fleming’s protagonist from reel to real when he promoted Jim Beam, with the catchphrase “The taste is distinctive, the man is Sean Connery, and the bourbon is Jim Beam.”
Whiskey on the rocks is a straight pour of whiskey served over ice. Now, there isn’t a perfect guide to drinking whiskey, although connoisseurs would prefer you drink it neat. Thing is, if you prefer your drink with ice, no pundit, self-proclaimed or otherwise, should stop you from having it your way.
Take cue from Bond, or rock and roll, if you will, and have your drink on the rocks. The larger the chunks, the longer it takes for the ice to melt. Your drink is chilled to your preference, but there’s more that happens to it when drinking whisky on the rocks. Adding smaller chunks of ice dilutes your whiskey, to the point where it loses its natural complexity and flavor. So, when drinking whisky on the rocks, add larger chunks of ice, and make sure to use freshly frozen cubes. Who’d want that fishy smell of the freezer to spoil their drink? Surely not you.
But what if you like your whiskey chilled, and neat? Whiskey stones, made of soapstone or stainless steel is your answer. You can have your whiskey on the rocks and save your drink from dilution at the same time. Whiskey stones can be reused- just clean up well and refreeze them.
With the turn of the 21st century, an unlikely new champion rose in the world of whisky making, and although they may not be as synonymous with whisky as the Scottish, the Irish and the Americans are, the Japanese are using their precision and tireless pursuit of perfection to craft some of the most impressive whiskies that have forced the world to stop and take notice.
Off the west coast of Scotland lies the picturesque Isle of Jura. Located at about 60 miles from Glasgow as the crow flies, the remote island has one road, one pub and a one really big whirlpool. Boasting a population of about 200 Diurachs (Gaelic name for the residents of the Isle) and about 5000 deer, it is also home to one of the most famous distilleries this side of the Prime Meridian – the Jura.
As the hero pushes open the door to a bar in a forlorn desert on the Wild West, a murmur rises and settles down, along with ages-old dust inside a dimly-lit salon. He walks up to the bar counter, tilts his hat to a side, and orders a glass of straight bourbon. As he’s about to swig the remnants of the whisky in his glass, gunfire erupts in the background. If you’re familiar with this series of events, chances are you’re a film buff. If cinema is your drug and whisky your poison, this is the article for you. Read on to discover some of the most memorable scenes on the silver screen featuring the golden tipple.