For many, the thought of adding anything other than a couple of drops of water to single malt is sacrilege. Luckily, the new generation of scotch lovers understand that not only can whisky be enjoyed straight, but some single malts work wonderfully when mixed. One serve that has caught the imagination of bartenders, because of its refreshing and simple nature, is The Highball.
Mixing scotch and soda over ice is not a new trend. Records show that it was the drink of choice in New York at the end of the 19th Century. However, it’s the 1950s and 60s that can truly claim to be the heyday of The Highball.
Today, we have Japanese bar culture to thank for putting this refreshing drink back on the map. There are not many bars in Japan where you won’t see folk enjoying a refreshing Highball.
Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master explains how Glenfiddich 12 Single Malt is the perfect base to a Highball.
“The balance between the vanilla oak and the complexity of the pear notes lends itself perfectly to this serve, where the oak is nicely understated alongside a lovely hint of green fruit and vibrancy. There are occasions, often at the end of a long day, when a highball provides the perfect refreshment to punctuate the beginning of the evening”.
Although The Highball is a simple serve, each ingredient is key to creating the perfect one. Join us this March, and enjoy a new way of drinking whisky. #unlearnwhisky