1. Whisky on the rocks is perfectly acceptable.
How many times have you heard that true whisky aficionados would never dilute their favourite dram by adding ice? Balderdash, says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender at J.P. Wiser’s. Not only do pros occasionally take their whisky on the rocks, but they’ll also consider adding water to taste. “When served straight-up, a whisky’s woody character is at its strongest,” says Livermore. “As it’s diluted, the fruit and floral notes have a greater chance to shine.” As a rule of thumb, add water slowly until the whisky’s palate is where you want it to be-a little water can go a long way.