Whiskey (or whiskey, for our American and Irish readers) is a drink often associated with established gentlemen; an alcoholic drink to enjoy after a day of hunting, or at the end of a fancy dinner, accompanied by a cigar – in fact, this video takes a perfect look at the traits that define a whiskey lover.
We’ve already discussed the “rules” you need to know if you choose to pour yourself a dram, including how to best smell your whiskey before drinking it, and which should be used to make cocktails, and which are the more appreciated. solo.
But we’re not here to talk shop: Irish MMA fighter and founder of Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, Conor McGregor, has now weighed in on how you should (and shouldn’t) drink whisky, sparking a debate over ad etiquette in the process.
Conor clearly has a love for the spirit, enough at least to found his own brand, although it was reported that he recently sold his state to Proximo Spirits.
Taking to Twitter, the Dublin man replied to another user’s tweet, which was itself a response to another post from Conor. In this very original post, Conor declares: “My whiskey is the smoothest on the market, without exception! But I still don’t recommend drinking completely straight.
“One/two ice cubes is perfect! The ice opens up the flavor inside the glass. Think of the liquid as a fist in the barrel, you need a slight dilution to open it.
Twitter user Robert Anthony replied: “I tried to drink it straight shots and let me tell you the sum [sic]. Bar fights are fun. lmao.
You can’t drink whiskey! You don’t make whiskey shots! It is to be paid. Savored! And fully savored! The right way. You can drink straight, or my favorite, on the rocks, but never shots. What is the rush? Savor it all, life is good! https://t.co/haSy2WNZ66
—Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 17, 2021
McGregor disputed that – but not the bar fight part. He was unhappy with the way Robert drank his whiskey. So he replied with a rule: “Whiskey is not drunk!” You don’t make whiskey shots! It is to be paid. Savored! And fully savored! The right way.
“You can drink straight, or my favorite, off the rocks, but never shots. What is the rush? Savor it all, life is good!
His claims have divided opinion, with several Twitter users agreeing with him and others disagreeing, particularly targeting his Proper No. Twelve brand.
Some agreeing comments included:
“While visiting Ireland, our bartender said the exact same thing, what are you in a rush? He said I don’t understand why Americans are always in such a rush. Great advice!”
“I tried it last week for the first time and it’s smoother and tastier than you could ever imagine.”
Another comment was, “I will only drink whiskey, and it’s not for the name, not for the owner, it’s because it’s the smoothest whiskey I’ve tasted.” Sir, you make one hell of a whisky!
However, some clearly weren’t taken in by the supposedly sweet taste of Conor’s dram. Many made comments such as:
“Shots are the best way to drink Proper 12. If it tastes like turpentine, better be done with quick intelligence.”
“Whiskey should be enjoyed the way you like it, shots, neat, rocks, blended…the only rule of whiskey is to drink good whiskey with good friends and family.”
“This whiskey is trash, so the sooner you can down it, the better.”
Oh, and: “Conor bad news, I had glasses of whiskey.”
While we doubt those same users would make the same comments about Conor’s whiskey, lest they be stunned, Conor’s claims certainly carry some weight.
While many whiskey drinking bibles – such as the official Johnnie Walker whiskey brand website – will certainly tell you to drink it as you see fit, these statements are usually followed by “straight, over ice, diluted”. You will rarely find “experts” encouraging you to photograph it.
The general consensus seems to be that it’s a waste to pull a whiskey unless it’s bad and cheap.
Of course, we’re not here to educate you and force you to do something you don’t want to do. But, the next time you’re at a bar and ordering a dram, don’t be surprised if you get some weird looks if you push it back into one.
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