Short of drinking the flames and blood of Drogon, the largest of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons, consuming whiskey is the manliest thing one can do. Whiskey has been for centuries the drink of deep thinkers, thoughtful loners and recovering alcoholics who have fallen off the wagon.
Here with a brief history of the spirit is Squire Eric Ortega, for whom whiskey is water and water is simply water.
If my short time as a consumer of many alcoholic beverages has taught me anything, there are at least two types of drinkers: those who know the history of the alcohol they imbibe, and those who buy a big ass plastic bottle of Kamchatka Vodka with the handle on the side. That is an oversimplification but the sentiment slightly rings true. For the purposes of examination, let us take whiskey. There is nothing more manly and American than having a good swig of Jack or Beam, but the drink is not uniquely American. The family tree of distilled beverages may reach as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, but the whiskey that we recognize today as the one on BevMo shelves or going into your Old Fashioned likely arose in 15th Century Ireland and Scotland.