Scotch whisky should be drunk straight.

“No, whisky should be enjoyed just as you like it: straight, on the rocks, with soda (currently very popular in Japan), green tea (the Chinese love this) or coconut water (the craze in Brazil),” saysCharles MacLean, a James Beard Award-winning author and one of the world’s leading Scotch authorities. “But for full ‘appreciation,’ particularly of single malt, skip the ice and try a little water, which opens up the aroma and makes it easier to evaluate the taste.”