Not every drinker is born a whiskey lover. If you didn’t emerge from the womb a whiskey enthusiast—but have a desire to dabble in the dark, oak-aged arts—don’t attempt to jump straight from a Vodka-Soda into a pool of funky, smoky Islay scotch. Get some whiskey training wheels to help you make the transition.
To guide you on your journey, we enlisted the help of Marcel Simoneau, one of the owners of Noorman’s Kil whiskey bar in Brooklyn. There, Simoneau keeps the bar stocked with more than 400 whiskies and hosts tastings to educate would-be whiskey fans on the spirit’s heritage and how it’s made. If you want to love whiskey but are having trouble getting started, follow his advice and you’ll go from novice to expert in no time.