Anthony Bourdain Says This Is How You Should Be Drinking Whisky

If you love food, cocktails, travel, or some combination of the three then, you also likely love Anthony Bourdain. The sharp-tongued globetrotter is a recognized expert when it comes to where to go for a few drinks and a whole lot of grub anywhere in the world. And usually, whatever the celebrity chef suggests goes over well with the food and culture community — but his latest revelation on how to drink whisky has ruffled more than a few feathers. In a recent interview with writer Dan Dunn on his podcast Drinky Fun Time, Bourdain revealed that he always, always, drinks his whisky with ice, regardless of its age.

And while whisky purists will call this sacrilegious, don’t worry, his version of “ice” is worthy of this one-time pass. According to Bourdain, during a recent excursion to Antarctica a crew member served up a glass of scotch and walked over to pick up a chunk of ice from a nearby glacier. While serving it to Bourdain the crew member said, “The ice I just put in your drink is like thousands of years older than even the idea of whisky.”

Bourdain also noted that he enjoys a good ice cube in most of his whiskys adding, “I'm sure many people don't like when I say it, but unless it's something really, you know, rare and high-end like this, I'll put a rock or two in.” However, anything older than 23 years and he’ll drink it neat, Bourdain clarified. So is Bourdain totally ruining whisky forever? According to Heather Nelson, the managing director of Toulvaddie Distillery in Scotland, prefered taste should always trump any “rules” when it comes to drinking. “Whisky is there for the enjoyment of the drinker, if that means adding ice, water or whatever it is that enhances your whisky drinking experience, then that is what you should do,” she told the Independent.