In light of the mailbag: How do you drink your Scottish Whiskey?
So the rocks thing is something I was vaguely aware of but the Mailbag video made me think, how do people drink their whiskey? (specifically the Scottish kind)
I used to be an on the rocks guy but nowadays I end up using some water to give it a flavour I'm happier with (Laphroaig is a bit too much for me to enjoy without at least some water to smooth the taste).
(Not sure if being trolled...)
I never used to be a big fan, so I'd just drown JD in litres on coke.
These days I'm actually quite keen on the occasional nip, and I either have it neat or with a touch of water (but generally neat).
I struggle with drinking Whisky straight unless I drink it like a shot. I have no idea how people deal with it straight. Was it something you have consciously keep doing until you develop a taste? Or is it always there and thats what keeps it a longer drink?
I was always told you had to develop it and move all the way from a mild blended thing to whatever type of expensive single malt you end up gravitating to (for example a really peaty flavour) over years of letting your taste buds adapt. I have no idea if that's nonsense (or a misplaced tale as your sense of taste is changing as you grow up anyway, whether you eat/drink specific things or not) but I definitely know plenty of people who have not enjoyed a single malt that they've later gone on to love after refining their taste starting with something milder.
I drink it neat in a snifter, non-chilled...
...the only way it should be. I also drastically prefer a single malt above anything else. If I need to straw a bit of water to it in order to open it up, I'll do so. However, it's always room temperature bottled water.
The only exception is Johnny Walker, and I usually just go with a Johnny and Coke for that.
Personally, my favorite drams are Ardbeg 10 and Glenfiddich 15 Solera. However, my palette has been pretty limited so far. Living in Texas makes it difficult to get the good stuff. Even more difficult is the price on some of the bottles I'd like to try.
Can anyone say "Lagavulin 21yo for $1,000"?
I don't drink alcohol especially often, and I don't really care that much about it. But the few times I get to choose, I prefer straight whisky. But I guess I wouldn't care if there was ice in it. I've yet to find one that is too strong to drink without it though.
Jura on the rocks. Springbank if I'm feeling richer.
Don't see what the hatred it for ice, it's normal.
Depends on the whisky. If it's something like Ardbeg it's really nice to just add a few drops of water to it to enhance the flavour.
Ardbeg, good shout!
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