Whisky!

link1896

Eats Squid
Somehow we don't have a dedicated whisky thread. How this has happened is beyond me.:noidea:

right now I'm enjoying a Nant single malt Homestead reserve, neat, no ice, no water. Freaking amazing.
 
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moorey

Pagophagic
Apparently the Scots consider it "proper" to cut it with a splash of water. Not I, completely neat for me.

Talisker Storm is a ripper, got a really nice, smooth smokiness to it.
Because Scott's are tight as a ducks arse. Speaking of arse, that's what whiskey. Yes, I've tried some reputed to be the best on the planet, pass.
 

link1896

Eats Squid
Great suggestions, adding to my shopping list. When in tassie next I'll be sure to take cash to avoid an audit by the home affairs minister, had been planning to visit Sullivans cove....need to reasses options. Screamed through Hellyers road last year to do the tour for cheaper bottles while in Burnie.

someone gave me a Johnny walker double black, it's been blended for smokers who have fried their sense of taste. Fuck me, is there a chunk of charcoal popped into every bottle?. The first and last whiskey I drink with kirks lemonade, then it's really nice and I drink with a meal. Kind of like a cocktail.
 

link1896

Eats Squid
Because Scott's are tight as a ducks arse. Speaking of arse, that's what whiskey. Yes, I've tried some reputed to be the best on the planet, pass.

Its not for everyone, kind of like veganism.

Adding a little water to some whiskies enhances the flavour. I'll put one cube of ice with Hellyers Road.
 

stirk

Wheel size expert
I love the peaty whiskey like lophroaig, but lately am enjoying hakushu and oban for something different.


Water has no place near a good drop.
 

stirk

Wheel size expert
Because Scott's are tight as a ducks arse. Speaking of arse, that's what whiskey. Yes, I've tried some reputed to be the best on the planet, pass.
That's what whiskey...? Finish sentence much, too many mung beans fermenting in you today.

Whiskey is frisky, love it.
 

Lazmo

Old and hopeless
Spent two months hitching around Scotland in '81... and went to a few distilleries… hic.

My fave by far, was Highland Park, on the Orkney Islands. Flying to Cambodia last year, I saw a bottle of Highland Park at Tulla, going for $4,500… and that is duty-free.

Yes it is true, the Scots have a jug of water on the bar to add to your neat scotch.

BTW, back then the most common blended scotch was Famous Grouse.
 

link1896

Eats Squid
Melons horrify me, and I don't like alcohol. What could go wrong? :noidea:

Once martial law is imposed in this country, you will need to satisfy ten criteria to earn your citizenship like the rest of us.

One point you you can never earn in this test, must like alcohol.
 

PINT of Stella. mate!

One Scotch & Joke
I'm going to overlook the paddy/yank spelling so far but if I catch one more person referring to Whisky as 'Whiskey' or 'Scotch' when describing anything other than your ryes, bourbons and irish concoctions, there'll be a reckoning and there will be blood!

Anyway, if it's off-the-shelf you're after, it's harder to put a foot wrong than it is to find a winner providing you stick with single-malts and you have a rough idea of what you like.

If you want smoother, more fruity whiskies stick with the Speyside and Highland malts - or go Japanese they've got some wicked single malts on the go- Macallan is always a winner, as is Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich has a massive range with their 12 yr being found most places. Their best one though is the Gran Reserva (formerly known as the Havana Reserve) which is matured in Cuban rum casks to give it a weird leathery flavour.

If it's smoky, peaty whiskies get thee to Islay. Bowmore is a great el cheapo Islay malt if you're on a budget whereas Lagavulin is a top dram if you're feeling flush and Laphroaig is just plain mental. It's a love-it or hate-it dram. I fucking love it!

If you're really feeling flush with the cash though, get onto the single-cask malts. They're malts made not only They're usually only available from mobs like the Scotch Malt Whisky Society or specialist bars and they're bloody pricey ($200 - $400 a bottle from the SMWS and that's for vintages usually 18yrs and less. That said they're at cask strength 60-70% abv so they last a bit longer). Nothing else tastes like them on earth however and due to the variables found in each barrel over the decade or so they mature and the lack of any dilution or mixing, you'll never find anything that tastes exactly the same - even from the same distillery.

Like I said, its hard to put a foot wrong if you know what style of whisky you prefer although I would warn anyone to stay the fuck away from South Island whisky from NZ. I thought $100 for a 21yr malt was a bargain. Turns out I was wrong. Absolute rank! Tasted like Bhopal tap water. Worst whisky I've ever tried and that's including Johnnie Red...

Spent two months hitching around Scotland in '81... and went to a few distilleries… hic.

My fave by far, was Highland Park, on the Orkney Islands. Flying to Cambodia last year, I saw a bottle of Highland Park at Tulla, going for $4,500… and that is duty-free.

Yes it is true, the Scots have a jug of water on the bar to add to your neat scotch.

BTW, back then the most common blended scotch was Famous Grouse.
It still is in Scotland along with Whyte & MacKay and Bells. Johnnie Walker is treated like Fosters by it's homeland...
 

GeoffRidesBikes

Likes Dirt
The water thing is a personal preference but not just because the scots are tightarses, there is some basis to it.

Adding the water has a few different effects. You dilute the ethanol a bit and so you will simply perceive more of the flavour - it's not knocking your tastebuds over as much. As you dilute and cool the ethanol, aromas are being released and you cannot discount the impact that smell has on taste.

There's all sorts of esters and amino acids and other malarkey going on.

Try it, you might be surprised. It's great on the nose if nothing else.

It still is in Scotland along with Whyte & MacKay and Bells. Johnnie Walker is treated like Fosters by it's homeland...
As it bloody well should be.
 
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