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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #480 on: December 09, 2015, 08:59:20 PM »
I use similar cubes, but perhaps a smaller glass.  Or maybe a bigger pour.  I pour to the height of the cube.

Those cubes will last for two pours, in my experience.  It's a much smaller cube for the 2nd pour.  2nd pour goes to the height of the smaller cube.

I also got the round ice-cube molds.  I like those, too, but it's harder to judge a pour.
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« Reply #481 on: December 09, 2015, 09:37:33 PM »
I go 3/4 of the way up the cube and it lasts for two pours. Anything higher and I seem to go to sleep earlier than planned. ;)
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« Reply #482 on: December 09, 2015, 09:40:15 PM »
I go 3/4 of the way up the cube and it lasts for two pours. Anything higher and I seem to go to sleep earlier than planned. ;)

I will admit to an early bed time on occasion.  Such as last night.  I blame it on the kids, though.  Putting young ones to bed is tiring work.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #483 on: December 09, 2015, 10:28:57 PM »
I prefer to put the whiskey into the glass first, then add an ice cube.  It is easier to measure the volume since I don't have uniform cubes or use the same glass.  I usually drink single malts neat or with a small shard of ice, but have my bourbon on the rocks.
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« Reply #484 on: December 09, 2015, 11:32:19 PM »
Sipping some Balvenie double wood 17. Drops of water IMO isn't making it better.


Edit: perhaps it's my upbringing. My papa drank it neat, my dad also, and perhaps I'm just biased because that's how I enjoy it.

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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #485 on: December 09, 2015, 11:47:36 PM »
Sipping some Balvenie double wood 17. Drops of water IMO isn't making it better.


I agree in that case - Double Wood is my favorite non peaty Scotch. Love that stuff !


EDIT - And I like it neat, too.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #486 on: December 09, 2015, 11:49:42 PM »

Sipping some Balvenie double wood 17. Drops of water IMO isn't making it better.


I agree in that case - Double Wood is my favorite non peaty Scotch. Love that stuff !

Perhaps that's my problem. I'm not at all educated enough to know what you should or want to dilute and not. I'm just accustomed to neat all around.


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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #487 on: December 09, 2015, 11:53:03 PM »
I usually try it neat first, then add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 oz ish) and try again. If it improves I decide it needed it. Some like Double Wood are great neat as is.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #488 on: December 09, 2015, 11:56:27 PM »

I usually try it neat first, then add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 oz ish) and try again. If it improves I decide it needed it. Some like Double Wood are great neat as is.

Ok so give me a few examples of " improved by water".


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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #489 on: December 10, 2015, 12:04:36 AM »

I usually try it neat first, then add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 oz ish) and try again. If it improves I decide it needed it. Some like Double Wood are great neat as is.




Ok so give me a few examples of " improved by water".


I think cask strength (strong) Scotch, smokey/peaty Scotches like Lagavulin, Glenmorangie, Talisker, etc., and most good bourbons open up a little with a small splash of water. High proof bourbons definitely benefit, too. Though I do like Knob Creek neat.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #490 on: December 10, 2015, 12:11:01 AM »
Man, at the end of the day, drink it the way it tastes best. It's what I do.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #491 on: December 10, 2015, 12:12:32 AM »

Man, at the end of the day, drink it the way it tastes best. It's what I do.

Agreed. I'm not opposed to new tricks to enjoy it even more!


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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #492 on: December 10, 2015, 02:56:11 AM »
I typically find most Single Batch Bourbons are great neat, but I also try them with a cube to see what I prefer. Often when the proof goes 100 or higher they need a chill pill. Some exceptions are George T Stagg and Stagg Jr. Despite high alcohol levels they drink mighty fine neat. Occasionally I find one I don't like neat and which does not seem to improve with the cube. The Old Forester 1897 is 100 proof and I don't particularly like it neat, nor with a cube. Still seems hot even with the ice melt. I'll give it a few more tries, but it may become a Bourbon I use for mixed drinks.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #493 on: December 10, 2015, 03:53:36 PM »
I usually try it neat first, then add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 oz ish) and try again. If it improves I decide it needed it. Some like Double Wood are great neat as is.

I enjoy the Double Wood neat, but where it really shines is in a Hot Scotchy!

I would say the barrel strengths "tend" to benefit from light had doses of water. Booker's is a good example.
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Re: Whiskey
« Reply #494 on: December 10, 2015, 03:59:37 PM »
I usually try it neat first, then add a small amount of water (maybe 1/4 oz ish) and try again. If it improves I decide it needed it. Some like Double Wood are great neat as is.

I enjoy the Double Wood neat, but where it really shines is in a Hot Scotchy!

I would say the barrel strengths "tend" to benefit from light had doses of water. Booker's is a good example.


I'm with you, Steve. I put some Balvenie in the first runnings of my last Quad.  Crazy good !
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