When at a walk in the forrest I usually have an Islay - last times Laphroaig Quarter Cask or the CS
Last weekend at a dog show I had Springbank Cuvée - mainly because it is the one been longest open in the collection.
And to enjoy it best I would have a Glencairn glass in my pocket too.
Because usually if you are hiking with other people they will want a swig. And sadly I am never hiking with single malt fans. I am just happy to have them ask for a nip.
A year ago I backpacked through Europe and would just buy a new bottle when my flask ran empty. Mostly I remember having Ballantine's Finest (not that great), Jack Daniels (I am from Tennessee), and Macallan CS (It seemed to last longer and go better with the Havana cigars we enjoyed on the trip).
So ya, Never put an Islay in my flask even though the malts from that island are my current drink of choice.
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In the morning, when camping (I get up pretty early), I build a fire, brew up some coffee and put an ounce of Cointreau in the mug before I top up with coffee. I then sip a bit, top up with coffee and sip again while mellowing out and browsing through my subscription copy of Whisky Magazine. The Cointreau flavour slowly fades as the morning wears on. When the wife wakes up a couple of hours later, I then make breakfast.
And being a Canadian - no, I haven't seen any bears lately when I'm camping, although we get them here in town on a regular basis in the summer. They're worse than mosquitos, as when you swat them, they swat back. I was camping in a Provincial park a few years back when a bear that was in a dumpster was startled by a lady running by, so he ran alongside her for a while before veering into the bush. I'm not sure who was more scared. Her or the black bear.
PS: I just gave a flask away at Christmas to a buddy, topped up with Aberlour A'Bunadh. So that will be what I take in my flask next time.
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