I don't see much difference between watering down one's whisky and using ice, which gets you to the same point. And probably with much less control over the final mix...
Maybe others will be able to shed some light on why using ice might be better than using water, if that's one's goal...
Now hold onto your socks, if it's really hot, I mix some Laphroaig 10, a little splash of Roses Lime Cordial and add ice, the combination of the peat, the lime and the coolness of the ice make it a great hot weather drink.
Lawrence wrote:Now hold onto your socks, if it's really hot, I mix some Laphroaig 10, a little splash of Roses Lime Cordial and add ice, the combination of the peat, the lime and the coolness of the ice make it a great hot weather drink.
Actually, it sounds like it could be rather good. Lime juice goes well in spicy foods, (salsa, sing sauce, curry) so peaty isn't a stretch. And if Rose's can make Yukon Jack drinkable, it can do anything.
I like that: Joseph Conrad?Lawrence wrote:... The horror!
A sip first, maybe a trickle of water after. No ice. Period. Chilling around the glass is another story .. .outside BBQ'g cools A'Bunadh into a nice winter dram.
Now, a buddy pours a healthy dram, adds an ice cube lets it melt, then drinks it. Cools the whisky slightly and sufficient water for his tastes. M.P.
No ice, no, no, ten thousand times ten thousand times no! It's an abomination, a crime against nature, a capital offense! But hey, that's just me. If it's too hot to properly appreciate whisky, I don't drink it.
When I was at university, I had a girlfriend who very occasionally enjoyed a Dalwhinnie on the rocks, along with a Rolling Rock beer. We had a good friend named Tammy who worked at the same university job that we did, and whose hometown was not too far from my girlfriend's. We'd all known each other for several years when, one evening, we all went out for a drink. Tammy ordered a Dalwhinnie on the rocks and a Rolling Rock. Thus it was that the two women learned that they'd each, years before, dated the same man.
MrTattieHeid wrote:If it's too hot to properly appreciate whisky, I don't drink it.
Yeah, that's my view of it. In the summer, I can go for beer (beer weather in Canada) or Tequila. No need to adulterate whisky of any sort.
This aside, I can't get into whisky on the rocks. As the ice melts, the consistency and temperature of the drink changes and this...irritates me. I have no problem adding water - I do this all the time.
I have no issues with others using ice. I just don't do it myself. I also think it's not the best way to get the best from the whisky. If it's good whisky, you lose some of the flavours this way. If it's substandard whisky, this practice just camaflages this fact a bit. And I would rather just not drink substandard whisky than try to make it paletable.
BTB, I have been known to drink the occasional bar brand such as Jim Beam White label, or Cutty Sark. This isn't about snobbery IMO - it's about me not "getting" the attraction to whisky on rocks.
Different strokes and all that I guess.
Ice is a bit of an equaliser, so I would not put it in a whisky if it was very expensive or was the last glass of this particluar brand left on the planet.
Stick a bit of ice in a good malt and you're not missing out on a life changing experience. In fact, I bet there's more left in the bottle and on the planet that you could try without ice, or even in cocktail.
MrTattieHeid wrote:No ice, no, no, ten thousand times ten thousand times no! It's an abomination, a crime against nature, a capital offense! But hey, that's just me. If it's too hot to properly appreciate whisky, I don't drink it.
What the man said. There are so many other drinks just made for hot weather. Cold beer. Vodka from the freezer. Soft drinks...
But if I was having more than a few social whiskies I'd be going for some whiskey after a while.
Regarding this question, I have some tiny pieces of stone, maybe 3/4"x3/4" cubic chaped, (perhaps marble, I don't know) which I cool in the freezer and then put in the glass.
Stone is good at keeping the cool (err, what a crappy sentence), and unlike ice it doesn't melt. One achieves the same effect as one would with ice although the whisky doesn't suffer from the ice melting.
However, generally I must say that I don't like cooling down my whisky, either with ice, stones or water.
It nums the whisky and makes it rather unpleasent to drink. Many of the flavours becomes almost unrecognisable and incapsulated.
But that's just my two cents...
There are a few whiskies on the market supposedly designed for cooling - 'laddie Rocks for one, but personally I still prefer to taste my dram at just below room temp. allowing the heat in my mouth to open up the flavour.
Crieftan wrote:There are a few whiskies on the market supposedly designed for cooling - 'laddie Rocks for one, but personally I still prefer to taste my dram at just below room temp. allowing the heat in my mouth to open up the flavour.
What is it about the design of Rocks that makes it especially suitable for cooling - or is this just hot air?
I personally never drink my whisky "on the rocks". As the ice melts I find the whisky to become watery and tasteless.
However, I don't blame anyone if they prefer their whisky with ice. As I visited Talisker a couple of years ago, one lady who worked there told me she always drank her whisky with ice , so I guess it's up to each person to decide. When it's hot I tend to drink something else than whisky, preferably beer.
Been enjoying whisky for two years now, since I was 20.
As for my signature, I suppose some members in here like France, weather they are french or feel a tiny bit french (some Quebec-based Canadians).
I'm quite a bit biased when it comes to this matter, since I personally find France bloody useless. I don't appreciate french food, culture, society,cognac, and my impression of the people is somewhat arrogant and nonchalant. A whole bunch of chevaliers. With that being said, don't let my opinion on France cloud your own jugdement.
I welcome you to the forum but I think you should alter the tag, if for no other reason than to be civil.
Typically I do not do this but when living in a very warm and humid climate like I was in Georgia (USA), and now Shanghai, it is a quite refreshing way to enjoy one of my preferred drinks on a hot day (not a big beer fan unfortunately), especially during a BBQ.
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