Rare Breed is so good I'm just going to finish the night with it. Definitely the winner; the spicy quality really comes through, and I usually put a touch of water in it anyway. Macallan 12 was the only other I tried that was very drinkable on ice. I feel bad for having wasted even the one ounce or so of the others. In general, sherried whiskies did well, oaky ones were average at best, and the one Islay I could bring myself to try was abysmal.
Yeah, when it's hot, I have been known, twice now, to put in ice and let it melt 1/2 way. Makes a lovely cooling and thirst quenching dram. Tried it with Balvenie 10 yo and a Glenfiddich 12 yo. Completely changes the character for me, as I generally dram neat or with a "mithers' tear" of aqua. Not bad, merely different.
The problem I was running into wasn't the initial taste, especially with the Macallan 12 and the WT Rare Breed, which both worked really well on ice. The problem was fifteen minutes later when I was left with two wafer-sized ice cubes floating in whisky-flavored water. At that point, Macallan and Rare Breed taste remarkably similar to JW Red and Jim Beam, respectively. I suppose I'll have to be drinking faster next time.
Actually, I've drammed some Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 13 outside at -40 while BBQ'g (was it only last month? ) and the flavour was still there. It was a pleasant experience, if you're acclimatised to it. Musky Pete
Sure it kills the nose dead. but some whisk(e)ys really change in flavour profile and it is nice to try them in another 'state'.
Ice - good for tasting, probably not. Good for drinking, definitely for a change.
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