Offering a single malt to guest....

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When offering a single malt to your guest, you:

Let them take it with ice (or however they want to taint their single malt)
Make them take it neat (or with a couple drops of water)
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Re: Offering a single malt to guest....

Postby woodhill » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:46 pm

Suprisingly I do get a lot of my friends who will say when I offer them a drink "oh don't give me anything expensive it's wasted on me".

(which is usually my cue to start pulling out the really good stuff and try to convert them)

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Re: Offering a single malt to guest....

Postby LeoDLion » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:46 pm

But this offering to a guest also works the other way around!

Specially true in the US, I was a guest on a party and the host ask me what I like to drink- choices were beer, wine, bourbon whisky and single malt. I noticed that he was drinking the whisky with several ice cubes. Now I have a dilemma. If I ask for auchenstoshan neat, he might think I am a whisky snob (like a lot of people here :D). So the most right thing to say is, whisky with one ice cube please. And after the first dram I usually get to pour my own so I can have it neat.

Now lets assume the host has a bar with a shelf full of single malt whiskies. I then assumed he must know his whisky. He offers me a glenffidich. I ask for a neat dram, the host breaks with a smile with the comment that I know how to drink whisky. Thats a good way of starting a conversation.

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Re: Offering a single malt to guest....

Postby Gearóidmuar » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:25 pm


I sometimes drink whisky and indeed whiskey neat, and used to always do so when younger, BUT I usually prefer it with ice. I seldom dilute with water.
50cc of whiskey, 3 ice cubes. That's the recipe. That maximises the flavour in my experience. I do so equally with Scotch and Irish. Paddy whiskey, a cheap Irish one is a little bit rough (like a Scotch) neat, but really improves with ice. The only Whiskey I've come across that I prefer neat is Midleton Very rare. This is a very subtly flavoured ultra-smooth expensive whiskey with a fantastic aftertaste. Even better than Laphroaig in that respect.
Whiskey is my main tipple and I probably drink 40 + bottles a year.
I'm no alkie however, being a very measured far!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Re: Offering a single malt to guest....

Postby Gov » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:04 pm

To each there own. The very first few drams I had, I put a couple of ice cubes in it. Then instead of ice, I switched to water. That didn't last long, then just a splash of water. Now, nothing. I feel as if I couldn't anymore as it would definate effect the taste to much. But, really whatever floats you boat I say!

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