Summer dram

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Lone
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Summer dram

Postby Lone » Sun May 14, 2006 10:46 am

Hi all, I started collecting whisky in December of last year and bought some nice Ilays and Talisker since then. As the weather is getting warmer, I have experienced a slight taste change away from the Ilays I bought in the winter. I have recently bought a Highland Park 12 and a Bruichladdich 15 which are a little lighter but I'm still looking for a real summer dram. I was thinking about

Glenmorangie Celler 13
Balvanie Double Wood
(is the Laphroaig 1/4cask light enough?)

So the ultimate question:

What is your summer dram, and what would you recomend?

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Postby Dubois » Sun May 14, 2006 11:00 am

Two "summer-drams" :

Bruichladdich 10 Yrs
Dalwhinnie 15 Yrs

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Postby Frodo » Sun May 14, 2006 11:20 am

Glengoyne 10. Perhaps Auchantoshan 10 or one of the Balvenies...

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun May 14, 2006 4:37 pm

Any of a number of Bruichladdies; Scapa 14; Balvenie 15, anytime, anywhere.

I recently had a Douglas Laing Rosebank that I thought was a perfect summer dram.

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Postby Bullie » Sun May 14, 2006 6:38 pm

I would opt for a Bladnoch or a Bunnahabhain. Perhaps a Auchentoshan... And for sure the 10yo one.

As for the Balvenie DW, I'd drink that in front of a autumn campfire. Warm and spicy with that nice kind of sweetness that makes you feel that after winter there will be spring. Shoot your buck in September and celebrate it in BDW! :lol:

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Postby lexvo » Sun May 14, 2006 8:12 pm

For me, Glenmorangie 10 is a nice summer dram with its freshness and citrus/flower notes.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Sun May 14, 2006 8:57 pm

For me:
More or less any Rosebank or as previously mentioned; many of the Laddies.
WMD II Yellow Sub, Links IV Turnberry, or one of the standard ages.

WH

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Postby Admiral » Mon May 15, 2006 4:22 am

Hi Lone,

I wouldn't call the Laphroaig Quarter Cask "light". In fact the opposite is true.

Summer drams for me are Glen Moray NAS, Glen Garioch, and Glenlivet.

Cheers,
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Postby bond » Mon May 15, 2006 9:13 am

I would second the Glenmorangie.

Isle of Jura works pretty well for me too. And mind you, "summer" in my country is between 45-48 degrees centigrade.

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Postby robs42 » Mon May 15, 2006 1:02 pm

Rosebank F&F or the Douglas Laing bottling (which to my mind is better). Glenmornagie is OK as are Balvenie bottlings, but I'd go for Old Pulteney 12, Arran 10 or Tomintoul 16.

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Postby Alec » Mon May 15, 2006 4:34 pm

I'd recommend a Glen Elgin 12 Year Old.

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Postby BruceCrichton » Mon May 15, 2006 7:15 pm

I'd go for Scapa as well.

I G&M Scapa on a hot summer's day. I bought it later but was never as taken again when I had it later that autumn.

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Postby bamber » Mon May 15, 2006 8:13 pm

On hot days I sometimes like bourbon with a single ice cube or perhaps a robust blend like JW black with ice.

Had a Wild Turkey 12yo with a single cube of ice in the garden on Saturday and it was really delicious.

Apologies if my wanton use of ice offends :)

Single malts and hot weather is a bit of a quandary for me, but I do do it and do not really have a regional preference. Last summer I left some Ardbeg 10yo in the glove compartment of a friends car, whilst driving through Spain. The whisky must have been literally 50 degrees celsius or more, yet it was very tasty indeed and did not last long :D

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Postby parvus » Mon May 15, 2006 9:14 pm

Alec wrote:I'd recommend a Glen Elgin 12 Year Old.


This was my prefered summer dram, the fruity apricots, the wonderful malty finish, good sun whisky.

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Postby Mr Ellen » Mon May 15, 2006 9:19 pm

I guess you could easily make a very long list of the perfect summer drams. I agree with many of the above mentioned ones; Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Dalwhinnie, Glen Moray, Glengoyne, Glenlivet, Rosebank, Scapa are all very light and refreshing and make a good choice during the warm summer months.

I would like to add to that list:
Aultmore 12y. Flora & Fauna - Smooth, flowery, light & fruity.
Balblair 10y. - Light, fruity.
Cardhu 12y. - Easy drinkable anytime.
Glenkinchie 10y. - Light, lemony and a little spicy. Complex.
Knockando 12y. - Light and very fruity. Delicious.
Linkwood 12y. Flora & Fauna - Flowery and fresh.
Old Pulteney 12y. - Light with honey & nuts.
Royal Brackla - Specially the expressions from Murray McDavid & Rare Malt with their light melony, fruity touch.
Tomintoul 16y. - Sooo delicious with a truly outstanding nose.

I guess there are many more to be mentioned but these spring to mind without a doubt. My personal favourites during the summer include Bruichladdich (any expression will do), Dalwhinnie 15y., Glengoyne 10y. and Scapa 14y.

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Postby Frodo » Mon May 15, 2006 9:24 pm

For some reason, summer means bourbon to me. Not sure why, but I do slow down on the malts (evenings only).

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Postby Lawrence » Tue May 16, 2006 2:07 am

but I do slow down on the malts (evenings only).


Glad to hear your drinking during the rest of the day remains the same. I look forward to reading your tasting notes. :shock:

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Postby bond » Tue May 16, 2006 8:05 am

Frodo wrote:For some reason, summer means bourbon to me. Not sure why, but I do slow down on the malts (evenings only).


I drink a lot of bourbon in summers too. I don't mind my bourbon with loads of ice and hence the preference.

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Postby hpulley » Tue May 16, 2006 11:47 am

Usually I say Bladnoch and Rosebank but Ardbeg 17yo is nice and often even the 10yo, just depends! Ardmore and Glengarioch are fine anytime tool. I prefer Laphroaig in the winter.

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Postby Frodo » Tue May 16, 2006 12:53 pm

Lawrence wrote:Glad to hear your drinking during the rest of the day remains the same. I look forward to reading your tasting notes. :shock:


What I mean is, The summer day heat is too much for me to dram in. Best leave it to the evenings, or relax with a beer during the afternoon - although I rarely drink beer anymore.

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Postby Cam » Tue May 16, 2006 9:35 pm

Drinking whisky on a hot sunny afternoon just doesn't appeal that much to me. Now, after dinner, sitting on the patio, that's different. I would enjoy:
Dalwhinnie 15yo
Glenfiddich Special Reserve

And one that I have just tried, Tamnavulin 12yo.

Will have to try a bourbon on ice myself.

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Postby Choochoo » Wed May 17, 2006 2:24 pm

In hot summer weather I go with some Rum over a little ice. I'd also enjoy a lowlander at times during the evening. Drinks with lower ABV, ones that are at 40% seem to be more enjoyable in the heat.

I also get some big storms during the summer when fronts crash into each other casuing heavy rains, high winds & lots of lightning. During those storms I might break out a Bunnahabhain 12 or even a slightly heavier malt.

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Postby Skauge » Fri May 19, 2006 9:04 am

I would go for something from the lowlands. A Bladnoch, I think, would be the perfect summer dram for late evenings.

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Fri May 19, 2006 10:39 am

Dalwhinnie 15yo
Glenfiddich 12yo
Connemara NAS

all great easy drinking malts but at the end of the anything will do me anywhere :wink:


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