I have personally never added anything, not even the slightest bit afraid it will ruin the experience for me.
But some people swear by it.
If you add drops of water, what type of water do you use?
A friend of mine suggested and swears by adding Fiji water.
What's everyone thoughts?
Someone with more experience about amounts of water will be along shortly - maybe.
I have tried adding a few drops, on occasion, to see if it would make a difference. Every time, I've either not detected a difference, or it had a negative effect. I've always used either tap water or run-of-the-mill (bottling plant?) bottled water. Be careful of tap water - some of it can have quite strong flavors and aromas. My town's water is heavily chlorinated, for example.
For enjoyment do whatever you want, add ice/water/coke/juice/puppies it is irrelevant. You should drink whatever tastes best to you.
But that being said when you get to Cask Strength products they can occasionally be incredibly overpowering. That being said they are often more enjoyable when enjoyed naturally, but sometimes when getting to know them it can be much more enjoyable to dilute them a bit. That being said I now have little issue drinking stuff at 55% or so, but one thing I have at 60% can still be incredibly overwhelming, though exceedingly delicious.
If I do add water, I add tap water, that I have tried to let rest for awhile both to come up to room temp and loose some of the chlorine.
Adding water is strictly for evaluation of the whisky.
Well that's kinda what I've assumed. They say that water "opens up the flavors and aromas". I've never been certain what that meant, but guessed that adding water dilutes the whisky enough, that the individual elements are easier to discern.
Nosing high proof liquor deadens the smell receptors in your nose rendering them much less effective at isolating individual aroma characteristics.
That's good to know too. Thanks!
http://blog.khymos.org/2007/06/03/new-p ... and-water/
I never add anything to Highland Park 12, 15, 18 or 25.
But, I always add a little to Cragganmore 12, Glenlivet 18 and some cask strength bottlings of other distilleries.
Why? I find a little water can make the flavor profile more nuanced, complex if you will. Of course, purely subjective, but for me it is a must with certain malts.
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