I have however discovered that the whisky usually tastes much better if left to rest in a bottle for at least a week. Does anybody else have the same experience?
I conclude from your name that are from Sweden. I think that in Sweden it is same as in Finland where I live, you can buy domestic spring water from the shops. That is very reasonable way to dilute your whisky. I wouldn't bother to order from Internet water from Scotland (sorry scots ). Although, the tap water in most parts of the Finland is spring water, I usually dilute with the tap water anyway. And In big cities the filtering is nowadays so good, that I can't find/taste that much differencies between tap water of big city or smaller places.
Breathing is good for most of the whiskies, but for instance, IMO, Lagavulin 16 got worse after one month.
I didn't quite get the comment about resting the whisky in a bottle - is that after diluting? I've never tried that, but I do get the impression that when diluting in a glass, the water seems to bring out the aromas strongly but dissipate them quickly too, so you should finish the glass reasonably quickly. Not that that is usually a problem...
The only problem I have with using tap water is that hopefully you dont take your whiskey glass, turn on the faucet, and put the glass over the tap. How about using a dropper? No, I find those kind of 'too much work'. Thats why I prefer my whiskey neat from the bottle even at cask strength.
Neat from the bottle is OK for really bad whisky which you don't want to smell, but on the whole I prefer it via a glass.... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Perhaps you misunderstood me. I dont mean when I said "Neat from the bottle" that I chug directly from the bottle. And I dont drink bad whiskey either.
And I also was in India recently and brought back two bottles of the McDowell's he was talking about. I have to say however that I find that whiskey pretty good.
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