For the sake of argument lets say 50ml of single malt,some would add a few drops others a splash.
How much is a few drops,how much is a splash?
(in ml please)and how much do you use?
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Adding water is a personal preference. I rarely add water, except to cask strenght whisky. However, my advice is to start with a few mls and continue to add until you think it is right - a lot of people go as high as halfing the alcohol, but if you go to far and "drown" it, then there is no coming back - unless you add more whisky, then more water, then more whisky, etc
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I just add a few drops, and it depends when it's cask strength or not, the I use some more water. Like all the others said it's just on personal preferences. Maybe it's good to start with a few drops of water(might be handy to use a dispenser), and later on maybe some more drops of water. I personal think about cask strength whiskies is that they can reveal their secrets drop after drop of water, and the good thing about that is, that you can adjust the strength to your own taste at that particular moment.
P.S. This really only refers to scotch: I don't think bourbon really goes with water at all, unless it's something like one of the cask-strength Wild Turkeys or the Cadenheads cask-strength bottlings. And I've never drunk Irish any way other than straight.
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It then depends on the whisky. I have had cask strength at 60% which after only about a tenth watered totally closes down. However I had the other week a young cask strength Rosebank, this was actually at its best at 50/50!!!
I say, don't listen to anyone or anything but your tastebuds. Whatever floats your boat....
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And for those that wonder, I usually try to add water till the aclohol is down to about 30%. I found that at this level it doesnt really numb the tongue anymore, and the malt will really come 'to life'.
Nikwik, you are absolutely right. It not should matter how, it more depends on the methode you prefer.
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