francolagana wrote:However, to each his/her own. If you really enjoy it straight, have it straight. It's all about enjoyment. But for what I read here it doesn't seem to me that people who only drink it straight are really enjoying it, rather, it seems more like they are enduring the initial discomfort to comform to some principle.
francolagana wrote:But for what I read here it doesn't seem to me that people who only drink it straight are really enjoying it, rather, it seems more like they are enduring the initial discomfort to comform to some principle.
But for what I read here it doesn't seem to me that people who only drink it straight are really enjoying it, rather, it seems more like they are enduring the initial discomfort to comform to some principle
francolagana wrote:BTW, MrTattieHeid: You said:
"I used water because I found the drink too intense, but as I learned how to drink it, I found I didn't need water any more"
I would love to learn too:
What's the right way to drink straight whisky?
francolagana wrote:I was encouraged to try the water when I saw a piece on the news about a single malt distillery (don't remember the name) and at the end of the piece the distiller poured whisky for himself and the reporter, and immediately after pouring the whisky he also poured a pretty generous amount of water from a jar into both glasses.
MrTattieHeid wrote:Frodo, if that's how he likes it, it's perfectly good form! The blurb on a Rare Malts box suggests 2:1, water to whisky. I think it tastes awful that way, but obviously some people don't. (If I'd been the reporter, though, I'd have been miffed.)
whereas Herr Piet Piraat swears by that method
Most of this people have probably never experimented with dilluting their CS whisky's to various strenghts (of alcohol)
I did and it was a surprising experience (not always positive off course)
Glad to hear a validation of my own experience.
I have been experimenting this way for a couple of years, until I finally realized that there was no doubt: Having the whisky at full strength first, undermines the outcome of having it with water right after. The strong taste of the undiluted whisky, even if you don't find it pleasant, somewhat deadens your taste-buds to the more subtle taste of the same whisky with water added.
My own experience with Lagavulin 16 was very similar to yours: Had it straight first: not impressed, added water: uncertain. Next night started out with the water: loved it!
For all those who are against the water, all I'm saying here is that if you want to give the water a fair chance, contrary to the norm, you must start with water first, and have more than one sip that way before you have it straight, as the first sip merely prepares the palate.
You can't go wrong with this approach, if the watered whisky is not to your liking, the full strength liquor will be. The diluted whisky will not deaden your taste-buds to the taste of full strength, if anything, it will make it appear more intense.
And if you are afraid to end up with a half glass of watered down whisky that now you don't want to finish, don't use a glass, have a shot instead.
Some folks may be hesitant to give the water a fair chance because of the same reason I did, because they are afraid to miss out on something - If it tastes better watered down, why do they sell it at that strength? Aren't they risking rejection?
We all agree that there is no better or worse. The liquor that brings us here is a flavorful and complex drink that molds itself to the taste of the drinker. However, we've all had plenty of whisky at full strength, but some people here may not have given the water a fair chance.
I recently heard of "WhiskyFest, New York", which I missed. It's organized by Maltadvocate.com, and it sounds great. Anybody here attended this before?