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Abunadh: how do you drink it?

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Water or not?

Poll ended at Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:04 pm

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Add a drop of water
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Total votes : 40

Abunadh: how do you drink it?

Postby Lugarteniente » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:04 pm

Diluted or not diluted :roll:
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Postby Mustardhead » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:09 pm

I find it better without water. I have tried it with a drop but it doesn't seem to improve it so I'll levae it as it is in future :)

Which reminds me, time to open a bottle of Batch 17 to find out what it's like.
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Postby Bullie » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:12 pm

Earlier batches I was careful in using water, but since batch 15 I dilute it quite heavily. :D
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:22 pm

I haven't tried an extensive number of these, but I did try water in an earlier one and preferred it wothout. Since then, always without water.

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Postby vitara7 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:27 pm

without
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Postby Dubois » Sat Jan 20, 2007 8:33 pm

No water, thanks.
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Postby peergynt323 » Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:34 pm

5 to 1 as usual. No option for that one. :roll:
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:01 pm

Lugarteniente
Full strength, no dilution, numbs the tongue by the second sip. Love it! :D
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Postby Wave » Sat Jan 20, 2007 11:13 pm

I think water even a just a drop or two mucks up any sherry casked whisky and the A'bunadh is so smooth even at 120 proof +/- it just doesn't need it. :D


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Postby jimidrammer » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:54 pm

Currently have an older batch #11 open and it seemed a little syrupy, so I added some water last night. The nose exploded with new aromas, but the taste was hurt by the H2O. Maybe just a drop or two next time. I've been experimenting with proper water dilution for each style lately. They are all so different in what amount is best that I've had to amend my notes to keep up. So I voted to dilute because I like to see the results, but I generally drink without it.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jan 22, 2007 2:30 pm

I drink it as it comes .... I don't think it needs any water what so ever.
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Postby BubbaC » Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:38 pm

The first time I tried it, I added a drop or two of water... but it really didn't seem to need it. Although, perhaps I should start cutting it with water again cause it seems to be disappearing rather quickly.
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Postby les taylor » Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:53 pm

You're not going to like this guys and I'm very sorry and this is a really terrible confession. I like to take mine with one ice cube, and i drink it before the cube has melted. Sorry.

We are all different. I'm afraid.

:)
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Postby peergynt323 » Tue Jan 23, 2007 12:59 am

:evil: :evil: :evil:

Time to unleash the wrath of everything evil on LES TAYLOR!!!!!!!!

:evil: :evil: :evil:

Just kidding. I can see a dessert dram being taken cold. It's a waste to drink Sauternes warm.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:14 am

If they'd meant for it to be drunk diluted, they'd have sold it to you with water installed!
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Postby Mustardhead » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:16 am

les taylor wrote:I like to take mine with one ice cube, and i drink it before the cube has melted. Sorry.


Pervert! Heretic! :P

Well okay, if it is a better experience for you, that's the way to take it!
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Postby peergynt323 » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:27 am

TNbourbon wrote:If they'd meant for it to be drunk diluted, they'd have sold it to you with water installed!


I've heard this argument a lot, and I think the best way to refute it is that it says right on the box to dilute it.

I buy cask strengths because:

1) More bang for your buck
2) Unchillfiltered and often uncolored
3) Almost always better casks
4) Less susceptible to oxidation (!)
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Postby Les Paul » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:36 am

neat.

no ice, no water, no bullshyt. how i drink all my scotch.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:43 am

les taylor wrote:You're not going to like this guys and I'm very sorry and this is a really terrible confession. I like to take mine with one ice cube, and i drink it before the cube has melted. Sorry.

We are all different. I'm afraid.

:)


That...that almost sounds like a good idea. :shock:

I'm going to go lie down.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 23, 2007 5:16 am

peergynt323 wrote:
TNbourbon wrote:If they'd meant for it to be drunk diluted, they'd have sold it to you with water installed!


I've heard this argument a lot, and I think the best way to refute it is that it says right on the box to dilute it...


Yeah, I knew that :D -- I was being dramatic for effect! Besides, a 'dash of water', which is what's recommended, ain't gonna do much for 60% abv whisky -- unless your dashes are bigger than mine.
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Postby les taylor » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:04 am

les taylor wrote:
I like to take mine with one ice cube, and i drink it before the cube has melted. Sorry.


Pervert! Heretic!

Time to unleash the wrath of everything evil on LES TAYLOR!!!!!!!!

That...that almost sounds like a good idea.

I'm going to go lie down.

Just three of the reactions to my comments I'm lying low hiding behind the sofa.
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Postby GreyArea » Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:08 pm

I've tried all ways - neat, with a water and even with ice.

I will say that it's very nice over ice in summer, provided you don't use too much ice. The melting ice changes the character with every sip.

Neat it's a powerful, almost harsh (to my taste buds) dram. Definitely one to sip slowly.

Generally though I have it with just a wee drop of water - not much but a drop. Took me a while to find out just how much to add and, oddly, wasn't too keen on it before I found the Magic Amount.
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Postby ryoma » Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:30 pm

Especially the abunadh is just perfect to drink neat! I love this sherry stuff!
BTW just had one last evening... :wink:
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Postby Choochoo » Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:55 pm

Depends on my mood, but I'd say I drink it neat about half the time, and with a drop or two of water the other half. Without water it has a bold burn to it, with water it has a smoother taste, but still rich in flavor.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:35 pm

I used to take it with a drop of water but now go commando. I find that, as with all cask strengths, holding it in the mouth for 20 seconds seems to calm the mouth down, allowing a second tatste to be more rewarding. Something to do with saliva production I suspect!
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Postby EdipisReks » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:46 pm

Crieftan wrote:I used to take it with a drop of water but now go commando. I find that, as with all cask strengths, holding it in the mouth for 20 seconds seems to calm the mouth down, allowing a second tatste to be more rewarding. Something to do with saliva production I suspect!


i have experienced the same thing with cask strength whiskies.
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Postby Reggaeblues » Tue Jan 23, 2007 9:39 pm

"Depends on my mood, but I'd say I drink it neat about half the time, and with a drop or two of water the other half."

that's it for me too. If it comes at the end of a dramming night, neat it is. If nearer the beginning, a "splash" helps...and this whisky, certainly batch 16 which I currently have, can take it.

wonderful stuff!
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Postby Nock » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:47 am

Well after hearing all the praise for this expression I picked up a bottle of batch #16.

Well . . . I really don't care for it neat.

I am actually with les taylor on this on
But where he likes one ice cube
I like 3 :shock: :oops:

I think I just don't care for (or understand) this malt.

HOWEVER, I have recently tried Glenfarclas 105
and that is going to be my next sherry monster purchase
and yes, it is a malt that will be enjoyed neat. :wink:

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Postby les taylor » Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:16 am

Crieftain wrote:-

I used to take it with a drop of water but now go commando.

Crieftain how does drinking Abunadh with no pants on affect the whisky?


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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:47 pm

les taylor wrote:Crieftain wrote:-

I used to take it with a drop of water but now go commando.

Crieftain how does drinking Abunadh with no pants on affect the whisky?


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It just adds to the whole experience. :lol:
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Postby les taylor » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:17 pm

I guess the air reacts more freely with the spirit.


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Postby fishboy » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:29 pm

I drink it without water, but I do (usually) wear pants. Each to their own I guess!

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Postby Reggaeblues » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:30 pm

Nock says:

"I think I just don't care for (or understand) this malt.

HOWEVER, I have recently tried Glenfarclas 105
and that is going to be my next sherry monster purchase
and yes, it is a malt that will be enjoyed neat. "

Funny, I tried the 105 and found it a bit TOO sweet, unsubtle, compared to the Aberlour!

To each his own. with or without pants.

As Bon Jovi said "We gotta hold on to what we got. It doesn't really matter if we're naked or not."
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Thu Jan 25, 2007 6:02 pm

Either, just depends on mood or when I'm drinking it, if it's before a meal as an aperitif then with a drop of water, if after I'd drink it neat.
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Postby rthomson » Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:57 pm

When I have it neat I find the sherry a bit strong for my taste buds and I can't pick up on anything else. A few drops of water helps to dilute that sherry and I get a better sense of the underlying whisky. It's a great dram.

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