AndrewThomas wrote:One drop at a time?
The Third Dram wrote:AndrewThomas wrote:One drop at a time?
If I must, then this definitely seems the best approach.
Try dropping a very small amount of water into the middle of your glass and then immediately taking a sip. Next, swirl your glass to integrate water and spirit, and then take another sip. You'll probably be amazed at how these two ways of adding water lead to such different sensations.
That said Andrew, I think you may find over time that the high proof of many a spirit will bother you less and less.
For nosing a high proof whisk(e)y as it pours, try gently edging your nose over the rim of your glass toward the center of the glass rather than 'diving right into the deep end' of the glass. This strategy will enable you to sense a broader range of the scents while mitigating somewhat the numbing upsurge of the alcohol vapours.
As for sipping, try taking smaller sips and then swishing each one around your palate before swallowing.
Sort of a less is more way of going about things.
RogerB wrote:I usually let it sit for a little while, but never add water or ice(of course I have no issues with drinking George T. Stagg straight either). If you must add water, I'd get one of those eye droppers, so you can very precisely control just how much you're adding.
lockejn wrote:Or use a drinking straw. Similar results with something you probably already have around the house.
Megawatt wrote:Not to be critical but I think some people are a little too uptight about adding water, bordering on superstitious. I've heard people say that they won't drink a whisky below x strength. To each his own, but I think it puts a bit too much emphasis on alcohol content.
Almost any whisky can benefit from some water. And almost any whisky can be enjoyed neat. I will add water, or not, depending on my mood. Sometimes a single ice cube is the perfect thing. I put some water in a shot glass and pour a bit out of that. I seldom overpour. And if I add a half-ml. more than intended I probably don't notice too much.
AdamMY wrote:The thing is for it to legally be called Whisky it needs to be at least 40% abv. So in the end if you add water reducing it below that point, it is watered down Whisky. While I support people drinking what they like and liking what they drink, in my mind the alcohol content does not matter as long as you are enjoying it in proper moderation.
Megawatt wrote:You have a point, though I think when sitting down to enjoy a glass of whisky legal definitions should be the last thing on your mind. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a few extra percentage points make a superior product or that you are getting more for your money. But certainly when you add too much water and it tastes watered down, it is no good.
AndrewThomas wrote:My favorite Bourbon these days is Baker's. It's rich and chocolaty and a little spicy. There is however a catch: 107 proof. I usually drink it with water in a brandy snifter type glass and usually it's delicious. But sometimes there is a struggle...
With alcohol content that high, drinking it straight doesn't make too much sense. When your nose goes in the snifter instead of getting a concentrated dose of nose you get a burn and pretty much no flavor. However, if you add a drop too much of water, you find yourself with something lacking in body and taste.
What do the experts do? One drop at a time? Let it sit for a while so the AC evaporates out a little bit?
All the best,