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Microwaved Whisky !!

Postby bamber » Sun Feb 20, 2005 3:39 pm

Because I am lazy and inpatient, I have been known to expose whisky to a 7 second burst in the microwave, to warm it slightly. It really does not seem to work the same way as hand warming, however. It seems thinner somehow. Anyway don't do it :)
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Postby Ed » Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:13 pm

Hello Bamber,
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If you must be impatient try warming your glass under hot tap water.
Just a thought.
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Postby bamber » Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:14 pm

Don't worry - I always coat the glass in aluminium foil first ;)
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Postby bamber » Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:15 pm

Hi Ed,

Ed wrote:Hello Bamber,
:shock:
If you must be impatient try warming your glass under hot tap water.
Just a thought.
Ed


Good idea 8)
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Postby rthomson » Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:09 pm

bamber wrote:Don't worry - I always coat the glass in aluminium foil first ;)


Now, wait a minute. Are you pulling our collective legs here just a bit? If so, I salute you- you certainly elicited a gasp from me with your original posting :wink:

If not, I suggest you do return to the tried and true methods of warming in the hand or a splash of warm water over the glass.

Not that the topic of accelerated warming of whisky is without merit. I often take my drams to the office in my house. Potentially, I could run an infra-red connection from a warming plate to my pc. A motion sensor, triggered by placing a glencairn glass on the plate, would instruct the pc to remotely start the warming. An internal temperature gauge would turn off the plate as the bottom of the glass reached a pre-set temperature.

Hmmmmmm-

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Postby bamber » Sun Feb 20, 2005 7:24 pm

Hip flasks are good. The metal allows quick transmission of body heat into the target whisky. If it's not warm enough just pop it into the microwave :D OK I'll stop now ;)

BTW I was serious in the original post (ok I tried it once)!!
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:53 am

Interesting! I've seen people do this with brandy and wine (not the microwave) but never done it myself. Not because of "snobbery" but more because I don't like wine/brandy/whisky to be so warm in temperature. Unfortunately the average temperature in a house in Norway is around 25 degrees Celsius and thus far too hot for wine at least. No need to warm your wine/brandy/whisky as it only takes a couple of minuttes to reach "living room" temperature anyway!

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Postby bjorn » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:51 am

actually i tried heating a ceramic mug in the microwave and then pouring the whisky into the mug. worked pretty good
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Postby Badmonkey » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:51 am

After a short burst in the microwave oven, have you ever sampled the dram side by side with the same whisky heated by other means? If yes, did you notice any difference in flavour?
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You need snow to try this

Postby Muskrat Portage » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:33 am

Bamber:
If you're going to warm it in a microwave (even only once) try chilling it in a snow drift. A'bunadh crisps up nicely at -42 below. Musky P.
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Re: You need snow to try this

Postby Aidan » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:07 am

I like to heat whisky in the microwave, with a little potassium nitrate, sulphur and carbon cocktail. Works just a treat.
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Postby bamber » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:45 am

I was at the microwaving last night - not Aidan's gunpowder cocktail, but a little Glengoyne 17yo.

Weird, about 2.5 seconds and it seemed to spoil the whisky in some way.

Super chilled Aberlour CS sounds pretty good to me :)
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Postby Iain » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:29 am

On cold days, I often place the bottle in my armpit to warm it up. 5-10 minutes usually gets the whisky to a suitable quaffing temperature.

Oxter Heating works for British beers too.
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Postby parvus » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:47 am

I think the idea of microwaving whisky is quite odd, I understand wanting to slowly warm it up a few degrees by hand, but heating whisky that rapidly just drives the flavour out in a forcefull manor, and that can't be good.

The idea of someone holding their whisky bottle under their armpit for 5-10 minutes is quite hilarious, no wonder people think whisky drinkers are insane.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Mar 02, 2006 11:56 am

What I do is pour a glass and let it slowly warm a good 2 feet from the fire. So I pour my self another while I'm waiting :wink:
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:06 am

Another good way to warm your whisky, on the cold winter nights that we are having at the moment, is to set fire to it, in other words - flambe. But, make sure you extinguish the flames before all the alcohol is burnt off!

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Postby Iain » Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:01 am

Better still, Paul, you can rest the whisky bottle on your hot water bottle for a few minutes.

However, be very careful, as a cork malfunction can have dire consequence for the duvet :oops:

Flambeing should never be attempted in conjunction with the Oxter method, of course. :D
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:07 pm

It was also suggested, during a heated debate at Whisky Live, that we keep our bottles in an airing cupboard. Seemed to make sense at the time!

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