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Experiments with ice

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Do you ever add ice to any of your whiskies?

Sure, when I'm in the mood and the spirit's right.
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40%
Sometimes, but I'll never admit it.
3
10%
No. Never.
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27%
You should probably be shot for mentioning it.
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23%
 
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Experiments with ice

Postby PuckJunkie » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:48 am

On a lark, I tried several of my whiskies on the rocks this evening. Some are pretty good on ice. Some are average. Others... really should not be put on ice.

Rare Breed is so good I'm just going to finish the night with it. Definitely the winner; the spicy quality really comes through, and I usually put a touch of water in it anyway. Macallan 12 was the only other I tried that was very drinkable on ice. I feel bad for having wasted even the one ounce or so of the others. In general, sherried whiskies did well, oaky ones were average at best, and the one Islay I could bring myself to try was abysmal.

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Ice and whisky

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:53 am

Puck;
Yeah, when it's hot, I have been known, twice now, to put in ice and let it melt 1/2 way. Makes a lovely cooling and thirst quenching dram. Tried it with Balvenie 10 yo and a Glenfiddich 12 yo. Completely changes the character for me, as I generally dram neat or with a "mithers' tear" of aqua. Not bad, merely different.
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Postby Choochoo » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:36 pm

No ice in Single Malts for me, that just dosen't work to my tatse. I do put an ice cube or three into Bourbon, I very much enjoy that.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:11 pm

I'm surprised at the polling results. I'd have thought it would be heresy to drink Bruichladdich Rocks any other way -

it's what it was made for!
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Postby PuckJunkie » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:35 pm

I'm not surprised - this is a forum largely made up of people heavily into their malts, and there's no question that you get a better sense of the whisky without ice.

The problem I was running into wasn't the initial taste, especially with the Macallan 12 and the WT Rare Breed, which both worked really well on ice. The problem was fifteen minutes later when I was left with two wafer-sized ice cubes floating in whisky-flavored water. At that point, Macallan and Rare Breed taste remarkably similar to JW Red and Jim Beam, respectively. I suppose I'll have to be drinking faster next time.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:56 pm

You could put the whiskey in the freezer.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:57 pm

... still masks the flavour, though
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:20 pm

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Actually, I've drammed some Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 13 outside at -40 while BBQ'g (was it only last month? :D ) and the flavour was still there. It was a pleasant experience, if you're acclimatised to it. Musky Pete
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:08 am

Sometimes, but I'll never admit it.... oh crud the secret is now out...

I've only done it twice in about 4 years an both weree this month with bourbon in the sun on the advice of a few of our stateside cousins and I really enjoyed it.

Not tried it with Irish or Scotches yet :oops:
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:44 pm

It's too hot for ice, by the time I get it home from the shops it has melted!

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Postby Aidan » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:58 pm

I've had whisk(e)y with ice. Am I still allowed post on the board?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:31 am

Aidan wrote:I've had whisk(e)y with ice. Am I still allowed post on the board?


Only this one
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Postby bamber » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:34 am

Over the last few weeks we've had some hot weather and I've enjoyed many a whisk(e)y, with ice.

Sure it kills the nose dead. but some whisk(e)ys really change in flavour profile and it is nice to try them in another 'state'.

Ice - good for tasting, probably not. Good for drinking, definitely for a change.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:51 am

Aidan wrote:I've had whisk(e)y with ice. Am I still allowed post on the board?



We'll just give you the yellow card this time :wink:
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Postby Jan » Wed Jun 21, 2006 7:25 pm

Aidan wrote:I've had whisk(e)y with ice. Am I still allowed post on the board?


No, you should be punished! As a fine, you should right away send me your bottle of Ardbeg 1977, then you will be forgiven :wink:

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