If you look at the top of the forum index page, you will see a link for FAQs. Follow that, scroll down a way, and you will find a whole section on adding water to whisky. But I'll save you some trouble...the short answer is that you should put in as much water as seems right to you. You will find all kinds of recommendations--the blurb on the Rare Malts bottlings suggests two parts water to one of whisky, which everyone here thinks is insane--but the bottom line is that it is a matter of personal taste. When I started drinking malts, I watered all of them, cask strength or not, to cut the alcoholic burn. Now I very rarely water any whisky, even cask strength ones. Many folks will tell you that adding water will "open up" the whisky, particularly to the nose. To be honest, I still don't really know what that means. I only get dilution. But then again, I have no nose. ("How does he smell?" "Terrible!" Ha ha.) Some here have said that they dilute for nosing, but drink uncut. Experiment, a few drops at a time, and figure out for yourself what you like. After you've been doing this for a while and have settled into your own habits, shake yourself up and experiment again. Your perceptions will change a lot over time.
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