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What do you guys use to clean your palette?

Postby Thesh » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:12 pm

Bread? Crackers? Water? Beer?

If I'm sipping whisk(e)y I like to sip a glass of water at room temperature after every sip. I first drank refrigerated water, but it seems to numb my taste buds.
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Postby peergynt323 » Fri Jan 12, 2007 10:52 pm

I always fill the glass with room temperature water and drink it before pouring another dram. I rarely do two in a row of the same whisky.

I think it's more important to cleanse your palate with wine, although I don't do that either.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:02 am

Room temperature water, and after a few whiskies tasted, neutral white bread.
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Postby Paul A Jellis » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:49 am

I use water and oat cakes, you can also clear your nose (not in that sense!) by holding your nose over the water and breathing in as deeply as you can through your nose.

You will then be able to carry on and 'nose' your next whisky.
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Postby vitara7 » Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:11 am

again, as folk have said beofre, water, but i like it a few degress above room temp, just own preferance as i have sensitive teeth... i know, what a fairy....
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Postby Nock » Sat Jan 13, 2007 2:51 am

I find it best to clean my nose (not my my palette) by smelling some fresh ground coffee beans. I will also drink some room temperature water.

But when I am doing a comparison between different single malts I find that the smell of coffee does more then anything else to bring my senses back to 0.

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Postby Lawrence » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:18 am

Water is best for me but not chilled which dulls the taste buds for a time. A few sniffs of a still glass of water will accomplish much the same as coffee beans although they both work equally well.
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Postby Di Blasi » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:24 am

Nock wrote:I find it best to clean my nose (not my my palette) by smelling some fresh ground coffee beans. I will also drink some room temperature water.

But when I am doing a comparison between different single malts I find that the smell of coffee does more then anything else to bring my senses back to 0.

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Yes, I use coffee too for my nose! But I'll have to try Paul A Jellis's method, "you can also clear your nose (not in that sense!) by holding your nose over the water and breathing in as deeply as you can through your nose."
For my palette, either water or dark chocolate, 100% cocoa!
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Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:57 am

I prefer clean, clear tap water from Lake of the Woods. It cleanses the palate very well for the next tasting and inhaling above the glass seems to help "reset" the nasal sensors. I've used distilled water but prefer that from the tap.

I've tried the oat cakes/dry bread routine with mixed results but for me tap water works best. I'd like to try it with the same distillery water that's been used to make the whisky someday, but that's not a viable possibility at present.

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(Edit: we had used bread to cleanse until apprised that bread has similar ingrediants to whisky and doesn't truly clean the palate. MP)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:02 am

Lots of room temperature water and plain, white bread.

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Postby les taylor » Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:54 am

Chilled water for me. Its also refreshing.



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Postby Sherried Malt » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:28 pm

Chilled Perrier or the like works best for me. Much better than still...
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Postby heatmiser » Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:20 pm

To clear my palate I like eating tortilla chips and really hot salsa followed by large quantities of Coca-Cola. Seriously, room temp water works best for me.
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Postby Ann-Helen » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:13 pm

coffee
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Postby Mustardhead » Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:57 pm

Earl Grey tea, cool or room temperature water, Rakusen's biscuits, Ryvita, anything as long as I can't taste anything odd whan I take a sip of water before pouring some whisky.

But mostly I just enjoy having a glass of Scotch, a glass of water and a cup of tea all at once :)
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:56 am

Black coffee or espresso works for me.
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Postby TheLaddie » Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:38 am

Laproaig
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Postby Deactivated Member » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:16 am

Never bother, unless you count beer.
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Postby Mr Fjeld » Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:22 am

Champagne! - just kidding of course.
I fill my Glencairn with water and drink it between drams. Not to cleanse the palate but to avoid getting drunk and in order to "rinse" the glass. I'm not concerned with my palate and I sometimes enjoy the effect the whiskies have on eachother.
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Postby EdipisReks » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:28 am

a cigarette. ;)
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Postby duckmcf » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:07 am

Ardbeg 10yo ;-)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:35 am

Now that I think of it, I do brush my teeth now and then. PeroxiCare plays heck with Ardbeg, I'll tell you.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Jan 16, 2007 11:56 am

Just a small bit of water if I'm tasting quickly after the previous dram. Other wise I just sit back and relax and leave the next dram sit and warm before I go at it, by which time my taste buds have recovered from the previous dram.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:19 pm

Anyone have thoughts on using dark chocolate? I tried it at Whisky Live but wasn't sure about it. It just seemed wrong.
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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:22 pm

Nick Brown wrote:Anyone have thoughts on using dark chocolate? I tried it at Whisky Live but wasn't sure about it. It just seemed wrong.


I can't get that either. I actually like eating chocolate with some whiskies if the penchant takes me but to clean your palate does not really work for me. I always just have the taste of chocolate in my mouth for ages after. :roll:
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:59 pm

Oatcakes are good for me along with some cool water.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:04 pm

I use oatcakes and water but I do wonder whether this leads to more perception of toasty, biscuity flavours as the night wears on. The dark chocolate didn't leave much of an aftertaste, but I wonder whether the oils get in the way of whisky.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:28 pm

Crieftan wrote:Oatcakes are good for me along with some cool water.


Is Perrier cool enough for you? 8)
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Postby Bob & Jill » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:25 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the recent post "Matching malts" where we have the argument for NOT cleansing your palate. I typically drink two different whiskys during an evening session by the fire. Usually the first is a non-, or lightly, peated scotch. Following this, I go to a peated scotch and, for me, and for Jill, and apparently for a few others, we experience enhanced complexity. Then moving from, say, Ardbeg to perhaps Highland Park there is often (not always) an enhancement of flavours--never a diminution. So then, what I "cleanse" my palate with is scotch.

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Jan 16, 2007 3:48 pm

Hi Bob, I like to follow my malts with others like you do also. Yes you do get certian interesting profiles after the pervious malt. However I do not consiously do this but it is great when it works.

I think in relation to cleansing ones palate though that that is specifically for getting the unadulterated taste of the next malt by banishing the previous taste.

To be quite honest I'm not overly fussed about oat cakes either ... like chewing chipwood :lol:

Each to his own
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Postby Bulkington » Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:37 pm

spelt sesame sticks....
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Postby Dan G » Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:50 pm

Mr Fjeld wrote:Champagne! - just kidding of course.
Actually, it may be one of the best palate cleansers there is. Just before xmas, I was at a walk-about tasting at my local liquor store, and invite only event for regular customers. There were a few whiskys and about 30 wines being poured. After about every third taste, I would head back to the table which was sampling champagne, because it refreshed my taste buds (especially after a few big oaky red wines).
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What do you guys use to clean your palette?

Postby Danny » Fri Jan 19, 2007 11:32 pm

Whisky works well for me, although a Laphroaig cleansing always has my Auchentoshan tasting somewhat peaty. :wink:

Bottled water, room temperature or an unsalted cracker.
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Well, hello there!

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:14 am

Bob & Jill wrote:I'm surprised no one has mentioned the recent post "Matching malts" .... So then, what I "cleanse" my palate with is scotch.Bob

Bob and Jill:
Where have you been? I know it's too cold for a canoe trip, anywhere interesting? Welcome back to the forums.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:11 am

Linseed oil.
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