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Worm in your whisky?

Postby LeoDLion » Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:28 pm

I have a bad cold right now and a strange thought entered my mind. There is a mexican drink, the type of which I dont recall but could be rhum, or brandy or tequila. But the uniqueness of this bottle is that there is a worm inside! Have anybody come across this bottle?

When I had a drink from this bottle, what I remember is that there is a slight smoky taste to it. And I believe this is due to the worm. And here comes my idea. Why not try it on a single malt whisky? So, next visit to Specs, I will get that bottle and try it on a bottle of auchantosean and see what happens.

(The worm taste good too.)
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:20 pm

Three of the distilleries that I have visited have used worms as they think they enhance the flavour of whisky - Talisker, Speyburn and Edradour. Talisker is unique in the whisky world for using hot worms.
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby kildalton » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:33 pm

Really these distilleries use worms? :shock:
In which stage of production?
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Iain » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:13 pm

kildalton wrote:Really these distilleries use worms? :shock:


Large tubs of them!
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Ganga » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:19 pm

Leo,

You were likely having a Mezcal and the smokiness would be due to the baking of the pina. Yes, I used to be on the wall at Tortilla Flats for having "ate the worm".
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:01 pm

kildalton wrote:Really these distilleries use worms? :shock:
In which stage of production?

Straight after distillation and before casking.
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:03 pm

Nick Brown wrote:
kildalton wrote:Really these distilleries use worms? :shock:
In which stage of production?

Straight after distillation and before casking.

No edit button! I should have added that Talisker keep quite quiet about their worms and I only got to see them because I was on a private tour. In fact, I even touched them - ew!
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby woodhill » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:14 am

How or What do they use them for???
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby woodhill » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:17 am

Worm
A long, coiled copper tube, attached to the lyne arm of the pot still, and fitted into a large wooden vat filled with cold water, known as a worm tub. Before the introduction of 'shell and tube' condensers, the worm tub was the only means of condensing alcohol vapour back into liquid form. A number of distilleries continue to use worm tubs, as experts insist that the character of whisky made using a worm tub differs significantly from that cooled in a modern condenser.


Is this what you mean ................I hope so
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:29 am

Ha ha!! Worms, sure, would probably help sell more whisky. Let's just keep the worms in the bad tequila as novelty for the tourists.
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:50 am

woodhill wrote:
Worm
A long, coiled copper tube, attached to the lyne arm of the pot still, and fitted into a large wooden vat filled with cold water, known as a worm tub. Before the introduction of 'shell and tube' condensers, the worm tub was the only means of condensing alcohol vapour back into liquid form. A number of distilleries continue to use worm tubs, as experts insist that the character of whisky made using a worm tub differs significantly from that cooled in a modern condenser.


Is this what you mean ................I hope so

Almost - except at Talisker the worms are kept in hot water, not cold. This is unique AFAIK.
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:23 pm

Nick is playing with you guys ..... the worms he is refering it the worm condensers

Nice one nick :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:25 pm

Yes, nice one Nick! Got me too at first, but then I went along with it. Ha ha, good laugh!
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Re: Worm in your whisky?

Postby Ganga » Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:45 pm

And here, I thought Nick was pouring...oh never mind.
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