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TurquoiseTastic

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Over the last year or so my digestive systems has been unhelpfully hinting that it is no longer prepared to deal with neat whisky. Shame!

I think it could still cope at a lower alcohol percentage. But what can you mix with malt whisky without causing generations of dedicated Scots distillers to turn in their collective graves?

What would shipmates recommend? Spring water? Something more exotic? Or should I just give my remaining bottles away to someone who can still enjoy them in the fashion that the Good Lord Intended?

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Brenda Clough
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Branch (spring) water is traditional. But surely it is possible to lower the dose? One glassful becomes a half, a half thinned down to a quarter.

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With some digestive issues it's the ABV that matters, not the total alcohol. Spring water is the only acceptable option.

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Solid water can also be acceptable (ice) though many of us don't like the cold. Another alternative is to have the water in another tumbler. Having a supper first is helpful to provide furnishing in the tum where conversations are made more gentle amid the tripes.

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Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:
Solid water can also be acceptable (ice) though many of us don't like the cold. Another alternative is to have the water in another tumbler. Having a supper first is helpful to provide furnishing in the tum where conversations are made more gentle amid the tripes.

Ice in decent whisky is an outrage! It not only suppresses the aroma (which may be desirable for North American whiskies) but according to an expert friend, it damages the molecular structure of a Scotch whisky that has taken years to evolve in the cask. I have to confess that my own tolerance has also become limited these days, but since my taste is for the peaty Islay malts, I will take a small dram, and will be content to inhale it for a long time before taking a sip, with the warmth of the hand helping to release the aroma. That wouldn't work so well with ice in it.

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Philip Charles

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I am happy to provide a solution by disposing of that nasty indigestible fluid for you.

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I currently have a bottle of cask strength, which needs a touch of water to release the flavour properly. I use ordinary tap water, but it is just a splash.

If you need more water than that (which I suspect you do), spring water it has to be. You need to simply dilute the whisky, without changing the flavour, so it has to be pure water. At room temperature, otherwise you might as well drink Bells.

And if you do need to get rid of some, please do let me know, as I would hate for it to go to waste. My guts are well and truly lined with all sorts, so something pure is a pleasure!

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Malt whisky is, as you say, best neat.

If you must, try adding a little water: room temperature, definitely not sparkling and never chilled. I'd advise against using either Malvern or Badoit because they have their own 'tang'.

Never, never, never put ice anywhere near a good single malt.

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People in frozen climes (-11°C here this morn) put frozen shards of water in, and let the ice slowly melt as the fire flickers behind, after coming in from the fading strands of sunset and northern lights just switching on. Experts tell me that this slow process of gentle temperature change nurses the molecules to sing hymns to smoke, peat and sometimes (eg, Laphroig) iodine.

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Brenda Clough
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It is moving, to see all the kindly SoF denizens who are stepping up to help consume the malt. We are one in the spirit!

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I am the Walrus. Did it taste like egg?

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quote:
Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:
Solid water can also be acceptable ...

No it can't. Heretick. [Devil]

According to a friend of ours who used to be the manager of the Highland Park distillery, the correct thing is to put a splash of spring water in a good malt (and Highland Park is most certainly a good malt).

He also said he would serve the 12-year-old (which was at the time the longest-aged whisky they made) in brandy-glasses as a post-prandial to people who preferred brandy and found that they rather enjoyed it.

Whether it would dilute it enough for TT's constitution to cope, I wouldn't know, but I'd say it was worth a try.

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Stercus Tauri
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I am the Walrus. Did it taste like egg?

A man whose soul has become so depraved will think nothing of committing blasphemy at least once a day.

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Thay haif said. Quhat say thay, Lat thame say (George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal)

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I sometimes commit blasphemy three times before breakfast. Before the cock crows.

Here's more depravity: Turning Japanese.

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Stercus Tauri
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quote:
Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:
I sometimes commit blasphemy three times before breakfast. Before the cock crows.

Here's more depravity: Turning Japanese.

Almost the definition of false religion - it doesn't matter how persuasive their prophets are. The most important ingredient of a Scotch whisky is Scotland itself. Every time your body is united with the sublime spirit, a little of Scotland becomes part of you - terribly important if you know and love the place. We could, of course, follow the process through to when your body has finished processing it, but that is unnecessary for the purpose of the present discussion.

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L'organist
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Whether or not your tripes can cope with a dram may also depend on the fieriness of the drink, and some distilleries produce a smoother product than others.

For preference I'd choose Edradour but if you're finding it all a bit harsh try to track down a malt from Auchentoshan: the whiskies from here are ultra-smooth because they are distilled more than once.

If its the smokiness of the malt that is getting to you, then you need the standard product from Bruichladdich which is unpeated.

Of course, there is fine whisky distilled in Wales...

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
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Here's more depravity: Turning Japanese.

I must admit that there are some very good Japanese whiskies. They're not very smoky or peaty, comparable to many Lowland malts, though the Yoichi from the Nikka distillary on Hokaido is more peaty and excellent.

Though having visited the Nikka distillary in Miyagi, near Sendai (I would love to get up to Hokaido one day) it lacks the charm of a Scottish distillary. A beautiful setting around a small lake, but it's a vast site producing whisky on an industrial scale (many Scottish distillaries would fit inside just one of their still houses). Whisky with a Japanese soul rather than a Scottish one.

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moonlitdoor
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I don't understand food and drink snobbery. If you still like it when mixed with something, then have it that way. If you don't, then give it away.

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John Holding

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quote:
Originally posted by L'organist:

Of course, there is fine whisky distilled in Wales...

There is indeed, very smooth and just a sense that honey was sitting on a shelf in the distillery.

Alas, it is not available in Canada, possibly only in Wales, although I was able to pick up a litre in the Duty Free shop at Heathrow a couple of years ago.

John

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