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09-06-2013 02:17 PM
Nivek
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Originally Posted by neni View Post
To put ice in a whiskey (Irish) or whisky (Scotland) is a no go! Seriously! It’s like putting a red wine in the fridge or warm wax on a bomber on a -20°C day. By cooling it down, you lose the subtle tastes. If the whisky is too strong (especially with cask strength ones), dilute it with a bit of water, preferentially softened water, since hard water will modify the taste .

There are hundreds of different single malt Scotch with thousands of different tastes. To generalize “they all taste like xy” is rude. You’ve got so many colors, depending on the distillery, the years they were stored, in which cask, how they were bottled, ad infinitum. Yes, there are some Scotch that are rough and come close to mouth numbing turpentine some Laphroaig for example smell and taste of medicine cabinet (iodine) and fishing boat (salty, seaweed) or a Bruichladdich Octomore (“the smokiest whisky in the world”) will taste as if you chew directly on a piece of charred peat. But such whiskies are for those who like the extremes and enjoy the richness and above all are not thought to begin the evening with. If you want to try such rich ones, you should have a quiver of different whiskies with different strength of characteristics and begin with a smoother one, later in the evening one a bit richer, and end with those ones you might call turpentine-like if you’d start with them right away. To start right away with an Octomore is really like having a bat swing right in your face .



Sounds as if you are ready to go for a real whisky The general difference between Scotch and Irish is the distilling process (twice vs. three times) and the processing of the barley, making the Irish in general smoother, and Scotch in general more smoky and peaty. There are only 5 distilleries in Ireland, rather producing airport bar mainstream - no offence, if you like it, fine. Each taste is different. But if you like smoky ones, you likely want to use them Irish ones for a whiskey-coke after trying rich ones from Scottish Islands. In Scotland there are over 80 distilleries: the selection (and competition) there is huge.

I asked the whisky collector for recommendations of nice smoky single malts that would most probably be available at yours (he owns 500+ bottles, most of them cask strength numbered limited ones and has visited most distilleries). Talisker 57° North (from the Isle of Skye) or a Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength (Isle of Islay) (NOT quarter cask or the standard 10y! These are the medicine cabinet ones). If you get hooked and want to spend a little more, Ardbeg (Isle of Islay) Supernova or Ardbog or Renessaince would be high class ones you might get your hands on.
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09-06-2013 12:21 PM
DCsnow
Yeah

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Decks and bindings are good to go this year, and I picked up new boots during spring sales, so the only thing on my wishlist this year is possibly new outerwear. Keeping my eye out for a good deal on an Arc'teryx Sidewinder or Patagucci Powslayer jacket. Definitely want to go lightweight shell for touring.

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Check out twsnow 30 days giveaway going on now. Their giving away a complete powslayer set! Good luck!
09-06-2013 10:55 AM
DrnknZag Decks and bindings are good to go this year, and I picked up new boots during spring sales, so the only thing on my wishlist this year is possibly new outerwear. Keeping my eye out for a good deal on an Arc'teryx Sidewinder or Patagucci Powslayer jacket. Definitely want to go lightweight shell for touring.

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09-05-2013 05:46 PM
bseracka I'm hoping to track down a bottle of the 25 year old pappy van winkle
09-05-2013 05:30 PM
neni
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On the other hand I like my beer to have enough hops to strip the paint off a car, and most people find something like that extremely bitter and pine tasting.
Now here the Irish know their stuff

BTW: Deacon, it's the savour that makes the difference
09-05-2013 01:38 PM
Noreaster
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To put ice in a whiskey (Irish) or whisky (Scotland) is a no go!
I'm fairly positive you can be legally thrown out of NYC for adding ice to whiskey.
09-05-2013 01:16 PM
ItchEtrigR
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Swill I say!!! lol

I just prefer vodka or tequila to sip on...

On the other hand I like my beer to have enough hops to strip the paint off a car, and most people find something like that extremely bitter and pine tasting.
Funny enough beer is basically whiskey with hops added...
09-05-2013 12:42 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by neni View Post
There are hundreds of different single malt Scotch with thousands of different tastes. To generalize “they all taste like xy” is rude.
Swill I say!!! lol

I just prefer vodka or tequila to sip on...

On the other hand I like my beer to have enough hops to strip the paint off a car, and most people find something like that extremely bitter and pine tasting.
09-05-2013 12:38 PM
Deacon neni is a lush!

09-05-2013 12:29 PM
neni
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Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
It's good, according to wiki it's smoother and a little more mild than most other Whiskeys. I just like sipping it on the rocks every once in a while. It's got a nice taste without being overly in your face.
To put ice in a whiskey (Irish) or whisky (Scotland) is a no go! Seriously! It’s like putting a red wine in the fridge or warm wax on a bomber on a -20°C day. By cooling it down, you lose the subtle tastes. If the whisky is too strong (especially with cask strength ones), dilute it with a bit of water, preferentially softened water, since hard water will modify the taste .

There are hundreds of different single malt Scotch with thousands of different tastes. To generalize “they all taste like xy” is rude. You’ve got so many colors, depending on the distillery, the years they were stored, in which cask, how they were bottled, ad infinitum. Yes, there are some Scotch that are rough and come close to mouth numbing turpentine some Laphroaig for example smell and taste of medicine cabinet (iodine) and fishing boat (salty, seaweed) or a Bruichladdich Octomore (“the smokiest whisky in the world”) will taste as if you chew directly on a piece of charred peat. But such whiskies are for those who like the extremes and enjoy the richness and above all are not thought to begin the evening with. If you want to try such rich ones, you should have a quiver of different whiskies with different strength of characteristics and begin with a smoother one, later in the evening one a bit richer, and end with those ones you might call turpentine-like if you’d start with them right away. To start right away with an Octomore is really like having a bat swing right in your face .

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Originally Posted by Nivek View Post
Smoky sounds nice. I say irish as that's what I've liked most so far. And really just not bourbon. They're alright, but not my style.
Sounds as if you are ready to go for a real whisky The general difference between Scotch and Irish is the distilling process (twice vs. three times) and the processing of the barley, making the Irish in general smoother, and Scotch in general more smoky and peaty. There are only 5 distilleries in Ireland, rather producing airport bar mainstream - no offence, if you like it, fine. Each taste is different. But if you like smoky ones, you likely want to use them Irish ones for a whiskey-coke after trying rich ones from Scottish Islands. In Scotland there are over 80 distilleries: the selection (and competition) there is huge.

I asked the whisky collector for recommendations of nice smoky single malts that would most probably be available at yours (he owns 500+ bottles, most of them cask strength numbered limited ones and has visited most distilleries). Talisker 57° North (from the Isle of Skye) or a Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength (Isle of Islay) (NOT quarter cask or the standard 10y! These are the medicine cabinet ones). If you get hooked and want to spend a little more, Ardbeg (Isle of Islay) Supernova or Ardbog or Renessaince would be high class ones you might get your hands on.
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