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Re: Spirits

Post by Kugelfisch » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:21 am

So, alcohol by volume isn't alcohol by volume. Currently having three cask strength whiskies here that becomes apparent.
Caol Ila @ 59,8% does well with one and a half teaspoon of water on a good dram.
Mac Duff @ 54% can handle about five drops.
Dailuaine @ 57,2% does best at about five drops as well.

When I say the Mac Duff "can handle" those few drops I mean it. It's a very simple whisky at heart. Malt, caramel, some Sherry wood and a hint of citrus is all it's ever given to me. It does best neat as is. The alcohol is fairly tame in it and it's got a real sticky and sweet caramel quality to it that way. Water brings out more of the citrus, pushing it more towards grapefruit, but totally kills the caramel over time. Add water and in half an hour you've got no caramel left if you added any water.
Left without water I get mint and anise seed eventually, maybe mint candy canes. Also honey. None of those with water.

The Dailuaine needs a bit of water and especially time. It takes a good ten minutes in the glass to give interesting notes in smell and a few drops of water with a lid on the glass and another ten minutes to really wake up. Rich, zesty apple comes around and it gets a creamy quality.

The Caol Ila straight up needs water and plenty of it. The aroma is the deepest stuff ever right away. But with a good, generous spoon of water the peat smoke separates a bit from the Sherry barrel and after half an hour it's the most delicious drink I've ever had. I can't explain the taste, really. Closest I manage is peat plus the typical Sherry cask taste of a thick and sweet christmas cake with dried plums married with strawberries from a rum pot. It goes together like it's meant to be that way. Good thing I ordered another bottle of it as there are only three casks of that stuff. I'll hold the second bottle back for a long, long time.
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Re: Spirits

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Re: Spirits

Post by Kugelfisch » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:35 pm

Laphroaig put a cocktail recipe in their newsletter so I thought I'd try it.
Fresh mint
2 parts Laphroaig 10yr
2 parts lemon juice
1 part sugar syrup
Stirred and strained into a high ball with ice, mint and an eight of a lime, filled up with soda water.

Pretty neat and refreshing. I used a shaker instead and with slow shaking and rubbing up the mint leafs a bit it tastes pretty damn good. The peat tang works wonderfully in it. That is, if you like peated whisky. If you don't you'll hate it. Could work with tequila as well.
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Re: Spirits

Post by Kugelfisch » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:00 pm

What a fucking journey today to get a dram.
There's a nice whisky store in my city and I decided to get a nice peaty whisky today. As I walk through the rainy city and marvel about the desolate state it's in with all those closed stores, I finally arrive only to read a sign that says
"We moved.
<--120m
"
so I walk back in the direction I came from. I haven't seen the new location on my merry way. I also didn't find it "<--120m", nor closer or further away, nor in any of the side alleys. I wasn't able to find it at all.

So I drove to a beer speciality store I wanted to go to anyway and picked up a bottle of Lagavulin 16yr. I never actually had a Lagavulin before. I like it a lot! It's sweeter than I anticipated and, of course, not as peaty as a Laphroaig but very nice and balanced.
That knocks another Islay whisky off my list. So far, Caol Ila is up there as a favourite distillery together with Laphroaig. Bruichladdich is a close runner up. Bunnahabhain is okay. I didn't like any Ardbeg I ever had.
Lagavulin could become another favourite. Grabbing an independent bottling is something I'll make a quest of mine.
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