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Do You Add Water To Your Whisky or Whiskey?
No, I never add water to my whisky.
25%
 25%  [ 95 ]
Yes, I always add water with my whisky.
13%
 13%  [ 50 ]
I sometimes add water to my whisky.
56%
 56%  [ 210 ]
I add ice to my whisky.
4%
 4%  [ 17 ]
I add mixers such as ginger ale or coke.
0%
 0%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 373

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Andy M
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maltman wrote:
I never add any water. As already mentioned here, I think adding water to whisky dilutes it and kills more flavour than it reveals.

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I agree maltman. i think whisky loses more than it gains by adding water.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes add a liitle water but very rarely. I would only usualy add a little water to a cask strength whisky.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only sometimes do i add a touch of water and usually only to cask strength whisky just to bring the ABV down a little so as it doesnt numb my senses.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:19 pm    Post subject: Water or no water, that's the Question ! Reply with quote

Mark wrote:
I am just curious to see how you all actually drink your whisky.
I voted no as i almost never add water to my whisky but i have done on very rare occasions with cask strength whiskies.
Mark


Like you I mostly add water to the cask-strength malts after the initial sip. This sma' sip enables me to find the details and notes of the dram. After that I add about a 1/4 of spring water to my drinks. Wink
If the dram is 40% I do not add water, however once in a while I drink a "long drink" of blended whisky (there are very good ones too), than a add about 1/2 sring water with my drink (ideal on a lovely afternoon in the garden) Not many this year !
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes add a little water to a cask strength whisky.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No i like mine straight. Although i add ice sometimes. How come no one else does it too?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

leblanc wrote:
No i like mine straight. Although i add ice sometimes. How come no one else does it too?


Adding ice to your whisky will only reduce the temperature of the whisky, freezing its aroma and the smell. The aroma and smell to me are the most important part of a single malt. Ice simply kills a whiskies unique character. If you are adding ice to create a cool refreshing drink then use a blended whisky, using a single malt would is such a waste.

Having said that there is no wrong way to drink any whisky, the right way is the way you best enjoy it.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alastair wrote:
leblanc wrote:
No i like mine straight. Although i add ice sometimes. How come no one else does it too?


Adding ice to your whisky will only reduce the temperature of the whisky, freezing its aroma and the smell. The aroma and smell to me are the most important part of a single malt. Ice simply kills a whiskies unique character. If you are adding ice to create a cool refreshing drink then use a blended whisky, using a single malt would is such a waste.
Having said that there is no wrong way to drink any whisky, the right way is the way you best enjoy it.
Alastair


Well said Alastair, let's hope 'leblanc' will enjoy the different ways of nosing and tasting great malt drams. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mostly i take it as it comes out the bottle but when trying a whisky for the first time i would add a touch of water to see what it may reveal.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Adding Water To Your Whisky - Yes No or Sometimes Reply with quote

Personaly adding water to whisky adds to the various complex aromas/flavours that are in a Whisky.Be it Malt/Blend or otherwise
What I would never do is add TAP WATER Evil or Very Mad as more often than not it has chlorine added. If you have a good clean supply of spring water thats the way to go. Very Happy
There is no wright or wrong way to drink Whisky as long as you enjoy it Top Malt

To say adding water dulls any flavours or aromas is WRONG what happens is it may well release some other unexpexted sensations Razz But never add tap water.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mal wrote:
Mostly i take it as it comes out the bottle but when trying a whisky for the first time i would add a touch of water to see what it may reveal.

Mal


Same here.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have always taken my whisky as it comes out the bottle, i wouldnt consider adding anything except a dash of water on the odd occasion to a cask strength whisky.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you ever had Old Potrero (62,7% )you will dilute it,the alcohol in that specific whiskey doesn`t allow you to get tones,it simply kills your tastebuds.Even one drop of water can open up a whisky so dramatically,yes the taste will get diffrent but it doesn`t mean it is getting worser.Just give it a try with only one drup.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would add a splash of water to most cask strength whiskies.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I add nothing but whisky to my whisky, lol. Seriously i dont like to dilute down the alcohol level as that is part of the whisky and i would especially not reduce down a 40% abv whisky as it has been reduced enough. Some cask strengths may need a touch of water to reduce its kick but not that mant need water.

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