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Adding Water To Your Whisky - Yes No or Sometimes
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Do You Add Water To Your Whisky or Whiskey?
No, I never add water to my whisky.
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Yes, I always add water with my whisky.
13%
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I sometimes add water to my whisky.
56%
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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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whiskylover99
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never usually add any water to my Whisky if drinking at home.

If I am at a tasting or trying a Whisky for the first time, I believe that its very important to try it with a touch of water to see what it reveals.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always add a touch of water to a cask strength whisky as the high alcohol level tends to numb my sense of taste after a few mouthfuls, thus spoiling my enjoyment of the whisky.

I never feel the need to add any water to a 40 - 46% abv whisky i feel this lessens my enjoyment of the whisky.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am like you Calder, I would always add a bit to a cask strength whisky but for a 40 - 46% i do not normally add any water.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I go with Sylas and Calder here. I think that you do need a splash with a cask strength. However for most whiskies it simply isn't necessary and dilutes the pleasure as well as the tastes. However, each to their own and the right way is always your own way.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always have to add a drop to a cask strength whisky as without it my taste buds a very quickly overwhelmed by the strength of the alcohol. I never feel i need to add anything to a 40 - 46% abv whisky in fact i think reducing the alcohol level in these anymore tends to dull the whisky.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would sometimes add a splash just to see what it reveals but not very often.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't say I 'add' water but merely rinse out the glass and tip away so there are literally just a couple of drops remaining.

If the whisky is stronger than 43% I might double the water content but it's still VERY minimal
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually find that i have to add a dash to anything over 50% ABV
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I quite often add just a drop of water just to bring the alcohol down a touch.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I voted 'always', but if it's a 40% bottle then I only add literally 4-5 drops and maybe just a few more for 43%-46%. Obviously if cask strength I probably add one part water to two parts whisky
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I havent had many cask strength whiskies but when i do i certainly need to add water.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say "never add water" but I have had a couple of cask strength whiskies above 55% which have needed a drop or two to bring the alcohol down a tad and release hidden characteristics.

So never say never :D

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I rarely add water so votd no, but i've had a few Islay's that did a little better afte a dash of water
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NO WATER in my dram, you just got to use smaller sips for stronger drams! even 57 degrees cask strenght is really good w.o. watering. well, your organism will water it anyway, doesnt it? Smile take a small sip, spead it around your tongue, and start feeling tastes emerging as alcohol fades away, one by one Smile
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George C
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would very rarely add water and even then it would be a cask strength whisky
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