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(Thrillist)   I'd really like to know. What is the water you bless your whiskey with? Do you trust your tap? My tap isn't bad, but if pressed, I'd take something not bottled by Nestle. Neat, Rocks or with what water?   (thrillist.com) divider line
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2020-12-11 9:43:17 PM  
Neat but the tap water here is good... I live right by Zephyrhills so we prolly got, like, residual zephyrs or something.
 
2020-12-11 9:46:06 PM  
I use filtered tap water, straight from the refrigerator's spigot.
 
2020-12-11 9:47:17 PM  
Subbie's afterdinner table. The single malt is waiting for Inauguration Day,

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2020-12-11 10:07:12 PM  
At the end of the day tap is fine enough.  But I've got decent tap water--let it run for a couple moments to flush out the lines and it tastes good.

/To a point...about a year ago the township had a problem with mold in the water supply. Farkin NOTHING tasted good.  And then everything tasted vaguely of bleach.
//Then everything tasted good again.
 
2020-12-11 10:12:42 PM  
Rocks
 
2020-12-11 10:26:13 PM  
for scotch and whiskey. Neat. Always neat. From 30year old to the stuff old Uncle Angus brewed in a bucket behind the barn
 
2020-12-12 1:04:05 AM  
I drink single malt scotch neat.  Unless it is cask strength, then I'll add a bit of filtered tap water.
 
2020-12-12 2:48:51 AM  
What's wrong with soda water?

It's good with Bourbon.
 
2020-12-12 3:22:54 AM  
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Given our dearth of rain water out here in the desert, I tend to go neat.
 
2020-12-12 3:25:07 AM  
Mountain Dew.

Ok I kid, I don't mix with anything anymore.  Straight into the glass and straight into my my face hole.

/early in my scotch days I tried filtered water
 
2020-12-12 3:37:28 AM  

CptnSpldng: Subbie's afterdinner table. The single malt is waiting for Inauguration Day,

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that's... quite an interesting cocktail you got goin' on there... cholula and butter, you say? intriguing!
 
2020-12-12 3:54:10 AM  
Neat.
 
2020-12-12 4:46:03 AM  
My bourbon neat, my women hot and my homosexuals flaming... thank you Homer
 
2020-12-12 5:31:28 AM  
The only water it gets is at the bottling plant where they reduce it from cask strength to whatever stupid level has the reasonable taxes which I expect is 37.49999%.
 
2020-12-12 7:50:47 AM  
I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?
 
2020-12-12 8:05:06 AM  
Spring water has high levels of coliform bacteria.

Just run your tap water through a filter of some kind. Pur, Brita. That kind of thing.
 
2020-12-12 8:14:48 AM  

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?


it's sort of... equal parts lore and science. you're disturbing an interface situation, basically. the idea being that, chemically, more of the aromatic volatiles break free and become released. in classical English literature, you'll even see characters ask, "did you want 1 or 2 or 3 drops [of water]?" - me, my reprehensible philistine dumbass usually just puts the tiniest of ice-cubes.

/then again, I've also been known to chug whiskey directly out the bottle
 
2020-12-12 8:22:49 AM  
Soda water is the first choice, filtered is second and readily available for me.

So, if no ice, I usually go 1.5 to 2 parts water to 1 part whiskey (Bourbon is the first choice, of course, but Bushmills is a nice change of pace from time to time).

If with ice, 1 to 1.  I have a couple of ice ball moulds, and those are worth the extra effort.

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?


It opens up the flavors and lets you taste more than just the alcohol.

GF and I did an at home, COVID times blind tasting of whiskies last weekend.  She's not a Bourbon fan, loved Bushmills and liked Canadian Mist.  The cheapest Bourbon (Military Special from the Army, on base liquor store) beat the hell out some more expensive stuff.  Jack Daniel's came in dead last.  Which is why it needs to be drowned in nasty-ass carbonated sugar water.
 
2020-12-12 8:23:46 AM  
I like my water in 'rock' form (ice) which works oot well as I'm Canuckistani & have no choice in the matter 6 months oot of the year.
*swirls his scotchypoo to hear the cubes clink the glass*
Ah, a sipper's symphony.
 
2020-12-12 8:31:23 AM  
(also, wish I had a fancy fridgemerator to make filtered ice, but I still just use tap water. the water here in NE Phila tastes pretty good - but then again so did the water in Woods Hole / Falmouth, where Otis AFB was almost certainly dumping PFAS/PFOA/PFOS runoff into the local water tables, as well as spent-ammunition residue. yay! I drank that stuff on the daily for about 10 years, could go some fraction of the way to 'asplaining why I am so deranged lately?)
((Narrator: pfft, "lately."))
 
2020-12-12 8:34:03 AM  

oldfarthenry: no choice in the matter 6 months oot of the year


someone told that to me once! I heard that only ice cubes come out of your kitchen sink taps for about half the year!
 
2020-12-12 8:42:00 AM  

tintar: (also, wish I had a fancy fridgemerator to make filtered ice, but I still just use tap water. the water here in NE Phila tastes pretty good - but then again so did the water in Woods Hole / Falmouth, where Otis AFB was almost certainly dumping PFAS/PFOA/PFOS runoff into the local water tables, as well as spent-ammunition residue. yay! I drank that stuff on the daily for about 10 years, could go some fraction of the way to 'asplaining why I am so deranged lately?)
((Narrator: pfft, "lately."))


Another "Military Special" whiskey drinker?
 
2020-12-12 8:46:41 AM  

tintar: oldfarthenry: no choice in the matter 6 months oot of the year

someone told that to me once! I heard that only ice cubes come out of your kitchen sink taps for about half the year!


Kitchen tap ice cubes aren't too bad. It's the stabby icicle daggers oot the shower head that annoy me.
 
2020-12-12 8:50:01 AM  

tintar: blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

it's sort of... equal parts lore and science. you're disturbing an interface situation, basically. the idea being that, chemically, more of the aromatic volatiles break free and become released. in classical English literature, you'll even see characters ask, "did you want 1 or 2 or 3 drops [of water]?" - me, my reprehensible philistine dumbass usually just puts the tiniest of ice-cubes.

/then again, I've also been known to chug whiskey directly out the bottle


Laobaojun: Soda water is the first choice, filtered is second and readily available for me.

So, if no ice, I usually go 1.5 to 2 parts water to 1 part whiskey (Bourbon is the first choice, of course, but Bushmills is a nice change of pace from time to time).

If with ice, 1 to 1.  I have a couple of ice ball moulds, and those are worth the extra effort.

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

It opens up the flavors and lets you taste more than just the alcohol.

GF and I did an at home, COVID times blind tasting of whiskies last weekend.  She's not a Bourbon fan, loved Bushmills and liked Canadian Mist.  The cheapest Bourbon (Military Special from the Army, on base liquor store) beat the hell out some more expensive stuff.  Jack Daniel's came in dead last.  Which is why it needs to be drowned in nasty-ass carbonated sugar water.



Interesting, I've never thought of trying that before. Then again, when and if I drink any sort of dark brown, it's usually bourbon with ginger ale/ginger beer. A local company makes a great one; Cedar Ridge.
 
2020-12-12 9:08:19 AM  

blodyholy: tintar: blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

it's sort of... equal parts lore and science. you're disturbing an interface situation, basically. the idea being that, chemically, more of the aromatic volatiles break free and become released. in classical English literature, you'll even see characters ask, "did you want 1 or 2 or 3 drops [of water]?" - me, my reprehensible philistine dumbass usually just puts the tiniest of ice-cubes.

/then again, I've also been known to chug whiskey directly out the bottle

Laobaojun: ....

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

It opens up the flavors and lets you taste more than just the alcohol.

GF and I did an at home, COVID times blind tasting of whiskies last weekend.  She's not a Bourbon fan, loved Bushmills and liked Canadian Mist.  The cheapest Bourbon (Military Special from the Army, on base liquor store) beat the hell out some more expensive stuff.  Jack Daniel's came in dead last.  Which is why it needs to be drowned in nasty-ass carbonated sugar water.


Interesting, I've never thought of trying that before. Then again, when and if I drink any sort of dark brown, it's usually bourbon with ginger ale/ginger beer. A local company makes a great one; Cedar Ridge.


The taste test really was blind - I did not expect Glenfiddich to do as well as it did, and Angel's Envy was disappointing.
A bunch of identical glasses, markers for numbering.  I had a list of "1 is Canadian, 2 is JD, 3 is...".  I leave the room.  The GF moves things and makes a list of "1 is now 4, 2 is 1, 3 is..."
After the tasting, we reconcile the lists.

Give Bourbon a try with soda water.  Many do not need any more sweetness. (But the rye heavy ones, yeah, I see your point).
 
2020-12-12 9:13:58 AM  

Laobaojun: blodyholy: tintar: blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

it's sort of... equal parts lore and science. you're disturbing an interface situation, basically. the idea being that, chemically, more of the aromatic volatiles break free and become released. in classical English literature, you'll even see characters ask, "did you want 1 or 2 or 3 drops [of water]?" - me, my reprehensible philistine dumbass usually just puts the tiniest of ice-cubes.

/then again, I've also been known to chug whiskey directly out the bottle

Laobaojun: ....

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

It opens up the flavors and lets you taste more than just the alcohol.

GF and I did an at home, COVID times blind tasting of whiskies last weekend.  She's not a Bourbon fan, loved Bushmills and liked Canadian Mist.  The cheapest Bourbon (Military Special from the Army, on base liquor store) beat the hell out some more expensive stuff.  Jack Daniel's came in dead last.  Which is why it needs to be drowned in nasty-ass carbonated sugar water.


Interesting, I've never thought of trying that before. Then again, when and if I drink any sort of dark brown, it's usually bourbon with ginger ale/ginger beer. A local company makes a great one; Cedar Ridge.

The taste test really was blind - I did not expect Glenfiddich to do as well as it did, and Angel's Envy was disappointing.
A bunch of identical glasses, markers for numbering.  I had a list of "1 is Canadian, 2 is JD, 3 is...".  I leave the room.  The GF moves things and makes a list of "1 is now 4, 2 is 1, 3 is..."
After the tasting, we reconcile the lists.

Give Bourbon a try with soda water.  Many do not need any more sweetness. (But the rye heavy ones, yeah, I see your point).


Will give it a shot...thank you for the tips!
 
2020-12-12 9:22:57 AM  

Laobaojun: tintar: (also, wish I had a fancy fridgemerator to make filtered ice, but I still just use tap water. the water here in NE Phila tastes pretty good - but then again so did the water in Woods Hole / Falmouth, where Otis AFB was almost certainly dumping PFAS/PFOA/PFOS runoff into the local water tables, as well as spent-ammunition residue. yay! I drank that stuff on the daily for about 10 years, could go some fraction of the way to 'asplaining why I am so deranged lately?)
((Narrator: pfft, "lately."))

Another "Military Special" whiskey drinker?


ohhh... our ship (I was RNSS not USAF, but there was some reciprocity with the AF guys+girls) ...may have been "acquiring" 5-litre jugs of 200-proof-ABV ethanol from Marine Biological. that stuff still scares the farking hell out of me. but we'd cut it with Tang powder (lol!) and local water.

t'other thing we used to steal from MBL was ginormous blocks (I d'nno, maybe 1ft^3?) of ice, and go "sledding" in the summer down the hills of Woods Hole golf course.
 
2020-12-12 9:38:37 AM  

tintar: ohhh... our ship (I was RNSS not USAF, but there was some reciprocity with the AF guys+girls) ...may have been "acquiring" 5-litre jugs of 200-proof-ABV ethanol from Marine Biological. that stuff still scares the farking hell out of me. but we'd cut it with Tang powder (lol!) and local water.


Don't they call that "torpedo juice?"
 
2020-12-12 9:42:54 AM  

Laobaojun: Jack Daniel's came in dead last.


Back in the day, I tried more and more expensive scotches, doing tastings, learning about regions and various islands, until I built up a taste for scotch that I couldn't afford.  Now, older and wiser, I pride myself on being able to drink cheap bourbon and savor that nasty chemical burn.

I love Jack Daniels.

/There's a place in my my heart for 'The Colonel's Pride' but that can't be found in civilized lands.
 
2020-12-12 9:50:52 AM  
A few years ago I went fishing with my father-in-law. He found a guy with a boat that was willing to take us out for salmon on Lake Michigan.

The price for the trip was a bottle of Canadian Club. Old Earl would make a Lake Michigan cocktail, He'd dip a cup over the side of the boat and scoop up an ounce or two of lake water and fill the cup with whiskey. I never tried it, but Earl was around for a lot of years, so it didn't poison him or make him too crazy.

Earl's boat was named "The Chicken Ship". He never had much money so when the boat needed big repairs that he couldn't afford he just ran it up on the beach and set fire to it.

True story.
 
2020-12-12 10:03:15 AM  
My tap water is none too great, so I use bottled water. As for whether I go neat, with water, or with ice, that depends on the dram.
 
2020-12-12 10:10:46 AM  

Laobaojun: Soda water is the first choice, filtered is second and readily available for me.

So, if no ice, I usually go 1.5 to 2 parts water to 1 part whiskey (Bourbon is the first choice, of course, but Bushmills is a nice change of pace from time to time).

If with ice, 1 to 1.  I have a couple of ice ball moulds, and those are worth the extra effort.

blodyholy: I'm obviously missing something here, or just out of the loop. Aside from a frozen water stone, why would you want to further water down your booze?

It opens up the flavors and lets you taste more than just the alcohol.

GF and I did an at home, COVID times blind tasting of whiskies last weekend.  She's not a Bourbon fan, loved Bushmills and liked Canadian Mist.  The cheapest Bourbon (Military Special from the Army, on base liquor store) beat the hell out some more expensive stuff.  Jack Daniel's came in dead last.  Which is why it needs to be drowned in nasty-ass carbonated sugar water.


Bravo.

JD is not Bourbon.
It is Tennessee whiskey, so much like everything from Tennessee it is trash.
 
2020-12-12 10:19:55 AM  

DON.MAC: tintar: ohhh... our ship (I was RNSS not USAF, but there was some reciprocity with the AF guys+girls) ...may have been "acquiring" 5-litre jugs of 200-proof-ABV ethanol from Marine Biological. that stuff still scares the farking hell out of me. but we'd cut it with Tang powder (lol!) and local water.

Don't they call that "torpedo juice?"


My dad was a "tin can sailor", a destroyer crewman in WWII.  He spoke of filtering torpedo fuel (then, denatured alcohol, now some insane near explosive liquid) and how it took coordination between the gunners mates and the cooks and at very least the tacit consent of the chief of the boat.  "Torpedo juice" was a thing.
 
2020-12-12 10:30:12 AM  
Neat for me, but I'm nor opposed to a couple drops of tap to open up a glass of scotch.

I think I have whiskey stones in the fridge that I never use (stocking stuffer from years ago). My wife ma have tossed them by this point.
 
2020-12-12 10:31:13 AM  
Mayhave. I don't have a wife ma. I'm not from West Virginia.
 
2020-12-12 12:29:42 PM  

DON.MAC: tintar: ohhh... our ship (I was RNSS not USAF, but there was some reciprocity with the AF guys+girls) ...may have been "acquiring" 5-litre jugs of 200-proof-ABV ethanol from Marine Biological. that stuff still scares the farking hell out of me. but we'd cut it with Tang powder (lol!) and local water.

Don't they call that "torpedo juice?"


we did call it that sometimes, but as Laobaojunmentioned, that stuff is a lot more involved. we also called it AVgas, to mock the AF people or because we were simply too dumb to come up with anything better.

also, people on the civilian science ships out of Woods Hole are rather talented at making some horrific vodak-analogue in regular cheap coffee-makers, always quite the skill in demand.
 
2020-12-12 12:43:39 PM  
Water? You philistines- everyone knows you use Mountain Dew with your whisky (especially single malt whisky).

/sarcasm
 
2020-12-12 1:26:27 PM  
So, from what I'm reading here, I'm guessing this is wrong to mix with Scotch?

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2020-12-12 3:02:18 PM  

maddog2030: Rocks


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2020-12-12 5:17:12 PM  

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Flint aside, I found it interesting to hear Dr. Fauci say he drinks plain tap water. I trust that guy.
 
2020-12-12 5:26:53 PM  

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Flint aside, I found it interesting to hear Dr. Fauci say he drinks plain tap water. I trust that guy.


I'm obviously not fauchi and I don't live in Flint, but I grew up in Saginaw and always drank tap water, and I still do in ATL.
 
2020-12-12 5:28:12 PM  
Coffee and baileys. Unless it's good scotch or Willett. Then why would I dilute something so beautiful?
 
2020-12-12 10:28:31 PM  
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2020-12-13 12:23:43 AM  
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/and 2 think I almost posted Bear Grill
 
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2020-12-13 12:32:20 AM  
Just wanted to share what a great bourbon this is. Great band as a bonus.

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2020-12-13 1:44:27 AM  

HFK: Just wanted to share what a great bourbon this is. Great band as a bonus.

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I've seen them! They were great.

/neat
 
2020-12-13 2:04:18 AM  

yakmans_dad: Spring water has high levels of coliform bacteria.

Just run your tap water through a filter of some kind. Pur, Brita. That kind of thing.


If the bacteria are surviving in your whisky then you added too much water.
 
2020-12-13 7:25:24 AM  

fasahd: dryknife: [external-content.duckduckgo.com image 225x300]

Flint aside, I found it interesting to hear Dr. Fauci say he drinks plain tap water. I trust that guy.


I drink tap water where I live; it is run through an inline filter and then another filter in the refrigerator, but I would drink it out of the tap straight. We have good water here, with a protected lake source.

I used to work with guy a who had been a water plant operator. While talking about people griping about a chlorine smell in their water, he said if you don't smell it is when you need to worry about your water.
 
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