Bakemaster wrote:So I gathered the roommates around last night after cake night and we tried the Laphroiag Quarter Cask. It is my first single malt scotch, and it took a moment of readjusting after the first few sips. It's the first time I've experienced a scotch without that faint flavor that reminds me of pears (a flavor that I like). Instead, it's got a very strong earthy/woody flavor. 48% ABV, but the strength of the flavor is more noticeable than the concentration of alcohol compared to the 40-43% I'm used to in a scotch. I think one of my roommates liked it more than the other. The next step is to taste it next to some other scotches—we have a little Johnnie Walker green label left, and the Glenlivet 12 y.o., but no other single malts. That's fine, because I want to compare the blended and single malt before I move on to other single malts.
Final judgment reserved until more of the bottle's gone, but my first impression was pretty good. I found it at 45 USD for the fifth, by the way, which was pleasing.
I agree with Dream here. Laphroaig QC is definitely the 10M Olympic dive into the deep end. I rarely add water to 80 proof Scotch, and when I do it's not more than a few drops to get that cloudy bit in the glass (more often I'll drink water before I sip the whiskey, it gives a similar effect of opening up the flavor). With cask strength, though, I've found it beneficial to add maybe 2-3 ml of water to a glass, it takes the extreme alcohol edge off and will show you what people mean when they say that it brings out the whiskey's character.
I did a quick Google search to get some adjectives for what I was wanting to say next and stumbled across this
, which both agrees with what I've learned through experience and saves me the trouble of typing it out.
Whether or not you should add water to your whisky is entirely about personal taste. Many who drink their whisky neat say they do not want to spoil the taste by adding water to it.
However, there are just as many whisky drinkers who say that adding a touch of water, especially soft still spring water will enhance the aroma and flavour of a whisky and bring out the whiskies hidden characteristics. It is worth noting that tap water can contain high levels chlorine and would spoil rather than complement your whisky, if this is the case with your tap water it is best avoided.
The true lover of whisky will drink there whisky as the professionals do, with a little clear water. Adding a little water to whisky before drinking will prevent the strength of the whisky numbing your senses and reducing your enjoyment of the whisky. It is widely said that you should dilute your whisky with a fifth water. Everyone's tastes varies, so its worth adding just a little water at a time to see what you prefer. Having said all that I do agree that some whiskies are best without any water added.
BTW, where in hell is this stuff $45 a bottle? I pay nearly $40 for Laphroaig 10yr locally and it's the cheapest I've seen it!