Weather and drinking single malts?

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Although I've been sipping single malts for a few years, I still
consider myself a novice.  I like the Islays the best, Laphroiag being
my current favorite.

I've noticed that I seem to enjoy a dram better when there's a nip in
the air.  Not that it changes flavor over the year -- but when it's hot
and humid outside, I don't seem to reach as readily for a bottle at the
end of the day.  On such days, a cold beer can seem the better choice.

My girlfriend feels the same way.  I'm wondering if others have the
same tendency to enjoy a dram more in cool weather than in hot -- or is
it just us?



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On 2011-09-01, Joe Williamson (aka Bruce)
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Yep.  But then the barrel of port becomes too inviting too.  I love a
cold winter's day, a pasta bolognese with a glass of port in the meat
sauce (instead of red wine), and a glass of port to top it all off.

But after all that, I then don't want a SM.  It's too hard being a
drunk.

--
TimC
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Not just you. A warm fire on a cold evening is a good thing, and a tasty
single malt to warm the insides is better. Both is best of all.

I trust you've also explored the other great south Islay malts: Ardbeg,
Caol Ila and Lagavulin.

bill

Re: Weather and drinking single malts?
On 2011-09-01, bill van (aka Bruce)
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I wacky parsed that as "on a cold morning".  I thought that was a bit
keen, then I realised it was just my subconcious.

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TimC
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Morning is too early in my day for single malt, even a cold morning.

I'm not known as Bruce, though, unless everybody's either Bruce or
Sheila.

cheers.

bill

Re: Weather and drinking single malts?
On 2011-09-01 03:25:17 +0000, bill van said:

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I've tried the Lagavulin -- VERY good.  Not as medicinal as the
Laphroaig but a nice peat smoke flavor.  Liked the Ardbeg, but there
were so many expressions available, didn't really know which ones to
try.

I have NOT tasted Caol Ila -- have looked for it, can't find it
anywhere near where I live (in southwest Virginia, USA).  I may have to
order myself a bottle of it.


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My own guideline is that if I like a distillery's flagship product -- a
10-year-old for many malts, though there are exceptions such as
Lagavulin's 16 -- the other expressions may be worth exploring. That's
also easier on the budget. The older expressions, cask strength, single
barrels, etc. tend to be much more expensive. So if I like the 10 -- and
I very much like Ardbeg's 10-year-old -- I will explore some of the
others as my budget allows.
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It's very recognizably a south Islay, quite peaty but with less of the
phenolic elements of Laphroaig and more of a nutty aspect. It's not
always available here (in British Columbia), but I've seen quite a few
different expressions in other places. I like the 10 and the 12, and
I've had a cask strength that was wonderful.

bill

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South Islay? Laphroaig is the southernmost one, Caol Ila the 2 northest
For the record the distilleries are from north to south;  Bunnabhain, Caol
Ila, Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Bowmore, Port Charlotte (new), Ardbeg,
Lagavulin, Port Ellen (defunct) , Laphroaig.

Anders



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You are not alone!

I also tend to favour something like a G&T in the summer months and
then whisky when he nights start drawing in.

At the moment I'm making an exception to the rule with a nice 40-yo
Glen Grant I received as a gift.

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Cheers,

Steve

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On 2011-09-01 07:17:31 +0000, Steve Hodgson said:

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Don't know the Glen Grant.

However, after sipping six or eight different Islays, I just got hold
of a bottle of Glenkinchie.  Holy cow, what a difference.  Nose very
flowery, overall lighter, lovely color, goes down so smooth.


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Yes, a very nice smooth dram, one of only three remaining lowland
distilleries (southeast of Edinburgh)
I do like it
Anders
currently drinking Talisker - also very good



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Joe Williamson:

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I'm the same, not that we have many hot and humid days.

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John

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