Ice in Scotch


When I started drinking Scotch last year one thing I learned quickly is that I don't like any ice in it all. Drinking it neat is what I enjoy best. But now that it's getting hot here in the mid-west I'm thinking of trying ice in Scotch again. Right now I'm drinking Seagram's VO with a couple of big ice cubes. It's not bad, so far. But maybe that's because it's only 40% alcohol.
Anyway, my question is - what Scotch do you like to drink with ice? Are there any single malts/blended that really taste great with ice? I just might be forced to get out my bottle of Highland Park 12 and drop a few ice cubes in it when the heat really shoots up.
Reply to
Von Fourche
For sipping, I like my single malts and quality blends neat, as do you. It's been over 100 F. here for a week or so now, and I've found that an inexpensive, but palatable, blended Scotch in a tall glass with ice and soda water is quite refreshing, several even more so. I say inexpensive because I drink a lot of these 'coolers'! YMMV I also hasten to admit that I drink a lot of espresso with Vodka and many Rum and Cokes, merely to keep my blood alcohol at an adequate level.
Reply to
n_cramer
As malts go, I think Bowmore Legend (or McClellands Islay) are great with ice. Another cheap malt that is delicious on ice is Speyburn--it has plenty of flavor to keep it assertive even over cubes.
I also drink the Signatory Vintage 5-year-olds (e.g., Orkney, Islay) on ice, because they're disappointing neat. They're not that great on ice either, to tell the truth.
Reply to
Douglas W. Hoyt
The problem with Bud Lite is that it has no flavor whatsoever.
No, wait. I remember once reading about a flavor analysis of Coors, and it actually had precisely two distinctly identifiable flavors (as opposed to ales which have hundreds).
My Speyburn on ice has at least eight.
Reply to
Douglas W. Hoyt
Yes, unfortunately almost all scotch, beer, bourbon, etc. has been watered down in taste over the years until it would not be recognizable as such to people who lived a few hundred years ago.
Even so, I have never tasted any spirit in which the flavor was improved by the addition of water. All water does is DILUTE, period.
(Just my not so humble opinion.)
hawk
Reply to
hawk
Blasphemy! Don't drink anything called 'Lite' unless ordered by your doctor. Otherwise, if yer gonna drink beer, drink BEER!
Reply to
n_cramer
I wouldn't drink Bud or any "Lite" on a bet. My comment was directed at someone who was going to drink watered down scotch as a summer cooler.
Regards, hawk
Reply to
hawk
What you are saying is that you don't like the whisky, but when you chill it and your tongue with ice to subdue the flavors, you can drink it.
hawk
Reply to
hawk
chill it and your tongue with ice to subdue the flavors, you can drink it.
No, I think I said what I said, not what you said.
Reply to
Douglas W. Hoyt
wrote:
Either way, an nice cold gin and tonic sounds a lot more refreshing to me. Or the iced Darjeeling/Assam, which is common in our house. 8;)
--Larry
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pltrgyst

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