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Cee Jay

Striker

ordered this...will try when dry Jan and maybe Feb over

Not a bad price compared to some other tasting sets
 

moanjam

Midfield

ordered this...will try when dry Jan and maybe Feb over

Not a bad price compared to some other tasting sets
Thats not bad at all, I will warn you when I done sober October I bought the most bottles by far that I'd bought before over the period of a month, it was constantly on my mind, beware! :lol:
 

Cee Jay

Striker
Thats not bad at all, I will warn you when I done sober October I bought the most bottles by far that I'd bought before over the period of a month, it was constantly on my mind, beware! :lol:

Done it the last 6/7 years...and if anything my whisky buying increases ;)
 

Snaggletooth

Central Defender
Regarding adding a bit water....what determines this?
Is it a case of it try neat, and try with water, and see what you prefer?
I new in my whisky journey, and up till now have been tasting neat.
Is there particular ones that definately benefit from water?
I currently have an aberlour 12, laphroig 10, glenmorangie 10, glen moray something, a couple of Ben Brackens (speyside & islay), and a Pogues Irish whisky.
 

moanjam

Midfield
Regarding adding a bit water....what determines this?
Is it a case of it try neat, and try with water, and see what you prefer?
I new in my whisky journey, and up till now have been tasting neat.
Is there particular ones that definately benefit from water?
I currently have an aberlour 12, laphroig 10, glenmorangie 10, glen moray something, a couple of Ben Brackens (speyside & islay), and a Pogues Irish whisky.
Always try neat first as it might be ok for you then if you add water I use a teaspoon and try a spoon at a time tasting until you get to where is good for your pallette, if you add to much water straight away you can ever bring it back by adding more whisky.
And I find some whiskies benefit from being left for 10 minutes or so after adding water to help it integrate and open up.
 
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Regarding adding a bit water....what determines this?
Is it a case of it try neat, and try with water, and see what you prefer?
I new in my whisky journey, and up till now have been tasting neat.
Is there particular ones that definately benefit from water?
I currently have an aberlour 12, laphroig 10, glenmorangie 10, glen moray something, a couple of Ben Brackens (speyside & islay), and a Pogues Irish whisky.
As a fellow newbie, drink neat and if you like it carry on. If you do add water add it sparingly, the worst thing that you can do is drown the whisky. Anything over 50% vol is probably worth trying with a little water.
 
I use a pipette, adding a drop or two at a time. There is no formula for how much water to add as he each whisky is unique as is your palette. Water can often bring out flavour notes that aren’t prominent without out. Most of the time I use water it’s for that purpose rather than for lowering the abv.
 

Snaggletooth

Central Defender
I'm enjoying them neat, really enjoying them tbh, but im not getting any of the flavour notes described in the blurb.
Things like vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate etc. Im not getting any of that yet
 

Cee Jay

Striker
I use a pipette, adding a drop or two at a time. There is no formula for how much water to add as he each whisky is unique as is your palette. Water can often bring out flavour notes that aren’t prominent without out. Most of the time I use water it’s for that purpose rather than for lowering the abv.

best example I’ve had of that was with the Cooley sample you kindly sent...think I mentioned at the time that with each drop or two of water it seemed to change each time.
I'm enjoying them neat, really enjoying them tbh, but im not getting any of the flavour notes described in the blurb.
Things like vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate etc. Im not getting any of that yet
my palate isn’t that refined but vanilla certainly is really re of Isabel in loads of malt...pineapple in others ( the likes of Balblair )

but aye many others on the tasting note pass me by but as long as you’re enjoying.

A flavour wheel some people suggest as a way to picking up tastes /notes
 
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moanjam

Midfield
I'm enjoying them neat, really enjoying them tbh, but im not getting any of the flavour notes described in the blurb.
Things like vanilla, caramel, coffee, chocolate etc. Im not getting any of that yet
As long as your enjoying it thats what its all about, its about experimenting to your own preferences and I wouldn't hang to much on getting certain notes all people are different I've been at it quite a while and still find it hard to break aromas down past the obvious notes that you usually get from certain casks or certain style of spirit etc, I can sit and nose a dram for 10-15 minutes and throughly enjoy it without actually pulling to many individual notes.
 
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Cee Jay

Striker
best example I’ve had of that was with the Cooley sample you kindly sent...think I mentioned at the time that with each drop or two of water it seemed to change each time.


my palate isn’t that refined but vanilla certainly is really re of Isabel in loads of malt...pineapple in others ( the likes of Balblair )

but aye many others on the tasting note pass me by but as long as you’re enjoying.

A flavour wheel some people suggest as a way to picking up tastes /notes
that should have said “ recognisable “ in first paragraph :oops:
 

black-cat

Striker
Regarding adding a bit water....what determines this?
Is it a case of it try neat, and try with water, and see what you prefer?
I new in my whisky journey, and up till now have been tasting neat.
Is there particular ones that definately benefit from water?
I currently have an aberlour 12, laphroig 10, glenmorangie 10, glen moray something, a couple of Ben Brackens (speyside & islay), and a Pogues Irish whisky.
The only time I've ever added water to a dram is when it's cask strength and I find it just a tad to fierce without it. I couldn't believe how literally 1 or 2 drops of water (from a pipette) can alter a whisky, open it up and make it palatable. I've since tested it on whisky I can drink fine without water but in almost all cases I've found that I prefer to drink them without water as before.

It's definitely worth experimenting though, as I say if you ever taste a dram and it seems just a little off on something, try adding a drop or 2 and you may find that it could solve your problem.
.

@Cee Jay You who likes a Glengoyne isn't it?
 
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Cee Jay

Striker
The only time I've ever added water to a dram is when it's cask strength and I find it just a tad to fierce without it. I couldn't believe how literally 1 or 2 drops of water (from a pipette) can alter a whisky, open it up and make it palatable. I've since tested it on whisky I can drink fine without water but in almost all cases I've found that I prefer to drink them without water as before.

It's definitely worth experimenting though, as I say if you ever taste a dram and it seems just a little off on something, try adding a drop or 2 and you may find that it could solve your problem.
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@Cee Jay You who likes a Glengoyne isn't it?

I do aye...👍🥃

Ever so slightly above my limits though 😁
 
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Reubens tasche

Goalkeeper
Regarding adding a bit water....what determines this?
Is it a case of it try neat, and try with water, and see what you prefer?
I new in my whisky journey, and up till now have been tasting neat.
Is there particular ones that definately benefit from water?
I currently have an aberlour 12, laphroig 10, glenmorangie 10, glen moray something, a couple of Ben Brackens (speyside & islay), and a Pogues Irish whisky.
With the pogues Irish whisky I’d go 90/10 in favour of water.

seriously though I’ve tried putting a drop into a couple of whiskies and I don’t get it, doesn’t make a difference so I never add water now.
 
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