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Re: Neat or on the rocks?

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I do things on a liquor by liquor basis.

Gin: Ice is fine. Although it would be interesting if someone would come up with a 126 or 150 or even 180 proof and heavily laden with botanicals Gin in order to make it so that a good martini could be simply poured into a glass with ice and vermouth without having to strain it. Anyone who is telling you that ice doesn't belong in a gin and tonic is a putz.

Scotch: Single malts I don't ice. However I have waited for cool damp weather to enjoy them. I may add a few drops of water. I am afraid to drown my single malt. Blended scotch, well if I'm making a scotch and soda (a drink which has charms apart from those available by drinking scotch alone) I'll use ice. With blended scotch I've always found it good to taste first, and add ice later.

Bourbon: I've never had a bourbon more fancy than maker's mark 46. With a good bourbon I'll taste it neat and maybe add an ice cube instead of the splash of water that single malt gets. If I feel the need for a cold Buffalo trace, I'll make it happen.

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I use chilled glass, just to make bitch outta this thread

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I just put the bottle in the freezer or the glass or just one ice cube or use a Pepsi chaser and fill it with ice ans sip on it to cool down it the heat.

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I enjoy single malt scotch whisky when I can afford it. Dalmore 12, Laphroig 10, Tamdhu NAS, Highland Park 12. I never put single malt on the rocks... Always neat with a drop of water maybe.. Now Blended scotch.. A lot different... I usually try it neat, and then nose it.,. if acceptable I may drink it neat.. Grants, Teachers, Famous Grouse, Passport(The Best Cheapo Whisky Blend) 2nd Cheapo Blend is Scoresby Very Hammered!!(Rare) ,will drink some neat.. Then go on the rocks...Minimal hangover issues.. AVOID OLD SMUGGLER, CLUNY.. :(

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either or
Drunk? I'm not drunk! You wouldn't dare accuse me of that if I was s0ber!

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John Barleycorn wrote:I do things on a liquor by liquor basis.

Gin: Ice is fine. Although it would be interesting if someone would come up with a 126 or 150 or even 180 proof and heavily laden with botanicals Gin in order to make it so that a good martini could be simply poured into a glass with ice and vermouth without having to strain it. Anyone who is telling you that ice doesn't belong in a gin and tonic is a putz.
Personally, I always keep my gin in the fridge. Tonic too of course. I prefer it over the ice - the temperature effect is the same.

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captain gonzo wrote:either or
same depends on the weather on what I'm drinking. I take it with a teaspoon of water to unlock the favor or one ice cube
never a liquor snow cone.

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http://www.kaiserpenguin.com/everlasting-gin-and-tonic/ Interesting idea anyways, are rocks a negative when they are themselves made of gin?
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The words "everlasting gin and tonic" made me think of a sitting on barstool in front of a bar consisting of a massive red marble slab, dimly lit, with wreaths of flowers all around and Schumann's Traumerei playing softly on a continuous loop as the drink is constantly refilled from a gin and tonic fountain.

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You just gotta think...Whenever such and such liqueur was invented you better be damn certain they didn't have ice.
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The Goat wrote:You just gotta think...Whenever such and such liqueur was invented you better be damn certain they didn't have ice.
True, I often drink ales & wines in the 55-65 degree range, and the same for spirits, with the exception of cocktails and other mixed drinks. That aside these drinks were invented in temperate to cool European countries without central heating, a far cry from Bakersfield California's 80 degree room temp.
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Superfucker wrote: That aside these drinks were invented in temperate to cool European countries without central heating, a far cry from Bakersfield California's 80 degree room temp.
Also true.
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This question of the temperature and lack of ice when alcoholic beverages were developed begs a huge question. The oldest written recipe is for beer. Were people drinking air-temperature beer for thousands of years before refridgeration? Is "Ice cold beer" a modern perversion?

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DeeboCools wrote:This question of the temperature and lack of ice when alcoholic beverages were developed begs a huge question. The oldest written recipe is for beer. Were people drinking air-temperature beer for thousands of years before refridgeration? Is "Ice cold beer" a modern perversion?

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Ale takes to being warm better the a lager does
they used to kept it in cave to keep it cool
that why they got steam ale in San Francisco they did not have cave for lager to keep it cool
so they make that taste the same as lager

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Superfucker wrote:http://www.kaiserpenguin.com/everlasting-gin-and-tonic/ Interesting idea anyways, are rocks a negative when they are themselves made of gin?
nope it a cool idea man

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