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    Scotch and Ice

    I have found that a complex blended scotch whisky goes great with ice and soda. Of course, I make my own (scotch). Here's how I did it tonight.

    I took some Famous Grouse 18 year old vatted malt. I added some Ardbeg (the vatted version with the Celtic name that starts with "U").

    Then I added some miscellaneous mixed scotch I keep (mostly malt with some grain from the blended whisky component).

    Still wasn't right, so I added some 20 year old CC. Remember, CC or any Canadian whisky is essentially like a Scotch grain, so this provided a "display" function (Scots blending term).

    Like the focus feature on a camera, this brought the drink into perfect focus. It is fine for neat sipping, but I want to go "whisky-soda" tonight.

    Add as much again of plain Perrier, and then lots of rocks. Now it's rockin', a Scotch Mist on steroids.

    Gary

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    Sounds wonderful, Gary.

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    Thanks Tim, wish you could try it.

    What makes it click is the complexity of the Scotch whiskies but all working together in lock-step. And with this kind of blend, the ice and soda work perfecty as a catalyst, basically.

    It wouldn't work with just a single malt good as it is, the whisky taste would attenuate to the vanishing point.

    Gary

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    I should try this with Johnnie Walker Black. It might equate exactly to what I created.

    Gary

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    Re: Scotch and Ice

    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer View Post
    Sounds wonderful, Gary.
    I agree, Tim. Only trouble I have with Scotch and soda is the soda. Am I the only one who thinks it tastes like sodium bicarbonate and water, as in a stomach remedy?

    Of course, commercial soda water does have bicarbonate in it. So I have made my own soda, or seltzer water, by carbonating water in a Cornelius keg (ex Pepsi, which I normally use to keg my homebrewed beer). Even with reverse osmosis water, which is essentially ion-free, it still has that taste, which I don't like.

    I wish I did, because Scotch (or any other whiskey) and soda should be a great drink.

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    Re: Scotch and Ice

    You did the right thing, Jeff, I am sure it is very good.

    This is why I use Perrier. All I want is clean water and CO2, no salts and such, which can alter the taste.

    Gary
    Last edited by Gillman; 02-14-2007 at 18:07.

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    Perrier is my "soda" of choice, too. It is very clean tasting. I even like it with bourbon!

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    Re: Scotch and Ice

    I like a "clean" carbonated water too. I find it goes well with any bourbon 100 proof or over. I like a 50/50 mix, sometimes with ice, sometimes not.

    Gary

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    Re: Scotch and Ice

    Teacher's and ice is one of my favorite non-bourbon whisk(e)y drinks. No soda and no water (well, not at first).

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    Re: Scotch and Ice

    I"m really glad you liked your drink, I just can't fathom adding soda to Uigeadail.
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