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@Rantavahti
Rantavahti started a discussion

I found Ralfy adding drops of Ardbeg 10 on Glenfiddich 12. Haven't tried it myself but as a Glenfiddich hater and Ardbeg lover it makes sense if you're having trouble trying to consume your least favorite whisky from the cabinet.

I have also heard that Ralfy used to drink some regular/bad grain blends from the same glass after Ardbeg (or some other single malt with strong peaty aromas). Which made the blend much better.

Feel free to share your blending tips and other tricks as well. What makes a bad whisky better?

8 years ago

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@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot replied

@Rantavahti

Trick 1: Drambuie

3/4 Scotch 1/4 Drambuie makes every bad whisky better

trick 2: add a fair amount of Coke or Ginger Ale

trick 3: Put it in your coffee or hot coco, maybe top it off with some cream

trick 4: use it in the kitchen, dark bread with whiskybutter and seasalt is a nice tasting side dish

trick 5: put it in a glass jar/bottle with a piece of toasted/charred oak drinks.seriouseats.com/2012/01/…

or if you can get a small fresh cask, put it back in there for a few weeks/months.

"Bad whisky is like bad sex... still pretty good" ;)

8 years ago 0

@JeffC
JeffC replied

Not that my tips are necessarily for enjoying my least favorites, but I am a tinkerer so I have experimented.

Last night I had a pour of Whitehorse after having an Ardbeg 10 in the same Glencairn glass. The aroma of the Whitehouse was much stronger and the finish longer. I think a bit of Ardbeg 10 would pep up anything.

I have also tried blending American bourbons just for the heck of it to see if the best of one might complement another but have not had much luck at it.

8 years ago 0

@jonnybravo
jonnybravo replied

I have acquired a lot of fine whisky at very reasonable prices. For anybody who is interested, please message me and I wlll be happy to discuss further...

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

For questionable or over-the-hill low-peat malt whiskies, I like to add the Universal Solvent, Grant's Family Reserve.

The result is usually not as good as Grant's alone, but it often makes the other whiskies much more drinkable.

8 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills replied

Guys, why do you buy whisky you don't like? :D

8 years ago 0

Rigmorole replied

bad Scotch makes good irish coffee. Also, the following foods are great with scotch: buffalo wings, barbecue sauce, maple syrup, pecan pie, seafood or chicken gumbo, bread pudding, oatmeal cookies, babyback ribs. I rarely end up with bad scotch anymore For myself but I do use my low grade scotch (reserved for guests with no taste or appreciation) in food before it goes bad. Even turned scotch often tastes good in food.

8 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills replied

@rigmorole Wow you made me really hungry over here. Slainte to all of you, drinking some fine Aberlour 10 while watching Barca winning ^_^

8 years ago 1Who liked this?

@valuewhisky
valuewhisky replied

I used to be dedicated about toughing it out and drinking any bottle I bought... but somewhere along the way I got too free-handed with the kitchen sink and now that's where most of the stuff I don't want to drink ends up. A combination of enjoying buying whisky and only drinking it two nights a week...

8 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot replied

@valuewhisky Why would you do such a thing... be creative! Or leave it on the streets for the local bums haha, they´d love it!

8 years ago 1Who liked this?

jnaks replied

@Wills Because we try too many new things. There aren't free samples or even bars with all the spirits. And to be honest, with bar prices the way they are, sometimes a 750mL bottle is the same price as a double full dram -- the popularity makes a difference, but you get what I mean.

8 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills replied

@jnaks Yeah ofc I understand you. Also the point with the expensive bar prices. I was just fooling around, like mostly ;)

8 years ago 0

@Rantavahti
Rantavahti replied

Thanks for the tips so far, there's quite a few to test. @PeatyZealot I totally agree with your statement about bad whiskey, in the words of a legendary Finnish metal group Peer Günt: "Bad whiskey is better than wine!" (sorry for all the wine drinkers out there...)

Sometimes when I give critique to a fairly decent whisky, I can't help it but I feel like bit of a twat. Remembering my whiskey drinking roots and all the "bad" whiskey I've drank, brings me lots of good memories and hangovers, regards "Couple of bottles of Long John under the Spanish sun"

8 years ago 0

@WhiskyBee
WhiskyBee replied

I reviewed Auchentoshan Classic and mentioned that I regard it as the only truly bad whisky in my cabinet. I've tried a few experiments and, believe me, nothing improves it. That flavor of dirty coins doused with lighter fluid shines through no matter the addition of anything from sherry bomb to peat monster. It's now replaced Johnnie Walker Red as my go-to whisky for pouring over cuts and dog bites.

8 years ago 0

@JoeVelo
JoeVelo replied

highball for hot summer nights. keep the bottle in the freezer. in a tall glass, pour 1 1/2 ounce of whisky, 1 1/2 ounce of your homemade syrup (1/2 cup of sugar; 1/2 cup of water; ginger or citrus peel or both or cinnamon or whatever you feel will be great; simmer for 3 minutes; let cool and filter); dash of bitters; dash of lime juice and fill the glass with soda water. if you are using ginger ale or 7up, miss the syrup.

8 years ago 0

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