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@RianC
RianC started a discussion

Having been reading (and contributing to) this site for a while now it's obvious that there are many different tastes, preferences etc when it comes to whisk(e)y, and a good job too!

However, I've been wondering how people like to enjoy their whisky: Do you like a quiet candle lit room? Is it a sacred event with a fixed routine, favourite chair, fireside etc? Do you just grab a bottle and 'go for it'? And so on and so on . . .

I guess it depends on many situational aspects but I suppose everyone has their preferred way?

For me, I can usually squeeze an hour or two of quiet time after we've put the little 'un to bed. This is my dram time and I usually find I'll either listen to music (a particular interest in fiddle music currently for some reason - must be calling me from my roots ;) - from the US and Britain) or watch a film or something golf related. Rock and Roll, eh!?

If I were with whisky friends, which is basically my brother in law or my Mum/Dad currently, we'd probably get nattering about who knows what; I do like a deep and meaningful conversation but after a few the quality usually suffers, but the enjoyment increases!

6 years ago

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@Victor
Victor replied

The only thing I am fussy about with respect to drinking whisky is having a convex glass which allows the nose to be observed. My preferred go-to glass is a medium-sized brandy snifter, but a Glencairn is certainly adequate. We own a bunch of different glasses in at least 12 different styles.

I love to share the experience of whisky with others, but have no trouble enjoying whisky alone.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

I would say that pretty much all of my best dram experiences have been with other people, whether whisky aficionados or simply friends.

I still remember the first time I sipped bourbon, Basil Haydon's, out under the stars in a cool night with someone playing the guitar and the rest of us huddled together with blankets. It was a plastic cup.

For serious appreciation of whisky, I prefer a Glencairn (regular or occasionally mini), Kentucky Bourbon glass, occasionally a Canadian whisky glass, and quite often a small brandy snifter.

I like something bold and less complex if I'm trying to do work, something lighter and more light if I'm just relaxing and reading and something in between if I'm watching a show.

I find that almost universally, any dram I enjoy will taste better when shared with friends.

6 years ago 3Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor replied

Echoing @Nozinan a bit, the thing I like the most of all is sitting with 8-12 other experienced whisky-loving friends for about 12 hours and comparing notes on about 30 whiskies. We've done this quite a few times with Connosr members in Ontario.

I've done this with my friend @Nock alone about 6-8 times.

6 years ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

When I first 'got serious' I used a small brandy glass/snifter. I'm a bit clumsy at times and found I was prone to breaking them when cleaning. I use a Glencairn mostly but will occasionally have a standard bourbon in a rocks glass. My new taylor'd Milestone over size Glencairns are perfect for that but when it comes to 'appreciation' the Glencairn works best for me.

I agree that a whisky shared with friends/family is best and how it should be drunk, imo!

6 years ago 0

@OdysseusUnbound

I appreciate solitary and social drams. I like to taste a new whisky alone. It allows me to focus on scents, tastes, textures without distractions. I like to read while having a casual dram. Anything from Kurt Vonnegut to Lawrence Krauss. When I’m with others, I can talk pretty much endlessly (as @Nozinan can probably confirm). What can I say? I’m a teacher: we love to hear our own voices. As for glassware, I’m only picky when I really want to “evaluate” a whisky. In those cases, the Glencairn is my go-to. But I have several rocks type glasses (some convex, some less so) that do the job just fine when I’m in a social setting.

6 years ago 2Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie replied

As things start to get a bit nuts during the silly season here is something soothing for the mind. I think I'll be having a quiet dram tonight while listening to these sounds of Wick by Old Pulteney.

Their blurb says "Christmas: the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for giving, and for celebrating with family and friends… but it’s often full of bustle and noise. So, this festive season, we’re here to help you slow down and take a break. A deep breath. To smell the sea air. Our Sounds of Wick soundtrack pulls together the soothing sounds of our hometown on the UK’s most northerly coast - from the tranquil lapping of sea waves, to birds calling, and the gentle trickle of barley being poured in our distillery. This Christmas, let it slow."

I hope you enjoy it too. youtube.com/watch/…

4 years ago 3Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@Hewie I'd give my right arm to take a solitary walk on that beach right now!

4 years ago 3Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@RianC isn’t that your drinking arm? wink

4 years ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC replied

@BlueNote - One can use both for such things grin

4 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@RianC Its good to be ambidramsterous.

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