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January 31st, 2008


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09:41 pm
Say "Whiskey Sour" and most people picture a drink with an umbrella and/or a dyed-red cherry.

Instead...
Mix:
2 oz Ardbeg Single-Malt Islay Scotch
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 squirt Blue Agave nectar

Stir to combine (or shake)
Garnish with 1/4 frozen lemon instead of ice.

THAT! My friends. Is a true Whiskey Sour.
mood: cheerfulcheerful

(19 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:catya
Date:February 1st, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
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mmmmmmmmm. :)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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mmmm hmmm!
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From:klingonlandlady
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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Yum!
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From:wanderyng1
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
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I drink mine similarly only I hold the lemon juice, lemon, ice, and agave nectar.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I drink scotch that way too, most of the time.

I'm not loving this Ardbeg when drunk neat or even on ice. I'm unclear as to why the stuff's got such a following. Won't be buying it again.
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From:wanderyng1
Date:February 1st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I always found Ardberg to possess some of the flavors that I like in Scotch, but not in the right ratios to make it an enjoyable drink. I can totally understand why you're mixing it.

If you haven't already, give the Macallan 12-year a try. It has more smokiness and bite than the Ardberg, but much less briny after-taste (which is part of what I dislike about the Ardberg). I tend to like very smoky Scotch, so I also enjoy Laphraoig. That one is sometimes a bit *too* smoky for most folks. I like to lie back and sip it in my imaginary peat bog.

Edited at 2008-02-01 03:30 pm (UTC)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Macallan's like "default" scotch to me. It's not great, certainly not bad, and is just sort of good.
I can dig Laphraoig when I really want the smoky, but I'd never splash out for a full bottle of it.

My favorite is one of the lesser known Islays, Caol Ila in the 12 year. The 18's good, just a little alcoholy for drinking neat.
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From:wanderyng1
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, Macallan is my go-to Scotch. I keep it in the house for when I'm in the mood for a decent Scotch that I know I enjoy.

I don't think I've ever tried any of the Islays, I'll have to give them a shot (pun intended) some time.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Ardbeg and Lafroaig are both Islays. ;-)
http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/DR_IsleOfIslay_EN.shtml
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From:wanderyng1
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Ah I see...I assumed that "Islay" was a brand, rather than a description of its birthplace. In that case, I have indeed sampled a few ;)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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See above comment...
This Ardbeg's just not my cup of tea, usually I use cheaper stuff for mixing. ;-)
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From:kivrin
Date:February 1st, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
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OH MY GOSH

THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
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OMG WTF LOLLYPOP! *giggle*

It is, in fact, so good. ^_^
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From:coraline
Date:February 1st, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
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dude, i just had a whiskey sour with dinner. it was tasty but not anywhere near as good as i imagine that would be.

you should make one one sometime :)
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Done and done.

It's a pet crusade of mine to remove 'sours mix' from the pantries of the ones I care about.
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From:gatz
Date:February 2nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)

I just saw that stuff

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...the agave stuff, I mean. On the shelf in Trader Joe's. I thought to myself, "what would I use that with?" Now my thought to you is, "What other drinks can you use that with?" :)

I discovered (through mixing for a friend) that even with the dyed cherry, I can make a damn good Manhattan with Irish whiskey (Black Bush) instead of the traditional bourbon.

And speaking of, in my trip to upstate NY last week I found this, along with the rye from the same distillery. Now I just need a Special Occation(R) to open them for.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:February 2nd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)

Re: I just saw that stuff

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ooo, that sounds tasty!
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From:gatz
Date:February 2nd, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)

Re: I just saw that stuff

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Which one? :D

But in seriousness, I'll be cracking the Hudson bottles in 2 weeks when my friend Tom comes up to visit, whom you met at BwOhhhh, waitaminit, no you didn't.... ;) I'm kidding. I apologize--had to get that in there. Srs bzns, you should pencil in 2/16 for a whiskey night.

Cuz d'ere gon' be one. :)
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