Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Trollied Tuesday: Whisky on ice

Good news from the expedition to find Shackleton's lost supplies of Scotch. They've found it.

I don't think anyone would have begrudge the expedition team opening one bottle to celebrate. Of course it would be pretty well chilled, which would not meet with the approval of the purists.

Balls to the purists, frankly. They manage to suck the joy out of things. The sort of mindset the insists whisky must be drunk with a set amount of water and frowns on the use of ice is a classic example of that.

Of course you don't want so much ice that it dilutes the drink when it melts, but I find the combination of fiery spirit and ice to be a pleasant combination, with the cold sharpening and intensifying the warming qualities of the whisky (in much the same way the vodka is so much better out of the freezer). It doesn't work with all whiskies of course, but I reckon whisky and ice would be ideal for the South Pole.

Possibly accompanied by a few songs from Shackleton's native land.

Some men take delight in their carriages and rolling
Others take delight in the hurling and the bowling,
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early.

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