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Unread 05-24-2011, 04:00 PM   #16
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Nope, I've never tried smoking my whiskey. On the other hand my whiskey has smoked me a time or few.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 04:12 PM   #17
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Maker's Mark is one of the few "decent" whiskeys I've had that I just cannot drink. It comes off harsh and just unappealing compared to most. I realize I'm probably in a very small minority on this one. Still, give my Irish whiskey or something like Knob Creek over MM any day!

I do like scotch and can see the appeal of adding more smoke flavor, but I guess my inclination would be to reach for a bottle of something smokier to begin with. Seems like they are really trying to capitalize on the novelty/gimmick here.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 04:27 PM   #18
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I've seen on YouTube, people using handheld cold smokers (can't remember the brand name) to infuse the smoke into a container of whiskey/bourbon for a few minutes. The devise is also used by cooks to smoke other foods very quickly.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #19
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Go buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker Green Label. All sorts of smoke flavor, already added, and you don't run the risk of spillage or evaporation.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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Unread 05-24-2011, 06:39 PM   #20
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Go buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker Green Label.
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All good if you like to pay a hefty premium for a very average blend that tastes like Johnny Walker.





Just my 2 cents worth.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 07:31 PM   #21
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Ok, what's a good smoked scotch? Not trying to sound nasty. If I can save a few bucks, I'm all about that!!

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Unread 05-24-2011, 07:55 PM   #22
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Ok, what's a good smoked scotch? Not trying to sound nasty. If I can save a few bucks, I'm all about that!!

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If you want a smokey scotch you want an islay and in my opinion there are no bargains. Several are great (give me some caol ila, lagavulin, of laphroig anyday) but you're not finding any bargains.
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Unread 05-24-2011, 08:42 PM   #23
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Interesting idea in theory, but it seems a little silly to me. You could get the same effect by adding a few drops of liquid smoke to the bottle. All they do to produce it is pass smoke through water and filter out the ashes/tar (I'm pretty sure that's all they do, don't quote me though). Exposing perfectly good booze to dry, hot air will cause a lot of the stuff you want to evaporate.

Although this does give me ideas... smoked garnishes like cherries or olives might be interesting for a manhattan or whatever else you like.

If I were to ever try this, I think smoked vodka with some smoked peppers would make a mean bloody mary. I think I'm gonna do this the next time I bbq... smoked peppers for a bloody maria... makin me thirsty just thinking about it.
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Great idea!





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If you want a smokey scotch you want an islay and in my opinion there are no bargains. Several are great (give me some caol ila, lagavulin, of laphroig anyday) but you're not finding any bargains.
Three of my favorites Try Laphroig Quarter Cask for an even more prominent smoke experience. I'd rather share one bottle of fine whiskey than drink 4 bottles of bargain whiskey but that's like just my opinion...
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I don't know how I came across this thread, but those of you that are into scotch whisky, have you seen the tasting group stuff?

For a cheap way to add some Islay peat flavor, try Black Bottle, a blend that contains lots of Islay malts, with a lower level of grain alcohol.
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gimmick to sell more booze :)

most lures are designed for the fisherman to buy....
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I'll give it a try.
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Actually, I use the Wasmund's instead of vodka... Adds some character.
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Hello,

This is my first post, and I know I am late to the party. But it is a topic close to my heart.

First up, for the purposes of full disclosure I love heavily peated scotch; Octomore Comus is my absolute favourite. But I also love American whiskey, so why not add a bit of smoke.

Recently I have played with smoking a few Bourbons. My current favourite is mesquite and pecan smoke. Takes about a minute using a smoke gun and cream whipper, with no loss of spirit and adds massive of intense smoke flavour. The result is great in cocktails.

I don't use this method, but worth a watch: http://youtu.be/7wQ5JhbsF-g

I get that it is not for the purist, and I won't be smoking my van winkle 15 anytime soon, but fun to play with flavour.
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