Feb 17, 2011 at 10:21 am #1269302
I love brown liquid when I'm home, AND when I'm on the trail. Yes, I try to take light containers and manageable amounts — but I always have some delicious whisky/whiskey with me. While I love single malt and have a fine collection at home of peaty island malts (Laphroigs, Lagavulins, Taliskers, Ardbegs, etc.), my pallet is just as happy with good ol' Jack Daniels, Makers Mark, or Knob Creek on the trail. I've even been know to love a good Jameson or Bushmills in me wee plastic flask — or, rarer still, the silky smooth of a blended Canadian.
What's your choice?Feb 17, 2011 at 11:05 am #1697885
While I am not a drinker or an expert on whiskeys by any means, I enjoy fine beers. I hope to someday taste the top 50 in the world from beeradvocate.com. As far as whiskey, Makers Mark. But again, not a big drinker.Feb 17, 2011 at 11:18 am #1697896
@lschrockLocale: The plain states
Lagavulin +1. Aberlour of any variety is also an excellent choice.Feb 17, 2011 at 11:24 am #1697902
Glad to hear I'm not the only one who partakes on the trail! My mick blood runs deep so my go to is always the Jameson. Great on it's own, great in coffee. I was going to suggest Alberta premium, a real rye whiskey, but I just read that it isn't sold south of the 49th. Shame.
I carry mine in a 500 ml plastic Israeli army issue canteen that's just heavier than an oz, if my memory serves me correct. I got 2 on eBay for around 5 bucks. Works great, never leaks.Feb 17, 2011 at 11:27 am #1697909
You have the most interesting profile picture i've ever seen on here, congrats. Also i must admit, when i take alcohol-which is only in the case someone else wants to drink who im hiking with. We being ultralighters try to get the most bang for the buck-everclear AKA the legend killer.Feb 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm #1697928
Ah, Aberlour is definitely a fine scotch. But my go to at the moment is 21-year-old Glenfiddich. Fine stuff. 18-year in a pinch, or if I plan on sharing. I don't share the 21…..Feb 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm #1697931
@atomickLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
'85 Glenrothes or Michter's Bourbon. Love the AH Hirsch but the place burned down, no more to be had…keep your eyes open, the 16-year reserve is insane. I love the peaty goodness but my tentmates ain't havin' it in close quarters. :-) (Ardbeg FTW on that front)Feb 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm #1697941
Makers Mark is not a whiskey. It is a bourbon. Symantecs.
I usually go for single malt's namely Speyside's or Islay's. I will usually pick a night on a trip and indulge a little. This adds to the enjoyment of a day of hard hiking.Feb 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm #1697958
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
If i'm in the mood for a session, Balvenie Doublewood is my current favourite.Feb 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm #1697960
Ah, the Balvenie, another truly fine scotch.
So much scotch, so little liver function…….Feb 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm #1697961
Now you're talking! Love some Balvenie right about now. It is pouring down rain and dreary outside. Great for some single malt!Feb 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm #1697962
In the interest of weight savings, I forgo my beloved Jack Daniel's for Wild Turkey (101 proof vs 80).Feb 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm #1697965
@christownsendLocale: Cairngorms National Park
Balvenie Doublewood is a good one, Mike. But although I live in Strathspey with many Speyside distilleries not far away I prefer Islay malts. My current favourite is Ardbeg Uigeadail. If I take whisky on the trail, which is rare, it's usually Black Bottle, an excellent blend (if you like Islay whisky).Feb 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm #1697978
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
I like Islay malts, but only a glass or two. I prefer something lighter if i intend to do some damage to a bottle. :)
Talisker is about my limit as far as peat goes.
I always carry whisky when sleeping out. There's something basic about being on top of a hill half smashed when you're on your own.! :)Feb 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm #1697990
+1 on bringing extra whisky when solo backpacking (especially if its Ardbeg uigeadail)Feb 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm #1697995
Nothing. Drinking would distort the experience.Feb 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm #1698001
Aberlour — Cast strength?Feb 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm #1698002
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
High West. Because it's good. From Utah. Good whiskey from Utah. Utah, whiskey.Feb 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm #1698005
@hechoendetroitLocale: South Kak
"Drinking would distort the experience."
Makers Mark is my trail beverage of choice. I'll even bring it in the glass sometimes despite the extra weight -GASP-Feb 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm #1698010
I am no expert and more of a beer drinker but I believe Bourbon is the only true American style whiskey. And for someone who grew up in the southeast it is my only choice. Jim Beam, Jim Beam Black, and Evan Williams will work unless I have a bit more money. Jack Daniels certainly has the best marketing even though it is not a true ……..
I recently heard an interview with the author of Booze Hound who said $50 will get you a so so bottle of scotch or an excellent bottle of bourbon, so when in Rome…Feb 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm #1698013
I prefer Cognac or Tequila, though they all get the job done. I do bring beer too. What good is it to have saved all this weight if we can't live a little? Distort the experience? LSD would be an excellent ultralight choice for that.Feb 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm #1698015
Jeff, bourbon is truely an American experience. Beam makes some wonderful bourbons, especially the Beam Black that you mentioned. Beam also makes a Rye whiskey that is delicious too. If I were to have a choice between Beam and Jack, I will take Beam everytime.Feb 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm #1698016
and for those that enjoy rye whiskey….Try Rye 1…..Wow!
It is a little pricey, but well worth it if you can find it.Feb 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm #1698025
The best bourbon I've tried so far is Elijah Craig 18 year. Unfortunately, my local beverage superstore quit stocking it. For pure punch though, you can't beat some shine. I like it with a peach in it.Feb 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm #1698026
I'm now excited to try some good rye. Thanks for the inspiration.
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