Whisky Plus Water - It's Science!

I was just reading an article on Consumer Reports about drinking whisky with water - and was a little surprised that they suggested at first that most whisky lovers drink it neat. I don't know about American style Bourbon whiskey,  but I do know that the preferred way to drink Scottish whisky among those who love the product is with a bit of plain water to taste.

Anyway, the point of the article was to indicate that science has caught up with the aficionados, and suggests the "best" way to drink scotch is with water. 

They found that ethanol molecules and guaiacol molecules tend to stick together, and are both “hydrophobic” — which means that don’t mix uniformly with water.
The researchers’ simulations aimed to determine at what ethanol levels had the most impact on guaiacol, or rather, the taste and smell of whiskey.

Now of course you can and should drink it however you like,  the only point was to suggest that the whisky/water combination is better to enjoy the aromas and flavors present in a good Scottish whisky.

Slàinte mhòr !

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