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Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey on 02/17/2011 11:21:09 MST Print View

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?

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
Whiskey - Makers Mark on 02/17/2011 12:05:30 MST Print View

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 As far as whiskey, Makers Mark. But again, not a big drinker.

Edited by isaac.mouser on 02/17/2011 22:02:43 MST.

Landon Schrock
(lschrock) - F

Locale: Ozarks
mmm... on 02/17/2011 12:18:27 MST Print View

Lagavulin +1. Aberlour of any variety is also an excellent choice.

. ..
Trail whiskey on 02/17/2011 12:24:57 MST Print View

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.

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
Landon on 02/17/2011 12:27:38 MST Print View

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.

Edited by isaac.mouser on 02/17/2011 12:28:12 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: mmm... on 02/17/2011 13:30:48 MST Print View

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.....

Nathan Moody
(atomick) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: mmm... on 02/17/2011 13:38:46 MST Print View

'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)

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: mmm... on 02/17/2011 14:03:49 MST Print View

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.

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Mmmmm. on 02/17/2011 14:40:47 MST Print View

If i'm in the mood for a session, Balvenie Doublewood is my current favourite.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Mmmmm. on 02/17/2011 14:42:41 MST Print View

Ah, the Balvenie, another truly fine scotch.

So much scotch, so little liver function.......

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Mmmmm. on 02/17/2011 14:42:59 MST Print View

Now you're talking! Love some Balvenie right about now. It is pouring down rain and dreary outside. Great for some single malt!

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Red-eye whuskey on 02/17/2011 14:43:58 MST Print View

In the interest of weight savings, I forgo my beloved Jack Daniel's for Wild Turkey (101 proof vs 80).

Chris Townsend
(Christownsend) - MLife

Locale: Cairngorms National Park
Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey on 02/17/2011 14:46:00 MST Print View

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).

Diplomatic Mike

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
Mmmm on 02/17/2011 15:03:13 MST Print View

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.! :)

Evan McCarthy
(evanrussia) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey on 02/17/2011 15:23:10 MST Print View

+1 on bringing extra whisky when solo backpacking (especially if its Ardbeg uigeadail)

Edited by evanrussia on 02/17/2011 15:24:48 MST.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey on 02/17/2011 15:37:59 MST Print View

Nothing. Drinking would distort the experience.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: mmm...mmm on 02/17/2011 15:47:12 MST Print View

Aberlour -- Cast strength?

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Most Beloved Trail Whisky/Whiskey on 02/17/2011 15:49:09 MST Print View

High West. Because it's good. From Utah. Good whiskey from Utah. Utah, whiskey.

Steve O
(HechoEnDetroit) - F

Locale: South Kak
lol? on 02/17/2011 15:52:56 MST Print View

"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-

Edited by HechoEnDetroit on 02/17/2011 16:01:32 MST.

Jeff Hollis
(hyperslug) - MLife
Bourbon on 02/17/2011 16:12:03 MST Print View

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...