Originally Posted by Nodogoshi
Would you say scotch is best enjoyed room temperature?
I do like whiskey on the rocks, but it seems もったいない when you get toward the bottom of a cup and you're drinking a watered down product. Just straight out of the bottle with no ice always seems like the best way to enjoy the full flavor of a whiskey.
You're never supposed to drink scotch on the rocks, it waters it down and dilutes the flavor (other whiskeys are fine on the rocks imo, though I'm not really a fan of many). For most single malts you should put one or two drops of water in them at room temperature to open up the flavor a bit. I've wondered about experimenting with a chilled bottle as I do generally prefer cold drinks.
I primarily like Isle of Islay scotches, which are considered somewhat of an acquired taste even for regular scotch drinkers (heavily ash/peat flavored, they taste totally different from other varieties). Dunno if I'd recommend it to most people, but I'm not really a fan of most single malts as they taste too much like whiskey for my liking. In fact I hated most of the more standard scotches I had first.