Burning Question: Does adding a splash of water really make whiskey taste better? (via Monterey County Weekly)

You know how climate change deniers have a talent for ignoring evidence? Generally, that’s a bad idea. Yet when it comes to whiskey, avoiding expert advice makes perfect sense.

If anyone could ruin a good afternoon of drinking, it’s these guys.

Why should we dribble some water in our whiskey? Well, according to a report released last year by Bjorn Karlsson and Ran Friedman—scientists at Linnaeus University’s Center for Biomaterials Chemistry—the amount of ethanol in the spirit effects the actions of guaiacol. Writing in Whiskey Advocate, Charles K. Cowdery notes that phenols, lactones, acetaldehydes and other compounds are drawn to water.

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