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All of the ingredients in a cocktail contribute to the experience.


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Old 11-10-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Had some of my vanilla infusion with ginger beer, followed by a glass of Mt. Gay XO with mineral water and lime.
I am always amazed how different waters affect the taste of the rum in my glass. Old ice cubes are probably the worst.
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I am always amazed how different waters affect the taste of the rum in my glass. Old ice cubes are probably the worst.
LOL! I'm running my dishwasher *just* to wash out the ice cubes trays since I forgot to buy good ice...

I tried rinsing the trays with hot water and soap in the sink, but they still stink. So they went into the dishwasher. I'm seriously thinking about heading out just to get a bag of ice....


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Buy ice?! Thats preposterous!
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Buy ice?! Thats preposterous!
Take some ice cubes out of your freezer and put them in a glass. Let them melt. Now pour a glass of fresh tap water and compare the two. If they taste the same then you're a lucky man, or you keep nothing in your freezer except ice.

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I filter my ice cube water through a Brita, and make sure I wash the trays in very hot water before refilling.
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Take some ice cubes out of your freezer and put them in a glass. Let them melt. Now pour a glass of fresh tap water and compare the two. If they taste the same then you're a lucky man, or you keep nothing in your freezer except ice.

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There was a tiny difference in taste but you wouldn't notice it if you really didn't concentrate.
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Ice cube trays are notorious for collecting calcium and other mineral scale from your municipal water supply. Over time this build up seriously affects the ice from your freezer. On the other hand, ice left in a freezer will suffer from freezer burn the same as meat and other food stored in a freezer without being properly packaged. In this age of frostless freezers it's hard to find frost inside a freezer but if you can find some, thaw it in a glass and you'll be able to taste the effect of leaving ice in the freezer too long.
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Great topic. I keep Ozarka on hand. I wasn't able to drink water for the majority of my life. One Christmas, my mother bought me a case of Evian in hopes I would begin drinking water. I downed the case like mad.

Since I thought I was now a water drinker, I bought a case of bottled water. I rarely finished any of the bottles I opened. Upon further inspection, I discovered I'd purchased filtered water. I next tried a case of spring water. Much better. After extensive comparisons, I found I like Ozarka spring water best.

If I am going to add water to a spirit, it will be Ozarka. Anything else I add detracts from the flavor. I've even done blind tastings of different waters and ice made with different waters. I can tell every time.

As a result, I only use spring water for mixing. It makes a big difference. Most importantly, it makes a difference I can discern.

Once again, great topic.
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I'm not a water drinker really, and never have been. I have a strong preference for carbonation, so seltzer is far more likely to be consumed than water. And I'm not one to pay $1.50 for a pint of water. Brita filters have always sufficed for me, but I just need to get the city-water tastes out.

I have never though about trying different waters. I just may have to give it shot.
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I`m a orchid grower and grow my plants in a large wardian case at home, so I have a reverse osmosis device and that water tastes very good and I use it to make ice as well. A bit odd maybe..but I have orchid growing friends who use it for tea and coffee and swear by it..so in our world its normal..

I wrote this in the essentials thread as well. I think that ice made with good water is important just as to drink good water, its quite a difference between waters..I don`t use reverse osmosis water exclusively but I also buy bottled water without carbo, just to get the minerals.
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