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whiskey & oysters

I've heard that raw oysters and whiskey are friends. Is this really true? It seems odd to me. I usually drink a wheat or kolsch beer with raw oysters.

If so what kind of whiskey is recommended? Bourbon, scotch, rye?

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  1. Ick.

    I'd rather stick with white wine, champagne, beer, or even any of a dozen cocktails.

    Whiskey and oysters just sounds wrong.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      Beer is the ticket. If there is anything better than oysters and cold lager on a hot summer day, I don't know what it is.

    2. Yes! Rye whiskey straight or whiskey soda. But even better are oysters with a Manhattan or Sazerac.

      1. Good sake, nicely chilled, is my choice for raw oysters.

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        1. A smoky Scotch, like a Laphroaig or Lagavulin is wonderful with raw oysters. Put a few drops right on the oyster.

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          1. re: sku

            I like Scotch with sushi, so thinks makes sense to me.

            1. re: EvergreenDan

              I always favored wine or beer or a martini; I would have thought that whisky would overpower oysters. But one evening, warming up in the saloon of the Grand Central Oyster Bar with a Scottish whisky, we later decided to order up some oysters, and WOW it was a fantastic combo.

          2. All great!! We had some oysters with pepper infused vodka last night. Quite good!!