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kateric
10-27-2009, 15:56
Sometimes I just don't know which to put in my glass? So, I taste through my opens. Very surprised that tonight i 'need' the Handy. Anyone else's favorite change from time-to-time? Tonight the contenders were Pappy 15 and 20 (each for their own features), my beloved 120th Anniv Four Roses, and Parker's Heritage), but there's just something about my '06 Handy tonight! Great balance, kick-&*! rye flavor, and nice dry finish!

sailor22
10-27-2009, 16:59
I love it when you get the right juice for the moment. When you miss it is so disapointing and when you get t right it is so...... RIGHT!.

BBQ+Bourbon
10-27-2009, 19:45
It's great when you have the perfect bourbon on hand for the moment. Tonight that perfect pour for me was Lot B and 06 OWA 50:50.

This mix is hard to beat in my book.

ggilbertva
10-27-2009, 20:08
Sometimes I just don't know which to put in my glass? So, I taste through my opens. Very surprised that tonight i 'need' the Handy. Anyone else's favorite change from time-to-time? Tonight the contenders were Pappy 15 and 20 (each for their own features), my beloved 120th Anniv Four Roses, and Parker's Heritage), but there's just something about my '06 Handy tonight! Great balance, kick-&*! rye flavor, and nice dry finish!

You're drinking all the top shelf stuff so you can't go too wrong with any of those pours. The '06 Handy is always pleasing.

sailor22
10-28-2009, 05:56
Lot B and 06 OWA 50:50

That sound good! - I'll be trying that soon.

kateric
10-28-2009, 07:17
I haven't started 'vatting' my stuff yet, but that does sound like a nice combo... guess the OWA kicks it up a notch while keeping the sweetness maybe? ...Slight twinge of a headache this AM 'cause that Handy drew me in - but such is the price I pay for being female on the lower weight spectrum... it's a cryin' shame that I can't enjoy more than 1 - 2 oz at the time!

ggilbertva
10-28-2009, 07:24
I haven't started 'vatting' my stuff yet, but that does sound like a nice combo... guess the OWA kicks it up a notch while keeping the sweetness maybe? ...Slight twinge of a headache this AM 'cause that Handy drew me in - but such is the price I pay for being female on the lower weight spectrum... it's a cryin' shame that I can't enjoy more than 1 - 2 oz at the time!

Kate - are you gulping or sipping? :grin:

Did you cut the Handy or take it at full strength? A little dab a water to bring the proof down might make a difference. Also, when I'm enjoying a dram or two, I always have a glass of water as a chaser to keep myself hydrated. Just some suggestions.

kateric
10-28-2009, 07:37
'Quick Sipping', Greg :) No, I do as you do - the water chaser... can't bear to dilute when I have such a great bourbon/scotch in my glass! Don't want to weaken/lose/change any of those perfect flavors!

ggilbertva
10-28-2009, 11:26
'Quick Sipping', Greg :) No, I do as you do - the water chaser... can't bear to dilute when I have such a great bourbon/scotch in my glass! Don't want to weaken/lose/change any of those perfect flavors!

May be true for some but don't forget that sometimes the higher proof can mask the more subtle flavors. As an experiment, cut just a little, say 10 proof points and try that, continue to do that and you may notice other flavors popping out as the alcohol is pushed more to the background. The nice thing is about barrel strength bottles is you can play with the proof to see how the whiskey changes.

unclebunk
10-28-2009, 11:38
May be true for some but don't forget that sometimes the higher proof can mask the more subtle flavors. As an experiment, cut just a little, say 10 proof points and try that, continue to do that and you may notice other flavors popping out as the alcohol is pushed more to the background. The nice thing is about barrel strength bottles is you can play with the proof to see how the whiskey changes.

All very true. It's not about being able to "handle" the barrel strength whiskeys or not wanting to "dilute" them, so much as attempting to get the most flavor out of each pour. And for me, that sometimes involves adding just a touch of water. I know some folks insist that the addition of small amounts of water has never improved a bourbon's aroma/flavor in their experience, but I've definitely improved a number of pours by doing it, so you may wish to try it and you can always abandon it if it doesn't work for you.

Virus_Of_Life
10-28-2009, 11:47
...Slight twinge of a headache this AM 'cause that Handy drew me in - but such is the price I pay for being female on the lower weight spectrum... it's a cryin' shame that I can't enjoy more than 1 - 2 oz at the time!

With Handy being in the uncut/unfiltered vein it will bring on that headache more easily than a typical whiskey. It took me a little while to learn that lesson when I first discovered Stagg, a painful lesson it was at times, but the sediment in these bottles can really cause a doozy the next morning if you're not careful.

I too was tipping the '06 Handy last night. It is a favorite, and when it is open I tend to not be able to avoid it.

ggilbertva
10-28-2009, 12:27
All very true. It's not about being able to "handle" the barrel strength whiskeys or not wanting to "dilute" them, so much as attempting to get the most flavor out of each pour. And for me, that sometimes involves adding just a touch of water. I know some folks insist that the addition of small amounts of water has never improved a bourbon's aroma/flavor in their experience, but I've definitely improved a number of pours by doing it, so you may wish to try it and you can always abandon it if it doesn't work for you.

Well said Hank. I've found that it's not a matter of the whiskey improving but simply changing the dynamic within various proofs.

kateric
10-28-2009, 18:28
Interesting observation, Christian... I never thought of that uncut/nonchill aspect! Makes perfect sense! (Maybe I'll cut back a tad when having those types in the future - makes me feel like not such a lightweight anymore :) ... Cheers to you for our sharing the same spirit last night!

fishnbowljoe
10-28-2009, 21:40
Speaking of Handy, (:grin: ) took an 08 sample with me to bowling tonight, along with a few others from the BTAC. Needless to say, a good time was had by all. Joe