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Old Dusty
03-17-2013, 12:01
What small bites or palate cleansers do you put out with a bourbon tasting?

HP12
03-17-2013, 15:56
Chocolate, BBQ meats, certain cheese's, fruit/fruit pie to list a few.

Tony
03-17-2013, 16:10
I am a big fan of various types of cheeses and crackers, also like to have a bottle of water.

Best regards, Tony

WAINWRIGHT
03-17-2013, 16:28
Saltine Crackers and various types of Bread as a palate cleanser with water in between tastings always seems to work for me.

Old Dusty
03-17-2013, 16:58
Thanks for the responses. Was thinking maybe something smokey like smoked almonds or smoked Gouda as well to pick up on the barrel char. Maybe candied pecans as well. Or will food that mimics some of the flavors of the bourbon mask it too much?

ChainWhip
03-17-2013, 21:42
I think it was LostBottle that mentioned Peanut Butter before drinking Rye:

http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?18465-What-Rye-Are-You-Drinking-Autumn-2012&p=308938&viewfull=1#post308938

Seems like its worth giving a try

Tico
03-17-2013, 21:46
Wine or bourbon, sparkling water always seems to do a better job vs still water

squire
03-17-2013, 21:46
French bread rounds and bottled water.

AnotherCigarGuy
09-29-2013, 11:37
Resurrected this, instead of starting a new thread.....
So, what specific snacks are you serving with you pours?
Dried fruit? Crackers? Bread with any type of spread?
Which cheeses? I'm thinking a baked apricot or raspberry Brie?
The peanut butter suggestion was interesting. Actually, I've enjoyed hummus.

theglobalguy
09-29-2013, 11:42
Usually when i'm pouring it's to enjoy the bourbon as is and not with a meal. If snacks are served it's usually snacks as the focus and picking a Rye/Bourbon that will compliment and not the other way around.

Oh, and to echo some of the above...lots of water between pours.

squire
09-29-2013, 21:09
Don't eat on an empty stomach.

AnotherCigarGuy
09-30-2013, 05:06
Don't eat on an empty stomach.

Got it! I never eat until I'm full.

hn4bourbon
09-30-2013, 13:10
I usually start out with just the drink by itself. Later on in the night, I find garlic salted/flavored peanuts work really well with Bourbon. I have also found that I have enjoyed my bourbons better after a meal with corn in it:) I don't know if it was just a coincidence with my taste buds those few times but I've found a more delightful experience after having steamed corn, servings of chili that my wife made that is heavy on corn, and corn casserole. I wonder if any of you have had similar experience.

Paddy
09-30-2013, 15:49
My experience is that nothing goes better with bourbon than a good cigar.:rolleyes:

ChainWhip
09-30-2013, 16:58
Peanut butter - works even better with Ryes (this idea came from LB)

AnotherCigarGuy
10-01-2013, 10:53
My experience is that nothing goes better with bourbon than a good cigar.:rolleyes:

Goes without saying but I'm glad you said it! Couldn't agree more. Only area it is lacking in
is absorption of excess spirits.........

AnotherCigarGuy
10-06-2013, 07:59
How about corn chips? Salty, and corn is in most whiskeys and all bourbons?

smokinjoe
10-06-2013, 17:34
Fudgesicles go well with bourbon, but positively Rock with Baby Saz. :yum:

hn4bourbon
10-06-2013, 17:59
How about corn chips? Salty, and corn is in most whiskeys and all bourbons?

I'll have to try corn chips out. I have tried sun chips with bourbon and it goes pretty well.

hn4bourbon
10-06-2013, 18:00
Fudgesicles go well with bourbon, but positively Rock with Baby Saz. :yum:

I will have to try this as well! Never tried fudgesicles ever!